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Afternoon Announcements: August 21, 2012

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August 21, 2012 07:09 pm

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The floodgates have opened! It’s a flash flood of Tuesday afternoon announcements! You go on ahead, read what you can, absorb what you must, and then get on with your day! We’ll stay here and try to batten down the hatches. I’m not sure how long we can contain all of it!

First from The Associated Press via Education Week, comes the news that Hispanics now make up a record 16.5 percent of college enrollments of 18-24 year olds at two- and four-year universities. This is according to a Pew Hispanic report released yesterday. The 16.5 percent of Hispanic students represents two million students.

States shifting to the mandated four-year cohort graduation rate may find discrepancies between the graduation rate calculated the new way and the graduation rate using the method the state previously used. Georgia is just such a state, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The newspaper found that for the Class of 2011, “30,751 students left high school without a diploma, nearly double the 15,590 initially reported.” The article goes on to note, “Under the new formula, the state’s graduation rate plunged from 80.9 percent to 67.4 percent, one of the nation’s lowest.”

For folks in the Granite State who felt they were missing out on the whole waiver thing, The Associated Press reports via Education Week that New Hampshire officials are planning to apply for a federal waiver from No Child Left Behind.

If you don’t like traditional teacher licensing and you live in Wisconsin or you’re willing to move there, you’re in luck! The LaCrosse Tribune reports that Wisconsin’s state superintendent announced yesterday “a new equivalency license that would allow people to teach in public schools if they have at least three years’ teaching experience in places like a private school, workplace training center or child care center. Candidates would also have to pass a performance-based assessment process to determine their competency with Wisconsin educator standards. They would not be required to pass a Wisconsin recognized and approved educator preparation program.”

An article in The Denver Post today contends that, at least in Colorado, the digital divide is “more about bandwidth than computer hardware.” Access and bandwidth issues are what now define students access to technology. As the article so astutely describes: “The gap between the technological haves and have-nots, once defined by access to the computer hardware that drives high-tech learning, now centers on an information superhighway that too often recedes to the digital equivalent of rutted rural back roads.”

Great! You got through it! We can’t hold the flood of education-related information back much longer! We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s afternoon announcements! Now run! See you tomo—

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