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Morning Announcements: June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011 03:25 pm

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The New York Times reports 165 Washington teachers were fired last year based on a pioneering evaluation system that places significant emphasis on classroom observations; next month, 200 to 600 of the city’s 4,200 educators are expected to get similar bad news, in the nation’s highest rate of dismissal for poor performance.

In a letter to state superintendents, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stresses testing integrity, according to the Baltimore Sun.

A recent Education Week blog post begins with, “Teachers from across northwestern Maryland arrived here Monday on buses and in carpools, many of them lugging thick binders containing the ‘common standards’ recently adopted by their state. Their mission: to make sense of those standards, figure out how to apply them in their classrooms, and bring those lessons back to their schools.” Read the complete post.

As one-time aid from the federal economic-stimulus program and the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund evaporates, states using that money to keep their special education budgets afloat are starting to come up short—in some cases putting other federal aid in jeopardy, according to Education Week.

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