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Morning Announcements: February 29, 2012

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February 29, 2012 04:42 pm

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Good Morning and Happy Leap Day! February 29 only comes around once every four years so enjoy it now before you don’t see it again until 2016.

Education Week reports that the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved a largely partisan, GOP-backed legislation reauthorizing portions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bills, both introduced by U.S. Representative John Kline of Minnesota, would scale down the federal role in education and give states much more control when it comes to K-12 policy.

Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is calling for national standards to guide educators in investigating claims of cheating on standardized tests, according to the Washington Post.  She contends that without those standards, school districts will continue to be second-guessed in their efforts to probe and punish such misconduct.

We’ve been following the fight over school closures in New York City and as the New York Times reports, the city’s Education Department has continued its plan to restore federal grants to 33 struggling schools. Yesterday, the city released proposals to close eight of those schools, replace half of their staff, then reopen them under new names, all in a bid to bypass a required teacher evaluation system.

According to a new report released by an educational arts non-profit,  art programs played a factor in improving standardized test scores at three schools in Chicago over three years. The Chicago Tribune reports that along side Loyola University, the study by Changing Worlds is just the latest calling for more arts education in Chicago Public Schools.

In honor of Leap Day, the Washington Post introduces you to five college sophomores at William and Lee University born on this day in 1992. So technically today is their 5th birthday! Having 5 “leaplings” in one college class is 10 times the national average. Not surprisingly, these studious college kids intend to spend their birthdays studying. Thank goodness that by the time their 6th birthday comes along in 2016 they will have graduated.

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