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Morning Announcements: February 27, 2012

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February 27, 2012 03:57 pm

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Greetings! We hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready to get back into the trenches advocating for quality education for all. To help you get started, take a look at some of the latest headlines.

In New York City, the United Federation of Teachers is seeking to politically capitalize on a recent legal setback after the rankings of more than 18,000 teachers were made available to the public. As the New York Times reports, the hotly contested move is actually helping to galvanize members and mobilize allies on the left.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the state of Maryland is set to join the growing number of states seeking exemption from certain elements of the No Child Left Behind act through waivers. The application claims schools should cut achievement gaps in half in the next six years.

According to Education Week, the House education committee will consider a pair of bills aimed at remaking key elements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act beginning on Tuesday. The bills will focus heavily on the role of federal government in education reform.

Teachers unions and community groups in Chicago want to elect their own school board according to the Chicago Tribune. Stung by another round of school closings and turnarounds, some community leaders are looking at how Chicago can return to publicly electing its school board.

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