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Morning Announcements: March 2, 2012

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March 02, 2012 04:54 pm

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Happy Friday! Take in some education news before your afternoon nap.

For the fourth day in a row, Virginia’s Senate put off voting whether to eliminate teacher tenure. According to the Washington Post, the continued delay is because the Senate suggests that Governor Robert F. McDonnell may not yet have secured enough votes to pass the measure.

One-fifth of new principals leave within a year or two, and their schools continue on a downward academic slide, according to the RAND Corp. As Education Week reports, the study suggests that quick principal turnover bodes poorly for schools overall.

Also from Education Week, in Buffalo, New York, school officials are hoping to get state approval for a teacher-evaluation plan that would exclude the performance of as many as half the students in some schools from affecting teachers’ evaluations. This is because many of those students are chronically absent.

Measures to curb bullying continue throughout the country. The Huffington Post reports that legislation calling for a bullying prevention policy in Illinois was approved this week by the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

Now, get some rest and enjoy your weekend.

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