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Morning Announcements: February 9th, 2012

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February 09, 2012 04:47 pm

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Don’t fret, a weekend is near. You’re almost there so reward yourself with a healthy dose of education news.

Last year states were allowed the opportunity to apply to be exempt from some provision of the No Child Left Behind act. Now the Associated Press reports that the Obama administration has announced through this report which states have received approval. Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee are the first states to reach exemption status. The Wall Street Journal also documents that while the law has received harsh criticism from both political parties, it has also been the catalyst for school changes nationwide.

As we reported yesterday, Detroit is making increased efforts to get parents involved in the academic development of their children. An important element in the initiative is addressing truancy. Detroit Public Schools are at risk of losing funding in part because of chronic truancy of students. As NPR reports the city has launched an assault and if the parent is willfully not sending their child(ren) to school they face legal reprimand.

Education Week gives you a sneak peak at what President Barack Obama is expected to release his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. The budget cheat sheet gives you an idea of just what to expect in terms of funding for education and reform.

Education reform in terms of teacher evaluations and tenure consideration is sparking debate all over the country, pitting school districts against teachers’ unions with students and parents caught in the middle. The Washington Post reports that the fight over teachers’ job security is underway in Virginia, where this week committees from both houses in the state General Assembly are considering bills to eliminate tenure.

In a dose of positivity as you head off to enjoy the rest of your day! According to the Chicago Tribune, a study finds that schools targeted for aggressive reform and structuring improved even though students continued to score below district standards. Efforts to clean up failing schools included to reform failing including replacing school leadership.

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