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Afternoon Announcements: What a Government Shutdown Would Mean for Schools

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September 30, 2013 04:36 pm

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The U.S. Department of Education released its shutdown contingency plan online Friday afternoon. Check it out here. Cliff Notes version: More than 90 percent of department employees would be furloughed during the first week of a shutdown. The department has roughly $22 billion in key K-12 formula funding through state Title I, special education and career and technical education grants to give out during the first week of October. Those dollars would still go out, even if there’s a shutdown. If the shutdown goes on for more than a week, some additional employees could be called back to work. But it would be a very small number, no more than 6 percent of total staff, at any given time. Politics K-12

Half the principals in the District’s traditional public schools were deemed “developing” — one rung above “ineffective” — on newly revised evaluations that for the first time sorted administrators by their performance. The Washington Post

It’s not just K-12 teachers who are being asked to adjust their teaching styles and curricula to ensure students learn the Common Core standards. The people who teach the teachers are also under the gun. The Hechinger Report

California is on a collision course with the U.S. Department of Education over its plans to suspend standardized tests this school year – a move that Education Secretary Arne Duncan says is wrong-headed. The Washington Post

At least 71 iPads, including 69 from a single campus, went missing last year as the Los Angeles Unified School District tested a program intended to equip every student with one of the Apple tablets, officials said. Los Angeles Daily News

Nebraska students are showing progress on statewide reading, math and science tests. New results released Friday show that more than 77 percent of students were at or above proficiency levels in reading this year, compared with 74 percent in 2012 and 72 percent in 2011. Education Week

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    Rebecca Helmink
    Posted 4 years ago

    I work with a dropout prevention program and for the last 3 years we have used your report on The High Cost of High School Dropouts. Can’t find the updated information this year. I really like using your report – quite an impact on my kids.

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    Jason Amos
    Posted 4 years ago

    Hi Rebecca,

    Glad to hear that the report is useful with your students. You can find it at https://all4ed.org/reports-factsheets/the-high-cost-of-high-school-dropouts-what-the-nation-pays-for-inadequate-high-schools/.

    Additionally, I’d point you to our brand new website, “Crisis and Economic Potential in America’s Education System.” It breaks down the impact that graduating 90 percent of students from high school would have on the national economy, every state economy, and the economies in more than 200 metro areas. You can access it at http://impact.all4ed.org/. One thing it doesn’t have is the breakdown in earnings for individual students contained in “High Cost” brief.

    Thanks for all you do!

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