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Afternoon Announcements: July 18, 2011

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July 18, 2011 07:09 pm

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Good afternoon! Education news was aplenty this weekend and this morning, so let’s get to it.

Today, President Obama hosts a meeting at the White House with CEOs to try to raise some cash for K-12 education, reports Education Week.

U.S. News & World Report writes that in a country where white students vastly outperform black and Hispanic students on national standardized tests, one education innovator says the performance gap can be eliminated on a school-by-school basis by having honest discussions with teachers about race.

USA Today reports that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math fields pay an average 26 percent more than other occupations and grew three times faster the past decade, according to a Commerce Department study to be released Thursday.

Easing test pressure won’t save kids, says Jay Mathew’s of the Washington Post.

Governors talk education during their Utah gathering, writes the Daily Herald in Provo.

Education Week shares new details that have emerged on Duncan’s NCLB waiver plan. Education Week also covers a new analysis by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. According to the analysis, countries in which schools frequently hold back or kick out students with low academic performance tend to have weaker, more expensive, and more socially inequitable education systems overall.

According to the LA Times, Los Angeles schools plan to revamp their ban on social promotion.

D.C. fires 206 low-rated teachers, writes the Washington Post. The dismissed teachers account for about 5 percent of the 4,100 who work for the school system.

The New York Times reports on a New York City program that distributed $56 million in performance bonuses to teachers and other school staff members over the last three years will be permanently discontinued. Also from the New York Times, New York City school officials and the city teachers’ union agree on a pilot teacher evaluation system that will take effect next year for thirty-three struggling schools.

Obstacles litter the way to earning a college degree, reports the Miami Herald.

According to the Honolulu Star Bulletin, as schools struggle, officials seek relief from NCLB.

The Courier-Journal in Louisville writes that a National Guard school program for at-risk teenagers is scheduled to open in 2012 in eastern Kentucky.

The Baltimore Sun reports that nearly 90 percent of Baltimore elementary and middle schools fell short of academic targets on state assessments this year.

According to the Providence Journal, Rhode Island education officials ramp up efforts to reduce dropouts.

A group of South Dakota educators soon will begin work on a new system of school accountability that could take the place of No Child Left Behind, reports the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls.

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof writes, “The United States supports schools in Afghanistan because we know that education is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to build a country. Alas, we’ve forgotten that lesson at home. All across America, school budgets are being cut, teachers laid off, and education programs dismantled.” Read Kristof’s full op-ed.

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