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Morning Announcements: June 11, 2012

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June 11, 2012 03:18 pm

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Good morning and welcome to your Monday edition of Morning Announcements here at High School Soup! Shake out the weekend cobwebs and let’s get down to this morning’s developments.

We told you recently that the U.S. Department of Education had released a draft of its rules for a proposed Race to the Top competition at the district level. Education Week  reports that “the department has received hundreds of comments, from the big organizations representing governors, state schools chiefs, and state and local school board members to well-known think tanks, like the Center for American Progress, and random interested folks who just go by their first names, Madonna-style.”

The Common Core State Standards represent a major shift in and reform for American education. Among the changes? Scrapping rote learning and cursive, the San Francisco Chronicle notes. In the article, Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, asks, “Is it still necessary for kids to learn their times table when they can pick up their iPhone and ask Siri what is 20 times 2?”

The Oakland Press reports on a study by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies that concludes that black students in urban districts perform better in math and reading if they’re in charter schools than if they’re in public schools. The data comes from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP).

Space constraints are a constant struggle in urban districts. The New York Times offers this troubling feature on two charter schools sharing the same space and the difficulties that result from this arrangement.

Finally, the Indianapolis Star reports on Hamilton Heights’ Middle School’s new 1:1 laptop learning program. The program is “designed to better prepare students for their constantly changing world.”

That’s it from us for this morning! Have a great Monday, and we’ll see you tomorrow with more announcements!

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