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Afternoon Announcements: December 20, 2011

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December 20, 2011 07:25 pm

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Good afternoon. The Alliance brings you seasons greetings, holiday cheer, and education news. Enjoy!

A large focus for education reform experts has been minimizing the achievement gap that exists between White and Asian students and their non-White counterparts. Education Week reports on the existence of a different type of achievement gap often overlooked. According to new data, African-American students whose primary language is English perform worse on math and reading than Blacks who speak a different language at home.

Just how vital are scholarships? In 1988, two philanthropists give college scholarships to a group of fifth graders from Maryland and their journeys were chronicled by The Washington Post magazine. Learn just how critical scholarship aid is to education and personal development as brought to you by NPR.

Also from Education Week, five communities are receiving up to $6 million in grants to create Promise Neighborhoods. Under a federal program with the same name, educational institutions will be paired with health and community services. This models the Harlem Children’s Zone which President Barack Obama pledged to scale up nearly two years ago.

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