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Morning Announcements: March 7, 2012

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March 07, 2012 04:05 pm

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Happy Wednesday! Two days in, two more to go. So treat yourself to a mid-week snack. You’ve gotten this far so you deserve it. While munching, take in some of the latest in education news.

The second round of No Child Left Behind waiver applications have been collected and the U.S. Department of Education has doubled its team of outside peer reviewers who will help decide what changes states must adopt before they can get their second-round proposals approved. As Education Week reports, this includes 42 judges who will examine the 27 waiver applications.

Teachers are not happy campers. The Huffington Post reports that with budget cuts, booming class sizes, radical hiring changes and governors who curtailed a collective-bargaining rights, teachers’ job satisfaction is at a two-decade low, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

Although teachers may be overwhelming dissatisfied with their jobs, they’re still being proactive in serving the needs of struggling students. The Huffington Post also reports that seven school districts in California are working to establish an “early warning system” to identify middle grade students who are at risk of dropping out, and then to vigorously intervene so they don’t.

According to the Chicago Tribune, with the controversy over school closings and turnarounds behind the district lasting at least until next year, Chicago Public Schools advocates are refocusing efforts once again on the longer school day debate. Chicago’s current mandatory school day is 5 hours and 45 minutes however some parents are pushing for the day to extend to 6.5 hours or even 7.5 hours.

In New York City, GothamSchools reports that the city filled out its slate of “turnaround” proposals just minutes before the legal deadline to propose school closures for next year. Within turnaround plans detailed, the city is now turning its focus hearings to discuss the measures.

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