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Afternoon announcements: Equity important in education, federal commission finds

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February 20, 2013 08:09 pm

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The Equity and Excellence Commission, an expert panel created by Congress in 2010, released a report on Tuesday noting the importance of closing the achievement gap between low-income and middle- and upper-class students. To do this, the report recommends changing the way public schools are financed, improving teacher quality, and investing in early-childhood education. Washington Post and Politics K-12

An increasing number of jobs – even unlikely ones – require a college degree. As this article says, “The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma.” New York Times

Blended learning is helping adopter schools create more personalized learning experiences for their students. This must-read feature looks at one student and her path towards success in a school that incorporates traditional teaching with digital tools. Education Sector

If you haven’t read the much talked about “Warnings From the Trenches” letter, written by a retired high school government teacher to college professors, you should. The piece discusses the students of the No Child Left Behind generation who have been inundated with standardized tests and what it will mean for them in college. Inside Higher Ed

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