Morning Announcements: February 28, 2012
February 28, 2012 03:48 pm
Good Morning and Happy Pancake Day! Grab yourself a short stack with all the fixings and kick back to some morning education news. Just try not to get syrup on the keyboard.
After a horrific school shooting at an Ohio school, the Associated Press reports that authorities have announced that a student wounded has been declared brain dead. This is the second reported fatality in an attack that began when a teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school yesterday. A quick thinking teacher is being credited with prevent an even larger massacre.
According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama has urged the nation’s governors to invest more state resources in education. The push for a boost in educational funding stems from President Obama’s assertion that a highly skilled workforce is crucial for the U.S. to remain competitive with other countries.
Education Week’s TeacherBeat reports that a set of draft federal regulations up for debate this week propose requiring states to classify their teacher-preparation programs into four categories from low- to high-performing. The rankings would be based on outcomes indicators such as surveys of graduates and school districts; teacher placement and retention rates; and student-achievement results and would determine aid eligibility.
A Texas school district is keeping up with the changing face of the classroom and jumping on the digital bandwagon. Recognizing the power in providing technology-enriched education, McAllen Independent School District is trying to close its digital divide by distributing thousands of Apple tablet computers. The Huffington Post reports this move could make it the largest iPads program for students in the nation.