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Afternoon Announcements: Fairfax County Schools Projects a $156 Million Deficit

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September 25, 2013 12:40 pm

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Administrators for Fairfax County public schools are projecting a $156 million deficit for next year’s budget as the school system seeks to provide teachers and staff with significant raises after years of stagnant compensation. “It’s not good news,” Susan Quinn, Fairfax schools’ chief financial officer, told board members during a meeting Monday. “We have huge challenges ahead of us.” The Washington Post

The Obama administration and a growing number of states have embraced the idea that graduates’ earnings in the years after graduation can measure the quality of a college or major. Systems to display wages by college and program are gaining steam and growing in sophistication. They could transform how Americans evaluate the value of a college education — and, eventually, whether state and federal governments will pay for it. Politico ProEducation

A Lancaster County, Pennsylvania representative has introduced a bill that seeks to make online courses a staple in the learning opportunities offered at more public schools. The Patriot-News

In the ongoing quest to save money on public schools, and improve teaching and learning, some school districts across the country have come up with a new idea: The four-day school week. A few hundred school districts, in 17 states, have switched to four-day schedules for students, according to a report on TimesDispatch.com. NJ.com

Starting in January, students who have graduated from a Florida high school in recent years can skip non-credit remedial classes, even if tests show they may not be ready to perform at a college level. The impact could be huge. About 62 percent of high school graduates entering Broward College and 68 percent entering Palm Beach State College were forced to take non-credit remedial classes, due to poor scores on a placement test. Huffington Post Miami

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