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Morning Announcements: March 29, 2012

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March 29, 2012 04:12 pm

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Greetings,

Here are the latest headlines in education news to breeze you through your Thursday. Enjoy.

Folks all across the country have been getting spoiled with a mild winter filled with unseasonably warm days. Thanks to the early seasonal change, many students will receive an extra gift of an early summer break. According to USA Today,  at least nine of the snowiest U.S. cities had less than 60% of their average snowfall this year, so many schools will cut the year short.

The benefit of finally graduating from high school or college is no longer being stressed with performing well on standardized tests. The Huffington Post reports that as Texas students started taking a new state-mandated test this week, districts across the state have gradually signed on to a resolution that says high-stakes standardized tests are “strangling our public schools.”

The New York Times reports that according to educational scholars and technology experts, it may take a generation to know for sure whether e-books are better for children than regular books. Amid the excitement and enthusiasm of digital technology in learning, some people are suggesting a closer look, especially for younger children learning to read.

In Washington D.C., parents, students, and educations convened at the city’s Council hearing to voice outrage and concern. According to the Washington Post, the witness list ran nine pages for the hearing on Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed 2013 education budget, testament to the volume of unmet needs and programs at risk of cuts in the city’s schools.

It’s almost prom season, and before countless teens find themselves on internet slideshows of worst prom dresses, many schools’ prom organizers are looking to avoid having to turn away inappropriate attire. The Wall Street Journal reports that many prom organizers are taking pre-emptive action, issuing specific guidelines early, offering dress approval in advance and relying on image-heavy PowerPoint presentations to make it crystal clear what styles will, and won’t, be allowed at the dance.

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