Commissioner’s Update – Aug. 11, 2011

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Our teachers and administrators are spending more and more time in their school buildings this month preparing for the beginning of a new school year.

In some of our districts, students will return to those buildings as soon as next week.

What does all of that mean? Quite simply, the end of summer is in sight.

As you gear up for a new academic year, the Commissioner’s Update this week returns to a weekly publication schedule; the next edition will come out Aug. 18.

Today, we bring you news from some of the many trainings our educators attended this summer, our latest thinking here at the Department of Education with regard to seeking a waiver from some of the provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, and — as always — need-to-know information for the personnel who keep our school districts running behind the scenes.

— Stephen Bowen



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