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Morning Announcements: March 14, 2012

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March 14, 2012 04:27 pm

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Happy Pi Day!

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It’s March 14th, also known as 3.14. Mathematicians, scientists, geeks and number enthusiasts all over celebrate this day by embracing the beauty in the never-ending number π. While you’re finding creative ways to incorporate π into your day like this generous tipper, get up-to-date with the latest in education news.

According to the New York Times, a new poll released today has found that a majority of New York City voters approve of the public release of ratings for thousands of public school teachers, even though a plurality of voters believe that the ratings are flawed.

Continuing with the big debate in education on how to determine who’s an effective teacher, the New York Times also reports that a school in the city is test driving a pilot teacher evaluation system. New York City set off a controversy by ranking teachers based on their students’ performance on state exams. But city officials acknowledge test scores alone are no way to judge teacher quality. The Times visited a school that is trying out a system educators believe can be much more accurate.

On the other side of the country, the Los Angeles Times reports that L.A. the public school board approved a preliminary budget that would also close all of the district’s adult schools and cut some after-school and arts programs. The L.A. Unified budget would cut thousands of jobs.

And in the Midwest, an analysis of test-score data done for Bridge Magazine by Public Sector Consultants shows charters falling along roughly the same achievement lines as traditional public schools, for both better-off and less-advantaged students.

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