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Morning Announcements: May 23, 2011

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May 23, 2011 02:22 pm

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Two stories from the Associated Press over the weekend on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The first story focuses on President Obama’s weekly radio and Internet address where he called for Congress to send him a rewrite of No Child Left Behind. In the second story, AP reports, “The long-awaited overhaul of the 9-year-old No Child Left Behind law has begun in the House with the first in a series of targeted bills, but a bipartisan, comprehensive reform of the nation’s most important education law still appears far from the finish line.”

Education Week Sean Cavanagh writes about the education reform laws that were passed in many states including the creation or expansion of voucher programs, academic standards, teacher certification, and charter school expansion—in some cases with the backing of both major political parties.

The New York Times reports that Michelle Rhee has named George Parker, former president of Washington, D.C.’s teacher union, as the first senior fellow of Students First, the national group Rhee started after stepping down as DC chancellor last fall.

According o the Denver Post, as the number of online students grows, state data indicate the number of home-schooled students is dropping, and some parents and educators see a link between the two.

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