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Morning Announcements: March 13, 2012

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March 13, 2012 04:55 pm

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Greetings! Get a quick bite to eat before getting into  the second half of the work day. Kick back, relax, and enjoy some education news.

For now, a deal reached on teacher evaluations in New York state has helped keep the state’s $700 million federal Race to the Top award. But as Education Week points out, the long-term picture for carrying out the evaluation deal has a lot more fine print involved.

According to the New York Times, children at 10 schools were taught reading using a curriculum designed by the education theorist E.D. Hirsch Jr.’s Core Knowledge Foundation. New data shows these children have significantly outperformed students taught at other schools under a variety of other methods, most of which fell under the definition of “balanced literacy,” an approach that was promoted citywide beginning in 2003.

The Associated Press reports that activists and community leaders are pushing to curtail many schools’ practices against students they considered to be heinous. Tens of thousands of students, most of them disabled, are strapped down or physically restrained in school, and disability advocates hope that a new Education Department report detailing the practice of “seclusion and restraint” will spur federal action to end it.

After August 31st, 2015 anyone who is completing a teacher-education program and seeking a teaching license in the state of Wisconsin will be required to undergo a portfolio-based assessment.  The assessment is formally known as the Teacher Performance Assessment, Huffington Post reports.

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