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Afternoon Announcements: Impact Aid Districts Impacted by Across-the-Board Budget Cuts

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July 23, 2013 04:09 pm

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has been working both sides of the political divide trying to pass much-needed education reforms from student loans to the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Wall Street Journal 

A Bronx, New York elementary school principal was once told not to go to college by a guidance counselor. The counselor suggested going into the Navy instead. “I learned from that counselor that there was something wrong with the public schools, and I wanted to fix it,” Torres said. “That counselor discouraging me from going to college has actually kept me motivated right until the present.” New York Daily News

The school districts most impacted by across-the-board federal sequestration cuts are the ones who receive money from the $1.2 billion Impact Aid program. The program helps districts that have a large federal presence make up for lost tax revenue. Politics K-12

A recent report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project shows that teenagers’ writing has improved with the use of digital tools. Teens are more creative, collaborative, and willing to share their work, according to the report. High School Notes

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