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Posted: October 04, 2010 04:08 pm

Morning Announcements: October 4, 2010

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Morning_AnnouncementsReaching out to big business, President Barack Obama is set to announce a new program that links top companies with community colleges in hopes of ramping up America’s job skills, the Associated Press report.

Michael Levine, the Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Conney Center, reviews Waiting for Superman in The Huffington Post. And you can read another review of the documentary in the Dallas South News.

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Posted: October 01, 2010 05:35 pm

Report Round-Up: October 1, 2010

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October 01, 2010 05:35 pm
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Here is this week’s report round-up. Don’t forget to let us know if we are forgetting anything!

Report_Round-Up[1]College Graduation Rates: Behind the Numbers from the American Council on Education. This report provides a layperson’s guide to the most common databases used to calculate college graduation rates, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. In addition, the report suggests several factors for policymakers to consider before using graduation rates from existing databases to assess institutional success.

The Rural Solution: How Community Schools Can Reinvigorate Rural Education from the Center for American Progress. This report calls for Congress to provide incentives for school districts educating 10 million children in rural areas to use full-service community schools as a turnaround strategy.

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Posted: October 01, 2010 04:14 pm

Morning Announcements: October 1, 2010

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Morning_AnnouncementsThe Baltimore Sun reports, “An innovative new contract would enable Baltimore teachers who are effective and ambitious to move quickly through the ranks and earn up to $100,000 a year, as well as give teachers more input on working conditions in their schools.”

According to data released yesterday by the Virginia Department of Education, 85.5 percent of the 98,027 students who entered the ninth grade during the 2006-07 school year graduated within four years. That’s an increase of 2.2 percentage points from last year.

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Posted: October 01, 2010 02:56 pm

Thursday Education Nation Coverage

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October 01, 2010 02:56 pm
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Yesterday NBC News continued its Education Nation coverage and hosted a discussion on how to encourage students to use the tools of the digital world in ways that are productive to their educational development and a closing panel about potential solutions to the challenges and obstacles facing America’s education system.

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Posted: September 30, 2010 02:23 pm

Morning Announcements: September 30, 2010

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Morning_AnnouncementsAndrew Rotherham offers Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, five philanthropy lessons in his column School of Thought in Time Magazine. Last week, Zuckerberg agreed to donate $100 million to improve the long-troubled public schools in Newark, NJ.

In Indiana, state legislators learned Wednesday that, in 2009, schools got paid for 16,315 students no longer in attendance.

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Posted: September 29, 2010 09:55 pm

Stats That Stick

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Stats_That_Stick[1]In the first year of DC public school’s IMPACT system, an effectiveness assessment system for school-based personnel, 662 teachers, or 16 percent of the District’s teaching force, were rated highly effective. –The Washington Post

Ninety seven percent of American schools and nearly all public libraries have Internet access, but nearly 80 percent of E-Rate recipients have reported they need faster connections, because several still have dial-up. –Federal Communications Commission

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Posted: September 29, 2010 05:46 pm

Paving the Rural Road to High School Success

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RuralRoadOn September 23, the Federal Communications Commission approved an overhaul of the $2.25 billion E-Rate program—which offers discounted telephone and internet services for eligible schools and public libraries—to give schools more options for faster internet connection and service, allow for community internet service, and begin pilot programs for mobile learning devices, like digital textbooks. According to the New York Times, the program mostly serves schools in poor and rural communities.

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Posted: September 29, 2010 03:55 pm

Morning Announcements: September 29, 2010

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The St. Louis Dispatch writes about the inaugural class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps, a group of southwest Missouri teachers in training who receive $4,000 annual scholarships in exchange for a three-year commitment to work in rural school districts after graduation.

The director of the Public Education Research Institute at Queens University of Charlotte describes how reducing dropouts would provide an economic stimulus in an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer.Morning_Announcements

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants to use new methods to evaluate and pay the state’s public school teachers, according to the Associated Press.

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Posted: September 28, 2010 10:15 pm

Education Nation Videos

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September 28, 2010 10:15 pm
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Below are a few more videos from today’s NBC News Education Nation coverage including a “Morning Joe” segment on the high school dropout crises with Colin and Alma Powell, an interview with Rep. George Miller on the future of No Child Left Behind, and an explanation of the how the Education Nation Scorecard tool works by Director of Education at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vicki Phillips.

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