Morning Announcements: March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011 02:54 pm

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The New York Times reports on sweeping teacher layoffs across the nation.

The Daily News reports on homeless students in upper Manhattan, NY and the challenges they face in earning an education.

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Bob Wise and Ed Rust Op-ed in The Huffington Post

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March 30, 2011 07:29 pm

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Check out this op-ed by Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, and Edward B. Rust Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer of State Farm Mutual® and its principal affiliates.

Boosting Graduation Rates

By: Bob Wise and Edward B. Rust Jr.

Last Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden issued a call to boost college graduation rates across the country and meet President Obama’s goal of the United States having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. A key component of reaching that goal is graduating more students from high school. Every year, more than one million students leave high school without a diploma.

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Morning Announcements: March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011 03:38 pm

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On Monday, President Barack Obama said that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways than just exam results. Read more in an Associated Press story.

Education Week reports on the recent International Summit on the Teaching Profession and how education leaders from across the nation gathered to share ideas on improving teaching.

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Rural Oregon sending more high school grads to college, despite the rougher road

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March 29, 2011 09:24 pm

Today, The Oregonian reported on college enrollment rates in rural parts of Oregon. Eighteen percent of Oregon’s rural adults have college degrees, compared with about 31 percent of urban adults, which mirrors national percentages. However, the story discuses a recent shift in college enrollment patterns:

In 2003, about 65 percent of the nation’s rural high school graduates attended college, compared with 75 percent of urban and suburban students, federal research shows. By 2008, an OUS report shows, Oregon had narrowed that gap, with 52 percent of rural students attending college, compared with 58 percent for urban. The Oregonian found an even smaller gap in 2009 graduates. The percents enrolling in college were 59 urban, 62 suburban, 58 small town and 60 rural. A larger share of small-town and rural students, however, chose the state’s 17 community colleges over its seven public universities. Data was not available for graduates attending out-of-state or private colleges.

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Morning Announcements: March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011 04:22 pm

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A group of civil rights and advocacy organizations are calling to keep subgroup mandates in the reauthorization of ESEA, Education Week reports. The Alliance for Excellent Education was among the signers of the letter that was sent to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and lawmakers overseeing reauthorization on Capitol Hill.

Ed Week also reports that some Race to the Top winners are scaling back on ambitious plans and deadlines.

And on the Curriculum Matters blog, Catherine Gewertz reports that a group of school districts in California isn’t waiting around for the state to build curriculum frameworks aligned with the common core state standards.

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Moving from an Education Funnel to a Pipeline

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March 25, 2011 07:06 pm

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On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden issued a call to increase college graduation rates across the meet President Obama’s goal for the United States having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.  Vice President Biden spoke at GradNation, an event sponsored by the America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. During his remarks, he said:

“Right now we’ve got an education system that works like a funnel when we need it to work like a pipeline. We have to make the same commitment to getting folks across the graduation stage that we did to getting them into the registrar’s office. The dreams and skills of our college graduates will pave the way to a bright economic future for our nation.”

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People are Talking about the Alliance’s Study on Education and the Economy

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March 25, 2011 03:51 pm

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This Tuesday, the Alliance released Education and the Economy: Boosting the Nation’s Economy by Improving High School Graduation Rates. The study demonstrates the economic benefits the nation—as well as each state—would likely see if its number of high school dropouts was cut in half.

In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Patrick Gasper, spokesman for the state Department of Public Instruction, references the study saying, “At a time when the evidence shows us yet again that we should be investing in education as the tool to improve Wisconsin economy, the governor’s budget includes the highest cut to public education in our state’s history.” And in Maine, The Times Recordcites the study findings to support a law adopted by the state legislature last year that requires all Maine high schools to graduate at least 90 percent of their students by 2016. And Morton Kondracke covered the report in his most recentcolumn in Roll Call, writing, “It’s a powerful argument for investment in education and reform.” Read the full piece below:

There’s Hope for Better Schools — if Congress Helps
By Morton M. Kondracke
March 24, 2011

Unless Congress blows it, the United States has the best chance ever to finally make its public education system world class.

There’s widespread awareness — not just among education reformers, but employers and ordinary people — that American schools are second-rate by international standards and that it’s dangerous to the nation’s economic health and national security.

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Report Round-Up

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March 25, 2011 03:49 pm

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Education and the Economy: Boosting the Nation’s Economy by Improving High School Graduation Rates from the Alliance for Excellent Education. This study demonstrates the economic benefits the nation—as well as each state—would likely see if its number of high school dropouts was cut in half. The state-by-state and national findings include the growth in jobs, home ownership, levels of spending and investment, and car sales.

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise from Alliance for Excellent EducationCivic Enterprises, and the Data Quality Campaign. This publication provides leaders from business, philanthropy, and education with background on data issues; describes challenges that must be overcome; and makes recommendations for moving forward.

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Morning Announcements: March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011 02:02 pm

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In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Senator Michael Bennet (CO) discusses four key strategies for improving No Child Left Behind, and writes, “With NCLB, Congress has the chance to begin the hard work of fulfilling the promise that children across this country believe we’ve already made to them.”

A nation of dropouts is shaking Europe, according to the Wall Street Journal. Reporter Charles Forelle writes, “The state of Portuguese education says a lot about why a rescue is likely to be needed, and why one would be costly and difficult. Put simply, Portugal must generate enough long-term economic growth to pay off its large debts. An unskilled work force makes that hard…Just 28% of the Portuguese population between 25 and 64 has completed high school. The figure is 85% in Germany, 91% in the Czech Republic and 89% in the U.S.”

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Accelerate Program Looking for New School Leaders

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March 24, 2011 06:56 pm

The Accelerate Program prepares outstanding educators to lead start-up charter schools that will succeed from the beginning – to help close the achievement gap. Accelerate started in Chicago and has since expanded to New York, Los Angeles and the San-Francisco –Oakland area.

From now until early April, the Accelerate New School Leadership Program is seeking applicants and nominees to enroll in its two-year professional development program designed to create an elite corps of principals in new charter schools. The opportunity includes a paid summer leadership institute at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, residency in a high-performing charter school and eventually, the chance to lead your own new school.

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