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Afternoon Announcements: June 4, 2012

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June 04, 2012 07:53 pm

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Hello and happy Monday! Neck-deep in TPS reports and playing catch-up? Let’s see if we can lighten that load for you by providing you with a short list of stories from this weekend and today that deserve your attention.

First, The Washington Post offers up this feature on “flipped” classrooms where students do their reading (or watch teacher-prepared lessons) at home and do their “homework” in class. This type of classroom set-up has found success with some students who do better having a teacher and classmates around to assist with applications of lesson concepts. Overall, if you haven’t heard of flipped classrooms yet (and we hope you have), then this article is a good primer.

U.S. News and World Report notes that partnerships between the private and public sectors are needed to curb the number of high school dropouts in the United States. A recent panel discussion at the Center for American Progress dove more deeply into this issue.

Education Week talks with school districts about the recently released draft of the U.S. Department of Education’s district-level Race to the Top competition. While some large-city schools are prepared to compete for the $400 million up for grabs, at least one rural district administrator said that small districts may be ill prepared to apply and administer the demands outlined in the draft.

If you’re a skeptic about why your high school isn’t on the myriad lists of best high schools that come out from various outlets, the New York Times has got a story for you! The numbers, the Times notes, don’t always tell the whole story. For example, “Massachusetts has only one school in the top 100, which is surprising, since the state’s students have repeatedly led the nation on the federal reading and math tests…On the other hand, this is what makes America great: Anybody can make up any formula to measure anything, which gives lots of places a chance to be best at something.”

The Huntsville Times (Alabama) discusses the review of a state law that creates a system for grading public schools and “provides cash incentives to schools that improve their students’ performance.” Officials have until the end of the calendar year to develop these programs.

Finally, two articles today highlight movement in Kansas and Colorado on cutting costs spent on remedial education. First, the Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) discusses Governor Sam Brownback signing a bill that would halt state funding of remedial courses in 2015. Next, The Denver Post has an editorial about the various policies being instituted in Colorado to reduce spending on remedial classes.

And that’s all she wrote for us today, folks. We’ll be back tomorrow with even more announcements!

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