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Everyone’s getting Straight A’s: Launching Project 24 and the state of the states

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February 22, 2013 07:27 pm


It has been a very exciting and busy month for the Alliance. In our newest edition of our bi-weekly newsletter Straight A’s, we give you the low down on our second annual Digital Learning Day, the launch of a new district-level initiative, and we explore what state governors have planned for education in the coming year in their state of the state addresses. You can read this entire edition of Straight A’s online here.

Signifying the growing importance and demand for digital learning strategies in the classroom, nearly 25,000 teachers, millions of students, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA) joined the Alliance for Excellent Education on February 6 for the second annual Digital Learning Day, a national campaign that promotes digital learning and spotlights successful instructional technology practice in K–12 public school classrooms across the country. Let’s Get Digital

As part of the Digital Learning Day celebration, the Alliance announced “Project 24,” a ground-breaking new initiative to help school districts plan for and effectively use technology and digital learning. Already, more than 400 school districts, representing approximately 2.5 million students across forty-two states and the District of Columbia, have signed up for Project 24. The “24”represents the next twenty-four months. Launching Project 24

In this issue of Straight A’s, we covered seven state of the state addresses: Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Nevada, and New Mexico. Of highlight…

  • Alaska governor Sean Parnell set a goal of raising Alaska’s high school graduation rase -currently under 70 percent – to 90 percent by 2020.
  • InDelaware, Governor Jack Markell focused on teachers – the importance of them, retaining them, and recruiting effective ones.
  • Georgia ‘s Governor, Nathan Deal, discussed focusing resources on K-12, maintaining and growing the HOPE scholarship, and increasing the high school graduation rate.
  • Hawaii is going digital. Governor Neil Abercrombie is looking to digital learning to raise educational achievement.
  • Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa plans to revitalize Iowa’s school system and focus on teachers and college and career readiness. He said it’s an “economic and moral imperative” that students finish high school ready for college and a career. We can’t help but like the way he thinks.
  • Nevada ‘s governor, Brian Sandoval, took a different approach in his address, focusing on English Language Learners, early literacy, and dropout prevention. His goal is to ensure that every Nevada schoolchild can read by the third grade.
  • New Mexico is making strides to lower the dropout rate, Governor Susan Martinez emphasized. She announced several successful dropout prevention programs currently working in her state that she wants to see expanded.

You can read the full issue of Straight A’s online. If you’d like to receive Straight A’s in your inbox, send an email to


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