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Afternoon Announcements: November 3, 2011

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November 03, 2011 06:53 pm

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A story in today’s Press-Enterprise (CA) talks about the importance of graduating all kids from high school prepared for college and a career. According to the article, experts acknowledge that improving the educational accomplishments of the region’s students won’t be easy and that it will take at least several years to implement changes and a generation to realize their benefits. Alliance President Bob Wise was quoted saying, “money doesn’t necessarily have to be an issue. We need to think, ‘What’s the end product we want?’ look at dollars available and direct them that way, instead of, ‘This is the way we’ve been educating for the last 50 or 100 years.’” he said. “We need to look at students the way Congress looked at banks and investment houses and invested in TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program, the government’s 2008 effort to address the subprime mortgage crisis). This is a hard-nosed economic return on investment.”

According to an editorial in the Oregonian, the ferment in Oregon public education right now is not that our schools are crowded and underfunded; it’s that they’re going online in a big way.

The Hill reports that a Senate republican leader is pushing back against claims that he and Sen. Tom Harkin have a secret plan to pass the Iowa Democrat’s education reform bill.

D.C. educators rated ‘effective’ can still lose jobs, according to an article in the Washington Post.

Go Upstate reports that more than 500 educators, business leaders, and legislators from across South Carolina are gathering in Columbia to discuss how schools can compete globally.

State education officials have yanked the federal standing of more than 40 Atlanta elementary and middle schools named in a massive cheating scandal, which could lead to sanctions and may force the schools to return thousands of dollars in federal money, writes the Deseret News.

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