Report Round-Up: March 30, 2012

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March 30, 2012 07:04 pm

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A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education, Lumina Foundation

This report from the Lumina Foundation finds that the number of adult Americans who have earned college degrees has been increasing, but not fast enough to keep up with workforce demands. At the current rate, employers in 2025 will need about 23 million more degree-holders than the nation’s colleges and universities will have produced.

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Morning Announcements: March 30, 2012

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March 30, 2012 04:20 pm

Happy Friday! Before rushing out to enjoy the weekend, get your last educational news fix for week with the latest headlines below.

From Education Week, as the U.S. House of Representatives debates a Republican budget for 2013 that would cut taxes and federal spending, Senator  Tom Harkin (D-IA) is offering a countermeasure that would spend more money on things like education and workforce training, and eliminate some corporate tax breaks.

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Morning Announcements: March 29, 2012

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March 29, 2012 04:12 pm

Greetings,

Here are the latest headlines in education news to breeze you through your Thursday. Enjoy.

Folks all across the country have been getting spoiled with a mild winter filled with unseasonably warm days. Thanks to the early seasonal change, many students will receive an extra gift of an early summer break. According to USA Today,  at least nine of the snowiest U.S. cities had less than 60% of their average snowfall this year, so many schools will cut the year short.

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Stats that Stick: March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012 07:56 pm

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Average reading level of high school students today: 5.3

A compilation of the top 40 books teens in grades 9-12 are reading in school shows that the average reading level of that list is barely above the fifth grade. The report reflects trends in national reading scores, which remain low. On the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 34 percent of fourth and eight grade students were rated reading “proficient.”

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Morning Announcements: March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012 04:40 pm

Wednesday is here and as usual we provide you with a mid-week boost with some riveting educational news. Enjoy!

American University Radio sheds light on the impact dropping out of high school causes for many youth as they struggle economically. The Alliance has already offered data on the disparities between high school graduates and dropout in terms of lifetime income and salaries. American University introduces to you to students who are attempting to get the lives back on track through dropout recovery schools.

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Afternoon Announcements: March 27, 2012

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March 27, 2012 06:07 pm

Good Afternoon.

Hopefully a Monday diet left you with a healthy appetite for education news. Bon appetite!

A few weeks ago the Alliance informed you of a pink slime that many beef products contain, especially in neighborhood schools. As the New York Times reports, parents around the country are pressing their school districts to stop serving the pink slime-infused products available in many school lunch rooms. Some schools are now responding to those parents’ calls.

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Alliance President Bob Wise on Building a Grad Nation Summit

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March 27, 2012 05:20 pm

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Last week, the 2012 Building a Grad Nation Summit in Washington, DC saw a powerful collection of hundreds of practitioners, policymakers, community and business leaders, and students gathered together to mobilize against the high school dropout crisis. From the hundreds of individual voices in the crowd came a clear, single message: improving educational outcomes for the nation’s students is a critical mission, but today, the need has heightened to a fever pitch.

As a nation, the United States finds itself at a unique crossroad; changing demographics have changed the game. No longer can the nation afford—morally or economically—to allow its students of color and Native students to drop out of high school at the current and alarmingly high rates.

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Report Round-Up: March 23, 2012

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March 23, 2012 07:47 pm

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Building a Grad Nation- America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education
Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University

This report addresses each state, the District of Columbia, as well as the nation’s graduation rates and finds that overall the graduation rate for the United States has risen to 75 percent. Researchers also found that the number of “dropout factories,” schools that fail to graduate more than 60 percent of students on time, had dropped by more than 450 between 2002 and 2010, but that 1,550 remain.

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Afternoon Announcements: March 23, 2012

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March 23, 2012 06:38 pm

Happy Friday. We’re sure you’re anxious to get a head start on your weekend celebrations but before you head out the door make sure you’re caught up on all the education news.

According to the Associated Press, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers called on Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and state lawmakers to boost funding for education in in the state, saying that teachers and schools already have sacrificed all they can.

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Morning Announcements: March 22, 2012

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March 22, 2012 05:11 pm

Here are your latest headlines in education news.

It is no surprise that when teachers leave schools, overall morale appears to suffer enough that student achievement declines. TeacherBeat sheds light on a new study recently presented at a conference held by the Center for Longitudinal Data in Education Research. The study concludes teacher turnover has adverse affects for both those taught by the departed teachers and by students whose teachers stayed put.

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