Afternoon Announcements: August 20, 2012
August 20, 2012 07:19 pm
Welcome back to High School Soup’s Afternoon Announcements! We hope you’ve had a wonderfully relaxing weekend. If you haven’t, please consider this blog post a doctor’s note for your employer. Take Wednesday and Thursday this week; you’ve earned it, intrepid reader.
Much to many in education’s chagrin, the quality of American schools and other education topics are seldom flashpoints in presidential elections. Education Week reports, however, that education aid is becoming an issue that could see some play in this year’s election. Alyson Klein’s article notes, “As the two national party conventions approach, Democrats are already charging that the Wisconsin lawmaker’s controversial budget blueprint, which presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has largely endorsed, would scale back college financial aid and slash other funding for education.”
If you’re a fan of vacation, you just got some more motivation to graduate college. The Huffington Post reports that new data from the Department of Labor finds that “Seventy-two percent of employed college graduates had access to paid time off from their employers last year, in contrast to 35 percent of high school dropouts with jobs.” Even further, “One in four employed high school dropouts did not have access to any unpaid leave last year.”
A new White House report titled “Investing in our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom” says that since the recession ended three years ago 300,000 educators have lost their jobs. These lost positions increased the student-teacher ratio nationally by 4.6 percent from 2008 to 2010, reversing decreases in the ratio that occurred over the past decade. President Obama in his weekly address expressed concern saying, “’Think about what that means for our country. At a time when the rest of the world is racing to out-educate America; these cuts force our kids into crowded classrooms, cancel programs for preschoolers and kindergarteners, and shorten the school week and the school year. That’s the opposite of what we should be doing as a country.’” The Huffington Post has more.
Have a great rest of the day!