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Afternoon Announcements: August 27, 2012

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August 27, 2012 08:55 pm


Hello and happy Monday! While we’re being oxymoronic with phrases like “happy Monday,” let me just say that we have a little giant of bittersweet announcements today complete with quiet riots and serious jokes. If you like what you see here, please fill our comments with something more than a deafening silence. We’ll see you tomorrow!

U.S. News and World Report starts us off today with this bold headline: “High School Grads in China, India Are Better Prepared for College.” The assertion comes from a recent Center for American Progress and Center for the Next Generation report that finds that, “As many U.S. school districts try to do more with less after a steady stream of funding cuts, lawmakers in India and China are making substantial investments in their public education systems. China’s investment in high school education rose from $4.1 billion to $13 billion between 2001 and 2006, an increase of 212.6 percent…India spent $44 billion on education in 2008, a substantial increase from the country’s $11 billion annual investment in the late 1980s.” As a partial result of these investments, high school attendance and graduation rates both increased.

The Hechinger Report has a compelling Q&A today with a new college student. Exiel Sanchez, a 17-year-old from the Bronx is described as “excited about starting classes” but also nervous and unprepared for college-level academics.” Sanchez says, “I was never taught to be ready for college.”

For about 10,000 high school seniors in New Mexico, the high school exit exam still looms as an obstacle to obtaining their diplomas. The Associated Press has the report via The Republic.

A new program in Montana is giving high school students a discount on their college courses. The Associated Press reports via Education Week that “The Montana University System says the dual-enrollment program allows qualified students to take college level classes for credits that can apply toward both their high school diploma and a college degree. Online courses are also available at the Montana Digital Academy.”

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