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Afternoon Announcements: West Virginia High School Graduation Rate Up

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October 25, 2013 04:14 pm

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A Washington teacher bet his students that if they could sell 20 pounds of candy to raise money for the school’s fall festival, he would dye his hair pink. If they sold 45 pounds, he’d dye his hair and eyebrows, too, all to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The students sold 46 pounds of candy. NBC

According to new data released from the West Virginia Department of Education, high school graduation rates have improved 8.5 percent since the fall of 2008. The growth is accredited to alternative education programs in schools and an anti-truancy initiative. West Virginia Metro News

This thoughtful, well-written article explores the struggle English-language learners face in wanting to feel connected to their heritage language, as well as learn English. “Heritage learners share many of the same motivations for studying a language with other foreign-language learners: academic requirements, job opportunities. But more than that, they’re looking for a connection to the wider culture they can’t get in typical classes that focus more on basic grammar and vocabulary. Heritage-only classes allow students to explore their language and culture with others who share the same experience of being a heritage learner.” NPR

The Michigan Senate has agreed to let the state continue implementing more rigorous and uniform education standards known as Common Core State Standards. Education Week

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/21/heist-dupont-circle-washington-dc_n_2341484.html

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