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Afternoon Announcements: August 16, 2012

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August 16, 2012 07:52 pm

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It’s Thursday, better known as Friday Eve here at the Alliance. The weather here in Washington is beautiful, perfect for getting a beach chair, applying suntan lotion,  and…sitting on the sidewalk on Connecticut Avenue reading the following education policy announcements.

Education Week’s Michele McNeil asks “Will Small Districts Even Bother Competing in New Race to Top?” and answers her own question with “Odds are, probably not.” The new district-level Race to the Top competition opened up on Sunday. In the 76 days before applications for the $400 million in funds are due, how many districts will find the time and energy to complete the 116 page application? McNeil analyzes what might keep small districts from getting into the Race.

The Huffington Post has an article today on a new report from the NYCLU that finds in part that “the NYPD arrested 882 students in 2011. Ninety-six percent of students arrested were either black or Latino. 74 percent of those arrested were male. An average of four students are arrested and seven summoned each day over the course of the 216 high school and 209 middle school days.”

The New York Times closes us out today with an article on a new report from Dr. Anthony Carnevale at Georgetown University’s  Center on Education and the Workforce. The study finds, according to the Times that “After suffering the largest share of job losses in the recession, Americans with no more than a high school education have continued to lose jobs during the sputtering recovery while better-educated people have gained millions of jobs.” As we like to say here at the Alliance, the best economic stimulus is a diploma, folks.

Happy Friday Eve. See you tomorrow.

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