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Morning Announcements: March 16, 2012

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March 16, 2012 03:27 pm

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Friday is here and we at the Alliance for Excellent Education wish you a prosperous weekend of good wholesome fun. For the rest of us you, just make sure you manage to get back to work on time Monday after celebrating a weekend’s worth of Irish heritage (or pretend Irish affiliation). Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Class sizes and limited staffing continues to be a barrier for academic success in school districts all through the country. As the Texas Tribune  reports, the number of elementary classes exceeding the state’s 22-student cap soared to 8,479 from 2,238 last school year.

Teacher satisfaction and evaluation continue to be the hotbed issues of the moment, snagging education headlines everywhere.  In New York state, legislative leaders agreed to turn a new teacher evaluation system into law, according to the New York Times. This would bring the state one step closer to ensuring that the state will hold on to $700 million in federal education aid.

Not only did the MetLife survey uncover the dissatisfaction teachers have with their jobs, USA Today reports that a survey finds teachers don’t trust annual state skills tests either. Additionally, teachers think linking student performance to teacher pay is “absolutely essential” in retaining good teachers.

The degradation of teachers continues as the Associated Press reports that the majority of teacher retirement funds are in fact underfunded according to a new study. As a new generation of teachers replaces retiring baby boomers, financially strapped states face a quandary about what to do with teacher pensions.

We reported last week that although fast food establishments opt out of serving pink slim in their beef, the government had no qualms about serving it to students. Technically they still don’t, but in an update from the Huffington Post, schools will soon be able to opt out of the pink-slime-infused beef in school districts around the country.

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