Webinar: Can School Improvement Grants Save the Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools?

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June 30, 2010 10:27 pm

That’s the question Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise and Ann Whalen, special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, will be answering during the latest of the Alliance’s webinars on education news from Washington, DC.

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The Boy from Stotesbury

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June 30, 2010 03:03 pm

Like far too many youth today, a boy grows up knowing poverty and hard times. This boy happened to come from Stotesbury, West Virginia, a rural Appalachian community, but he could have grown up in any struggling part of the nation. He defies the odds and graduates from high school. Financially strapped, he goes immediately into the workforce at low paying jobs. But at each opportunity, he moves himself up another rung of the education ladder. Constant self-instruction is mixed with formal education, when available. He reads voraciously and memorizes long poems as a form of mental discipline.

He becomes more successful, but never relents in reading and learning. Even when performing a fulltime and stressful YoungRobertCByrd.blog - The boy from Stotesburyjob—and at an age when most people view formal education as a long ago experience-he attends law school at night, earning his degree at 46. Even afterwards, learning dominates his life. He writes prolifically, he paints, he plays a musical

instrument. Not forgetting where he comes from—or how he got to where he is—he constantly reminds people that education is what is changing his life and will do the same for them.

And he continually strives to provide education opportunities for others so they may have the same success.

This week we mourn the death and celebrate the life of United States Senator Robert C. Byrd. There is much to be heralded about his career. The longest serving U.S. Senator. The U.S. Senator who has held the most leadership positions. An ardent defender of the Constitution. An unchallenged master of the legislative and appropriations process.

His accomplishments are many, but his personal example is equally compelling. It was only through education that he moved from a mountain hollow to dominating the Capitol hallways.

There are millions of potential Robert C. Byrds living in today’s version of countless Stotesburys. Whether this country reaps the benefit of their potential accomplishment depends on the quality of education they receive. Senator

Byrd’s life was a constant demonstration of the transformative impact of education-both for the individual and the nation. As Congress mourns the loss of one of its epic figures, will it dedicate itself to providing the means for many others to attain the same success?
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New Issue of Straight A’s Spotlights Workforce Challenges of High School Dropouts

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June 28, 2010 08:40 pm

Straight A’s: Public Education Policy and Progress: Volume 10, No. 13

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HELP WANTED: New Report Finds Nearly Two Thirds of All Job Openings Will Require Postsecondary Education by 2018: About 63 percent of the 46.8 million job openings created by 2018 will require workers with at least some college education, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Of these job openings, less than 36 percent will require workers to have just a high school diploma or less, finds the report, Help Wanted: Projections of Job and Education Requirements Through 2018.

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Will Congress Take on Another Ruptured Pipeline?

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June 28, 2010 02:25 pm

Two months in and still the issue dominating the Obama administration, the Congress, and the media is the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Every day brings new developments, including the potential impact hurricane season could have on the spill and BP creating an immediate $20 billion fund to handle damages. Everyone knows this is only the beginning.

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Morning Announcements: June 23, 2010

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June 23, 2010 03:15 pm

Three more states including Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada have conditionally adopted common standards, according to Education Week

 

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reporter Catherine Gewertz. And the Washington Post reports that the Maryland Board of Education officially voted on Tuesday to adopt common standards.

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Projections of Job and Education Requirements Through 2018

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June 22, 2010 08:05 pm

projections of jobs - june 22For several years, the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) has been beating the drum on the potential economic gains of a college- and career-ready education and the economic costs resulting from the nation’s high school dropout crisis. Last week, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (the Center) made a similarly powerful case that policymakers, as well as all members of society, should heed.

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Morning Announcements: June 18, 2010

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June 18, 2010 03:15 pm

An editorial in the New York Times calls for states to develop clear, well-publicized antifraud policies to prevent educators from altering student test scores.

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States Pick-Up on the Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate

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June 16, 2010 06:19 pm

On the heels of the release of the Alliance’s study, several major state newspapers are reporting on the economic benefits that their local metropolitan areas could experience if they were to cut their high school dropout rate in half. In a Salt Lake Tribune story, Pam Perlich, a senior research economist at the University of Utah, responded to the study, saying that the Alliance’s research was in line with other research showing that people with higher levels of educational attainment will have better economic outcomes.

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