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October 17, 2012 02:33 pm


Our newest e-newsletter, “Straight A’s” is live! Please, no applause. Here are a few of the highlights. Make sure to download the full newsletter to read the complete articles here.

In the first presidential debate, education may not have been one of the selected topics, but it still got some play. Romney made headlines nation-wide with his pledge to not cut education funding. In social media, education was the top trending topic on twitter from the debate.

When it comes to education on an international level, India and China may be the countries ‘racing to the top.’ According to a new report from the Center for American Progress and the Center for the Next Generation, China & India may surpass the United States eventually in terms of global competitiveness, because their national strategies center around education. What will the US do to remain competitive and a superpower?

I hate it when things are negative, but the US also didn’t fare too well on it’s “report card.” According to America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S., a national report released on October 10 by First Focus and Save the Children, the US received a C- in education and child well-being. You’re not going to want to miss the details on this one.

And finally, we give a write-up of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s “Education Drives America” back to school bus tour. In an Oct. 2 speech at the National Press Club here in DC, Duncan reflected on the tour, what he learned from it and his education reform policy goals.

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