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Morning Announcements: September 24, 2012

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September 24, 2012 03:18 pm

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The District is downtrodden today. It was a rough weekend here: the Nationals lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, then the Redskins lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, and in between our beloved sports teams faltering, the new panda cub at the National Zoo died. While we nurse our wounds, we hope you’ll peruse today’s roundup of education news.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon writes an anecdotal appeal to Huffington Post readers on the importance of education. He shares his story of growing up in South Korea, a country at the time seeped in war and poverty. “The Republic of Korea was on its knees,” he writes, “but education enabled the country to stand tall again.”

“As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I want every child, without exception, to have the same sense of opportunity that I had.”

Idaho looks to be the next battleground over teacher evaluations based on student performance, tenure, pay and technology in the classroom. The Idaho electorate will vote on Proposition 2 in the November election, which will decide whether the state has to pay based on merit. If it is struck down, the state will not be forced to pay. Get the full story at New York Times.

Coming full circle back to what’s happening in DC, talks are underway, and possibly near conclusion, for a new teachers contract. Unlike the heavy dispute that led to a seven-day strike in Chicago, the DC negotiations seem to be going smoothly. “I think we’re pretty much there,” Washington Teachers’ Union President Nathan Saunders said. The Washington Post has the full story.

I’ll leave you with what is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face, including every wounded Washingtonian. A California math teacher brings Gangnam Style to his high school’s pep rally. That’s a teacher students will never forget!

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