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Afternoon Announcements: November 2, 2011

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November 02, 2011 06:52 pm

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The New York Times reports on the recent test results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress: Elementary and middle school students have improved greatly in math, but their reading skills have stagnated over the last two decades.

In an Politico op-ed, Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) and former Governor Jim Hunt (D-NC) push ahead with implementation of the common core state standards, despite what is happening in Washington, DC.

According to NPR, the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think thank in Washington, DC, is causing waves with a study  it released today that find teachers are overcompensated, compared to “similarly educated and experienced private-sector workers.”

Idaho would become the first state to require students to take at least two credits online under a plan headed to education officials for final approval, writes the Idaho Statesman.

According to a recent report from a Philadelphia research group, closing schools doesn’t save very much money in the context of an urban district’s budget, and selling or leasing surplus school buildings tends to be difficult because they’re often old and in struggling neighborhoods, writes Education Week.

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