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Afternoon Announcements: June 19, 2012

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June 19, 2012 07:21 pm


Good afternoon and welcome to your Tuesday edition of the announcements. There’s a lot of news from a variety of sources today, so buckle in and get ready!

Education Week kicks us off today, as they so often do, with the news that the Senate appropriations committee recently passed a bill that would allow states and schools to use federal funds intended for after-school and summer learning programs to be used to lengthen the school day. The House of Representatives has not taken up the proposal yet. Up to $1.15 billion from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program would be available for schools to use toward school day lengthening.

Weight Watchers has been very successful in helping people keep the pounds off. Now, a start-up company is hoping to use similar techniques to help cut down on students dropping out of college. The Chronicle of Higher Education has the scoop on Persistence Plus, which “draws on behavioral research to deliver personalized messages to students through an iPhone app or text messages.”

Do you search the Internet looking for just the perfect lesson plan for teaching about the Civil War or long division? Well, the American Federation of Teachers and TSL Education the publisher of England’s Times Educational Supplement are teaming up to create a website where educators can trade curriculum materials. The New York Times reports that will always allow teachers to get other teacher-created materials for free but eventually  will have some money-making model.

Next, from the category of “On-Going Problems That Must Be Fixed in American Education” comes this report from The Huffington Post. “According to Complete College America — a Washington-based nonprofit aimed at increasing college completion — four in 10 high school graduates are required to take remedial courses when they start college. According to, two-thirds of those students attending four-year colleges in Ohio and Kentucky fail to earn their degrees within six years — a number that is on par with national statistics.”

Turnaround models for school reform are designed to cause serious changes in schools. One Las Vegas High School is now looking at the turnaround process it underwent last year and asking, “Did it work?” The Las Vegas Sun has the report.

Finally, a belated happy Father’s Day to all of our fatherly readers out there. We hope you had a great day on Sunday! We know Secretary Arne Duncan enjoyed his father’s day because he wrote about the importance of being a father in his Huffington Post piece “My Most Important Job.” Enjoy and see you tomorrow!


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