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Afternoon Announcements: Georgia School District Partners with Local Factory to Reduce High School Dropout Rate

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September 27, 2013 04:28 pm

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Nine months after the U.S. Department of Education named 16 winners to share $400 million in the first Race to the Top for districts, change orders already are being approved. The 16 winners have pitched ambitious plans to dramatically improve their districts, with a focus on personalized learning (a top priority of the department’s). Politics K-12

Scores on the SAT college entrance exam dipped three points for Montgomery County students who graduated in the spring, according to figures released Thursday, but Montgomery’s performance remains well above the state and national averages. The Washington Post

An electric wire factory in western Georgia is staffed almost entirely by teenagers. They are there because of a partnership between a local company, Southwire, and the Carroll County school system. They teamed up six years ago to try to reduce the high school dropout rate. NPR

Houston has long been a darling of education reformers with its extensive and deeply rooted charter school network and experimentation with controversial ideas like merit pay for teachers. Still, the city’s efforts to shake up its education system tend to get less notice than places like New Orleans or Washington, D.C., where reforms have led to heated and sometimes vitriolic debates about the role of teachers unions, charter schools and accountability for teachers. Hechinger Ed

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