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Afternoon Announcements: July 26, 2012

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July 26, 2012 06:12 pm

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We’re ringing the dinner bell! But we’re not serving up dinner, just education policy announcements. Don’t look so disappointed, it’s the middle of the afternoon, hardly dinner time. Bon appetit!

Big news today revolves around sequestration and “trigger” cuts to the budget that will take place on January 2 unless Congress acts to avert it. The Senate had a hearing yesterday on the impact of the cuts, and Education Week and The Huffington Post have that story. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) discussed the potential impact of the cuts yesterday as well. Miller sent a letter to House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline requesting a hearing on the issue, and Education Week has that story as well.

The Huffington Post has the story on an announcement made by President Obama last night in front of the National Urban League. President Obama will create, via executive order, the first-ever White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. One of the initiative’s goals will be producing a “more effective continuum” of resources and instruction for African-American students.

From national to state level announcements we go! In Maine, Governor Paul LePage said yesterday that he will be proposing a bill for the next legislation session “that will require school districts to pay for their graduates’ remedial courses in college.” The Kennebec Journal has more.

That’s it from us for today, we’ll see you tomorrow for even more!

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