Morning Announcements: March 20, 2012
March 20, 2012 04:31 pm
Happy first day of spring! Although most of the nation has enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures for the last several weeks, today marks the official start of the spring season. Take a moment catch up on the latest in education before taking a springtime stroll to smell the budding flowers… unless you have really bad allergies, then we wouldn’t suggest that.
Two years into the implementation of the federal School Improvement Grant program, Education Week reports that state officials are generally optimistic about its potential, but have a lot of ideas for perfecting it. After a pair of reports were released today by the Center on Education Policy, Education Secretary Arne Duncan finds the early data on School Improvement Grant program to be promising. Education Week also discusses whether the combination of large federal investments and tight federal strings actually make a difference for the nation’s lowest-performing schools.
Education Week is full of reports today as they also offer an update on the waiver application process for the No Child Left Behind Act. The U.S. Department of Education, which is in the middle of granting waivers to states from many of the core tenets of the act, is already thinking ahead to how it can offer the same flexibility to school districts in states that choose not to seek a waiver.
Lastly, both the Associated Press and the Huffington Post present compelling information on a new report that cites critical shortages in foreign-language speakers and a growing lack of expertise in science, defense and aerospace as baby boomers retire as a failure to prepare students for the changing world. The report organizers, former New York City schools chief Joel Klein and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, insist that this continued culture of mediocrity is a threat to the nation’s economy and national security.