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Morning Announcements: January 3, 2012

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February 03, 2012 04:51 pm

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Good Morning (barely), before the noon hour hits and you’re off to a extended, three-day “lunch break”, enjoy the latest in education news. These stories should hold you over for the weekend, oops, we mean “lunch hour.”

As Education Week reports, charter school advocates are raising a red flag about a new rule from the Obama administration. These teacher advocates claim the new rules could undermine the ability of teachers in certain schools to participate in state retirement plans.

National Public Radio presents an in-depth look at the struggle to get dropouts back on track. With nearly 25 percent of all U.S. public high school students failing to graduate on time, or at all, President Obama proses a new rule requiring students to stay in school until age 18. But as NPR documents, even with the requirement, Washington, D.C. has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country.

California, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma are among many states that are working on ways to promote, and measure, creativity and innovation in their schools. According to Education Week, as U.S. policy and business leaders are voicing concerns about the importance of bettering creativity and innovative thinking among young people, several states are exploring the implementation of an index that would measure the extent to which schools provide opportunities to foster those qualities.

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