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Morning Announcements: May 15, 2012

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May 15, 2012 04:29 pm

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Good Morning! Take a quick break from the stress of the workload and get acquainted with all what is happening in the education world. Here are today’s top stories.

According to Education Week, in response to congressional action last fall that allows a small amount of tomato paste to count as a serving of vegetables in school meals—and in turn making a slice of pizza the equivalent of a half-cup of broccoli on lunch trays—U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, introduced a bill Monday that would put an end to the practice. The bill is called the SLICE act. Go figure.

Being able read proficiently by the third grade underscores the potential success for a young person and states all across the country are beginning to recognize this correlation be administering a reading test that threatens to hold a child in the third grade is he or she is not yet proficient. According to National Public Radio, proponents of the rule say that kids learn to read until third grade, and then read to learn. But critics argue that holding students back does more harm than good in the long run.

PBS Learning Matters’ John Merrow reports on the design and the aim of the new guidelines. Called the “Common Core,” a new set of state guidelines spell out what young students are expected to learn and what books they’re expected to read. Forty five states and the District of Colombia have already adopted the standards.

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