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Afternoon Announcements: August 15, 2012

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August 15, 2012 06:40 pm

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Whoa! Wednesday! I didn’t see you there! Don’t creep up on me like that. At least cough or jingle your keys or something so I know you’re right behind me. You almost have me too nervous to write about today’s Afternoon Announcements. Almost.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the University System of Georgia may be experiencing a “rare decrease” in the number of students it has. The article notes that “of the system’s 35 colleges, 33 taught fewer students this summer.” This is bad news because tuition and fees from students covers approximately 50 percent of the cost of teaching them.

Officials at the Kansas Department of Education say that their waiver from No Child Left Behind “does not remove accountability” and “will produce a better way to gauge student performance and get help to students who need it,” according to the Lawrence Journal-World. Last month, Kansas became one of 32 states and the District of Columbia to receive an NCLB waiver.

Speaking of NCLB waivers, New Jersey is taking theirs and setting out their plans for turning around the Garden State’s lowest performing schools. According to Education Week, New Jersey “is taking an approach centered on the creation of seven Regional Achievement Centers that will monitor and intervene in the state’s lowest-performing schools, which ultimately could be subject to closure by the state.”

The Baltimore Sun closes us out today by reporting on a “boot camp” for rising seniors provided at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland. The boot camp takes place before school comes back into session. Students come to school to learn about college applications, essay writing, and how to navigate admissions websites. The camp is intended to let students “be seniors” and not stress about their post-high school plans.

We’ll be back shortly with some Stats That Stick!

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