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Afternoon Announcements: June 13, 2012

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June 13, 2012 06:36 pm

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Ah, Wednesday, and since it’s past 1pm, well, on the east coast at least, it means you’re halfway through the work week. What will come of the remaining 2.5 days of your work week? Promotion? Rainstorm? ESEA reauthorization? Who can say, really? What we do know is that there are some education policy tidbits for you this afternoon. High School Soup’s Daily Announcements: Consistency in an Inconsistent Education World.

The Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending passed a bill that would increase the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by $400 million to $68.5 billion. Education Week has the report here. Increases would be made to school districts’ Title I allocations as well as special education state grants. The bill passed on an unsurprising party line vote 10-7.

U.S. News and World Report has an article today examining Education Week’s “Diplomas Count 2012,” which was released last week. The report “shows graduation rates among Latino students jumped 5.5 percentage points between 2008 and 2009. This improvement helped bump the national graduation rate up 1.7 points to 73 percent for the 2009 graduating class.”

At a time when community colleges are providing affordable postsecondary education for many students, these institutions need more leaders, not fewer. The Texas Tribune reports that with the loss of the leader of the University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership program, UT’s “commitment to community college issues may be on shaky ground.” An interesting read about a program that has produced a number of community college leaders.

The LaCrosse Tribune (Wisconsin) has an article discussing state officials’ launch of a state initiative to help high school students earn college credits. Dual-enrollment programs are gaining popularity (see yesterday’s Announcements for an example from the Washington Post).

Finally, The Atlantic discusses how game-based learning is becoming more popular in the higher education space. The takeaway here: digital learning isn’t, and shouldn’t be, confined to K-12. Learners of all varieties can benefit from digital and blended learning!

That’s it for today, folks, of that I’m certain. See you in a little bit for your favorite: Stats That Stick!

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