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Morning Announcements: March 6, 2012

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March 06, 2012 04:50 pm


Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! Enjoy the latest headlines in education news.

TeacherBeat reports that a study recently released by the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research concluded that a variety of Florida alternative-certification programs attracted a more qualified-on-paper group of teacher candidates compared to traditionally certified teachers. However these alternative programs varied in how effective their graduates were in the classroom.

Also in Florida, National Public Radio introduces you to eighteen year-old Daniela Pelaez. She is the valedictorian of her high school in Miami. However, despite stellar academic performance and having lived in the United States since she was four, Daniela is facing deportation. Her lawyer has said they will appeal the federal judge’s ruling. And in the meantime, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman says that the agency will not rush to act in her case.

NPR is also reporting that school districts are getting tougher on third graders. There’s little dispute among educators that kids aren’t reading as well as they should be. Now, a growing number of states are taking a hardline approach, requiring that third-graders who can’t read at grade level be automatically held back. But some worry that will do more harm than good.

Tough tactics and discipline may be used to ensure students achieve but as the New York Times reports, African-American students were three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. Overall, Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.

It may be unacceptable to use for McDonald’s and Burger King, but pink slime is perfectly fine  to feed children in lunchrooms, at least for the federal government. According to the Huffington Post, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is purchasing 7 million pounds of the “slime” for school lunches. Pink slime, the ammonia-treated meat that comes in a bright lipstick-like shade, is a ground-up combination of beef scraps, cow connective tissues and other beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. It’s then blended into traditional meat products like ground beef and hamburger patties.


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