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Afternoon Announcements: June 6, 2012

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June 06, 2012 07:30 pm


Today is the busiest news day of the week so far. Lots of talk about college costs and high school grads with various successes and failures. Without further ado, here we go!

The Huffington Post reports on high school graduates who didn’t attend college not having full-time jobs. A study out of Rutgers found that 75% of students like Elizabeth Pedigo of Toledo, Ohio who haven’t completed a postsecondary program but do have a high school degree aren’t employed full-time.

NPR has a success story featuring Juan Carlos Reyes. Reyes came from a background of poverty but found success in a New York City high school where his teachers got through to him and made him believe in the American dream. Certainly a compelling read about how students with challenges can be reached by dedicated teachers and schools.

“Educational administrators, who are often criticized as lagging behind the public in integration of technology into their schools, are actually ahead of the curve in their own use of mobile technology,” according to an article from Education Week. We know that effective digital practices blended with high-quality instruction can be transformative in the classroom, but this article is an important reminder of how other education groups (in this case, school leaders) can benefit from digital technology.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said yesterday that the Obama administration needs to do more to address college dropouts. This article from the New York Times notes that, “Too many colleges, Mr. Duncan said, are ‘just sort of throwing students in, trying to throw them in the deep end and see if they can swim.’” The Obama administration has made college completion an important part of its education agenda and has aimed to put the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college completers globally once again.

Finally, a story today from the Calhoun Times of Calhoun, Georgia, which used the Alliance for Excellent Education’s State Farm economic impact data to report on the economic benefits its local graduates will have on local Gordon County. Click here to read more about the Alliance’s economic benefit work.

That’s it for today! Check back in with us tomorrow for even more announcements!




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