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Afternoon Announcements: December 12, 2011

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December 12, 2011 09:26 pm


It’s yet another slow and sluggish Monday. As you reach for coffee number four, take a look at the latest in education news.

The Alliance strives to raise awareness of the dire need to focus more attention on high schools in terms of educational reform. A new study by researchers at John Hopkins University and the University of Arizona underscores this mission. According to the Washington Post, the study finds that two-fifths of high school students graduate prepared neither for traditional college nor for career training.

Apparently, schools around the country could use a lesson from the military. The New York Times reports that schools located on U.S. military bases outperform public schools based on results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Is there a direct correlation between state budgets and educational performance? The Texas Tribune implicates that the state will, for the first time, examine how reduction in funding and financing of public schools has affected the quality of education.

Nearly every child will say homework is no fun or that they could use much less. CNN takes a look at whether mounting pressure from homework is a legitimate cause for concern for parents, students, and educators. The debate analyzes what constitutes meaningful homework and how much is an appropriate amount.


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