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Afternoon Announcements: Northern Virginia Schools See Improvement in High School Graduation Rate

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October 09, 2013 04:25 pm

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A college degree still provides a significant earnings bump to individuals, but the value has declined slightly in comparison with those who earn only a high school degree, a new study shows. The College Board’s Education Pays 2013 report, released Monday, underscores the payoff from higher education and highlights other ways a degree translates into more active, healthier, engaged citizens. Education Week

Despite some delivery problems that came alongside a federal government shutdown, 219 applicants made last week’s deadline for the U.S. Department of Education’s second Race to the Top district contest. A few more from Colorado may trickle in, however, as districts affected by flooding in that state have until Thursday to apply. Politics K-12

Nearly nine out of 10 public school students in Virginia graduated on time last spring, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. The four-year graduation rate — 89 percent — was about the same as last year, but most school districts in Northern Virginia saw improvements. The Washington Post

The District should boost funding for public education by more than 15 percent — or nearly $180 million — to ensure that schools have adequate resources to lift student achievement, according to the preliminary recommendations of a study commissioned by the city government. The Washington Post

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