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Afternoon Announcements: July 2, 2012

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July 02, 2012 06:46 pm


Well, that was an eventful weekend. Raise your hand if you knew what a “derecho” weather pattern was on Friday afternoon? No one? Join the club. We hope you made it through the weekend unscathed by any kind of bad weather or utility outage. You may be surprised to find out that education news kept right on going through the weekend, meteorological messes and all. We’ve picked some stories for you here.

First, if you missed it, be sure to read Alliance policy and advocacy associate Ace Parsi’s write-up on our Early Warning Indicator Systems event with the Association for Middle Level Education, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform that was co-hosted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7).

Next up, the Los Angeles Times has a story on a controversy in Los Angeles where three students who failed a require course transferred to another school, completed the coursework they needed, and then returned to their original school in time for graduation. The article delves into the potential and alleged abuse of an alternative school where the students in question were able to make up their coursework in just a few days. What are your thoughts about what the students did? Let us know in the comments!

We now move from the left coast to the right as The New York Times reports that an arbitrator has stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans to close and reopen two dozen schools because of the planned move’s violation of labor contracts. The mayor’s administration had planned to replace half the staff at each of the schools.

The Huffington Post has the story on a court ruling that partially strikes down regulations on for-profit colleges. The article notes, “U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras invalidated parts of the Obama administration’s so-called gainful employment regulations, ruling that the Department of Education ‘failed to provide a reasoned explanation’ in arriving at guidelines to assess students’ ability to pay down loans after attending a career training program.”

Finally for today, the Detroit Free Press has an editorial on close the achievement gap that is applicable from coast-to-coast. The editorial notes, “Proficiency rates for black students are 35 percent lower than white students in reading, writing and social studies. Only 25 percent of Michigan students are proficient in science, but minorities fare even worse: Just 4 percent of black students and 13 percent of Latino students are proficient.”

That’s it from us for today. If you’re still without power, hang in there and try to stay cool. We’ll be back tomorrow with some additional refreshing announcements!


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