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Morning Announcements: May 7, 2012

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May 07, 2012 04:18 pm

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Happy Monday, or at least pretend it is. It’s also test time for thousands of students around the country. Space yourself, relax and don’t cram! Don’t end up like this guy here.

Here are some headlines to kick off your week!

The Associated Press reports that in the next two weeks, 2 million students will take 3.7 million end-of-year AP exams – figures well over double those from a decade ago. Last year, 18 percent of U.S. high school graduates passed at least one AP exam (by scoring 3 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5), up from 11 percent a decade ago. The increase in test takers underscores an rise in expectations for high performing students.

According to the Boston Globe, the Boston City Council is questioning the growing cost of a plan to relocate or expand seven popular schools this fall, casting a cloud of uncertainty over the changes. Since the School Committee first approved the plan last November, the cost has nearly doubled to $20 million, which also includes the opening of two new schools.

Teacher layoffs continue to be a sign of a struggling economy and suffering educational climate. But keeping teachers can pose problems as well. The Associated Press reports that in Los Angeles, roughly 75 percent of teachers who received layoff warnings were either never laid off or laid off and called back to work, according to a 27-page report that recommended changes in the layoff process. And the Washington Post reports that 333 District of Columbia teachers received “excess notices” informing them that downsizing would eliminate their jobs.

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