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Morning Announcements: March 9, 2012

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March 09, 2012 04:45 pm

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Happy Friday! In only a matter of hours you will be free to hang out and enjoy the weekend. (If you haven’t already done so.) For now, catch up with the latest in education news.

According to the Huffington Post, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) will introduce an early education bill to help the economy. The plan stems from when the Senator asked a panel of education experts at a committee hearing how they would improve the country’s public schools. He was surprised by the fact they didn’t mention early learning.

We’ve been following the battle over teacher tenure in Virginia for quite some time and now the fight may have finally drawn to a close. The Washington Post reports that Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s bill to eliminate tenure-style job protections for public school teachers died yesterday at the hands of the Republican-led Senate.

Education Week reports on two programs that lost funding when Congress revised its rules on earmarks: Teach for America and the National Writing Project. Under a new $24.6 million competitive program called the Supporting Effective Educators Development or SEED program; these organizations will get some federal money after all.

According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, teachers aren’t getting enough formal preparation on how to make use of the reams of assessment data states are generating. As TeacherBeat reports, the organization notes in a brief released today that teacher’s assessment preparation is weak.

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