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Afternoon Announcements: August 29, 2012

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August 29, 2012 08:29 pm


It’s time for your Wednesday announcements. No pith, jokes, or philosophical conundrums today, we’re just sending positive thoughts and good hopes toward those affected by Hurricane Isaac. Stay safe out there, folks.

A survey from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office estimates that over 470,000 students are on waiting lists this fall to get into courses they need. The Los Angeles Times reports that the survey “quantified the myriad problems affecting the system, many of which have been anecdotally reported by students on many campuses.” This problem is largely due to significant budget cuts.

New Hampshire, come on down, you’re soon to be the next contestant for a No Child Left Behind waiver. The Concord Monitor reports that New Hampshire’s draft waiver application will be released this week.

Education Week reports on a question that will likely become more prevalent as populations age in towns across America: how does a prevalence of older citizens affect education spending? The article begins by discussing Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Valley district, which hasn’t increased taxes in three years and is “pushing out a message to older residents about energy conservation, equipment reuse, and other cost savings.”

The headline says it all: “Dropout Signs Can Be Spotted Early Among Frequent School Ditchers — Report.” The Huffington Post has the article on how chronic absenteeism affects student outcomes and reduces their odds of graduating college and career ready. For more, check out the Alliance’s work on this issue.

That’s it for our announcements, we’ll have some Stats That Stick promptly!


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