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Afternoon Announcements: October 26, 2011

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October 26, 2011 05:53 pm


In a special report to The Hill, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan writes, “Over the past two weeks, the Senate has held two votes on President Obama’s American Jobs Act. Both times, every Senate Republican voted to block a bill that would put more money in the pockets of middle-class families and keep hundreds of thousands of teachers in the classroom, instead of in unemployment lines. Our nation’s schools are facing the toughest fiscal pressures in our lifetime. … The path to prosperity, the way to win the future, is to invest wisely in schools, remembering that children get only one chance at an education.” Read the full special report. reports that the number of students attending secondary school around the world is increasing dramatically and governments are struggling to meet the rising demand, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.

A U.S. News & World Report blog post discusses the use of cell phones by teachers in the classroom.

The Wall Street Journal covers a new report that finds nearly two-thirds of states have overhauled policies in the last two years to tighten oversight of teachers, using techniques including tying teacher evaluations to student test scores, linking their pay to performance or making it tougher to earn tenure.

The Washington Post blogs about business leaders and school reform.

When the new [Texas] state achievement test rolls out this spring, students will notice several key changes from its predecessor. Not only will the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness be tougher, have more questions and come with a time limit, but the end-of-course exam scores for high school students will count for 15 percent of their grade. Read more in the American-Statesman.

College costs climb, yet again, reports CNN.

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