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September 20, 2012 02:32 pm

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The Oprah Winfrey show may be off the air, but we’re still handing out freebies.

Here at the Alliance, we publish “Straight A’s,” a bi-weekly e-newsletter in which we break down reports, crunch numbers and translate wonky jargon into palatable coffee-break reading. It’s completely free with an email subscription, and we pinky promise we won’t share your email address with anyone else!

Shoot our communications director Jason Amos an email at jamos[at]all4ed.org to receive a copy in your inbox. If you’re not too keen on handing out your email, you can read Straight A’s online here, including this week’s issue.

Headlines this week include:

“TO BE CONTINUED: Congress enacts temporary funding mechanism to keep government operating until March 2013; Bill provides across-the-board increase in funding” 
In other words, Congress passed a bill that will fund the government through March 27, 2013 and avoid a government shutdown. Pretty nice of them, huh?

“Sequestration would be ‘deeply destructive:’ OMB report examines impact of $1.2 trillion in spending cuts scheduled for January 2” 
We’ve talked about this one in Afternoon Announcements this week. If Congress can’t cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget by the end of this year, mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts will go into effect. Almost all education programs would be cut by 8.2 percent.

“Only 25 percent of 2012 high school graduates considered ‘College Ready’ in four core subjects, according to ACT results” 
It needs no explanation, but it certainly needs immediate remedying.

“BACK ON TRACK: New report highlights dropout recovery programs in the Southwest” 
In a primarily Hispanic area of Texas, where dropout rates are extraordinarily high, a public school district Superintendent set out to make a difference. This report provides a unique, uplifting look into the positive effect recovery programs are having in that region of the US. What could the impact be if these programs spread throughout the country?

See the full newsletter online. Thank you for being a “Straight A” reader!

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