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Afternoon Announcements: September 4, 2012

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September 04, 2012 06:29 pm


Welcome back to High School Soup! We trust that after giving your alarm clock a venomous look this morning that you’re fully prepared to get back into the swing of things with some ed policy afternoon announcements!

Education Week starts us off today with two posts about the Democratic National Convention. First, there’s an article examining the Democratic Party’s platform. The article notes that “there’s at least one section that might raise eyebrows among education observers” because there’s a section in the platform, released yesterday, that “states that President Barack Obama and Democrats in general are intent on providing states and communities with the ‘flexibility and resources’ to improve K-12 education. It then goes on to say: ‘To that end, the President challenged and encouraged states to raise their standards so students graduate ready for college or career and can succeed in a dynamic global economy. Forty-six states responded, leading groundbreaking reforms that will deliver better education to millions of American students.’” The second article asks what place education will have overall at the convention.

Remember the Race to the Top District Competition? Well, the Department of Education reported last week that 893 districts have expressed in submitting applications for the nearly $400 million in grants. The Huffington Post has more.

The Associated Press reports via Education Week that districts across the country, but specifically in California, are redoubling efforts to get students to school in the morning. The article notes that “School day wake-up calls recorded by celebrities. Weekend makeup classes. Contests with laptop computers, private concerts and cars as prizes” are just some of the incentives being offered to students to increase attendance.

Finally, Tony Smith, the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, California, pens this opinion piece about the question he’d like to ask both major presidential candidates.


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