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Morning Announcements: January 18, 2011

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January 18, 2011 04:52 pm

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The Associated Press covers the political debate over the renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, quoting Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as saying, “No one I’m talking to is defending the status quo. Everyone I talk to really shares my sense of urgency that we have to do better for our children. We’re fighting for our country here.”

The New York Times writes about e-learning labs at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The students learn about core subjects through a computer program with no teachers, instead, a facilitator is used to make sure students progress and overcome any technical problems.

In addition, the Times recaps new governors’ inaugural remarks, observing, “In years past, new governors have introduced themselves in inaugural remarks filled with cheery, soaring hopes; plans for expansions to education, health care and social services; and the outlines of new, ambitious local projects. But an examination of more than two dozen opening addresses of incoming governors in recent days shows that such upbeat visions were often eclipsed by worries about jobs, money and budget gaps. Those speeches are the best indication thus far of the intentions of this class of 37 governors — 26 new and the others re-elected.”

The Associated Press also covers the tough year ahead for state budgets while NPR explains how schools are learning new strategies to do more with less.

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