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Morning Announcements: June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011 03:01 pm

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Thousands of educators, parent activists, and others are expected to convene in the heat and humidity of Washington next month for a march protesting the current thrust of education policy in the United States, especially the strong emphasis on test-based accountability, Education Week reports. Also from Education Week – The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday warned school districts across the country against taking steps to ban students from forming gay-straight alliances and similar support groups in their schools.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed ambitious education reforms into law Monday that will change how Illinois educators earn tenure and how districts remove ineffective teachers from the classroom, with seniority for the first time mattering less than performance.

According to a forecaster developed by UCLA, the California unemployment rate is predicted to fall below 10 percent in mid 2013.

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