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Morning Announcements: May 9, 2012

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May 09, 2012 03:50 pm

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Happy Wednesday! There is still plenty of time for you to show appreciate for your children’s teacher, neighborhood teachers, or even educators from your childhood with whom you are still in contact.

The Wall Street Journal reports that despite the voluntary adaptation by 46 states and the District of Columbia within two years, conservative groups are challenging the Common Core State Standards siting it as a federal intrusion into state education initiatives. Supporters, including the Alliance for Excellent Education, say the Common Core standards better prepare students for college or the workforce, and are important as the U.S. falls behind other nations in areas such as math proficiency.

According to Education Week, despite the economic downturn, few men sign up to teach. Experts say previous recessions have helped boost the share of men entering the teaching profession—but not this time. A panel of researchers and former elementary teachers at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia last month argued that the diminishing status of teachers generally, coupled with continuing sexism against men working with children, is helping tamp down the number of men willing to enter the field.

From the Associated Press, if Governor has his way, Puerto Rico will be fully bilingual by the year 2022. The governor is trying to do what more than a century of American citizenship has failed to accomplish: make Puerto Ricans fluent in English. He faces much pushback, however, as Puerto Ricans are still evenly split on whether the island territory should pursue U.S Statehood, an initiative the Governor supports and what many natives see as the stimulus for increased bilingual education.

The Huffington Post presents a new report that stresses that the fight the end childhood obesity should begin in American classrooms. Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation’s obesity battle, but to trim Americans’ waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people live, work, play and learn, the new report says.

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