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Morning Announcements: June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011 03:37 pm

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The Chicago Tribune writes about Simpson Academy for Young Women in Chicago and their decision to allow its pregnant students to stay until graduation and take advantage of the constant motivation and camaraderie from peers and staff. Sana Bell, a recent graduate of Simpson Academy explains why graduating was important to her:  “I don’t want to be on welfare my whole life. I want to have a salary and my own health insurance. I want to own a car and I want to have my own everything. Graduating from high school and going to college is going to help me give my son a better life.”

In Idaho today, state schools chief Tom Luna kicked off the  first meeting of a new task force that will help determine how to implement new school technology investments, the Spokesman-Review reports. Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise were in attendance to discuss the value of digital learning.

On a similar note, Education Week reports, in virtual labs that give high school students remote control of real-world lab equipment, the constraints and artificial simplicity that a 50-minute class period imposes on an experimental design fade away.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will pump $9.7 million over three years into the Colorado Legacy Foundation, whose work with the state Department of Education will address implementation of new teacher evaluation systems, according to the Denver Post.

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