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Posted: September 21, 2010 04:21 pm

Morning Announcements: September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010 04:21 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsWhile some states — including Georgia and Idaho — and virtual schools are requiring that online teachers have additional training to teach in a solely virtual environment, many states and education groups still have not addressed the issue of teacher quality for the online classroom, according to Education Week.

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Posted: September 17, 2010 08:16 pm

Friday Report Round-Up

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September 17, 2010 08:16 pm
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Report_Round-Up[1]Here’s this week’s report round-up. If you’d like to add a report we missed, feel free to post it in the comments section.

Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Middle schools across the country are suspending children with alarming frequency, particularly in some large urban school districts, where numerous schools suspend a third or more of their black male students in a given year, according to this report.

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Posted: September 17, 2010 06:00 pm

Morning Announcements: September 17, 2010

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Morning_AnnouncementsWriting for his “Class Struggle” blog on washingtonpost.com, Jay Mathews discusses President Obama’s announcement that “100 corporate chief executives will collaborate with him to improve math and science education.” His take? The group “has the potential to enliven school for disadvantaged students and change many of their lives,” but “will not do much for long campaign to get young Americans in general more interested science, math, technology and engineering as careers.”

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Posted: September 16, 2010 02:37 pm

Morning Announcements: September 16, 2010

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Morning_AnnouncementsWashington Post Columnist Robert McCartney calls for Vincent Gray to find a way to keep Michelle Rhee as chancellor of D.C. public schools. For more on whether or not Gray will decide to keep Ms. Rhee on, check out this Washington Times story.

The U.S. Commerce Department has awarded Alaska $10 million to improve Internet connectivity in the state’s rural communities and acces in the state’s libraries, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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Posted: September 15, 2010 04:02 pm

Morning Announcements: September 15, 2010

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Education Week
reporter Alyson Klein interviews Rep. John Kline on ESEA, Race to the Top, and common standards.

Several key reforms in Race to the Top winning states hinge on the effectiveness of data systems, but the juMorning_Announcementsdges and outside experts worry states could face some heavy lifting to ensure their data systems keep up with their policy plans, Education Week reports.

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Posted: September 13, 2010 04:12 pm

Morning Announcements: September 13, 2010

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September 13, 2010 04:12 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsOver the weekend, volunteers and VIPs participated in a dropout recovery program in Houston, Texas and convinced 75 students to return to school.

An extra reading class instead of a regular elective can boost reading comprehension, GPA, course credits and even state reading and math scores for students who enter freshman year reading several grade levels behind, according to a study conducted by MDRC. Read more in Education Week’s Inside School Research blog.

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Posted: September 10, 2010 03:21 pm

Morning Announcements: September 10, 2010

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Morning_AnnouncementsMore than 40 percent of Chicago’s public high schools are failing, according to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Public Schools’ internal documents.

In California, a civil liberties group is suing the state over charges incurred by public school students to use textbooks or take required tests or courses. The group is arguing that the state has failed to protect the right to a free public education. Read more in a story in today’s New York Times.

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Posted: September 09, 2010 03:01 pm

Morning Announcements: September 9, 2010

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Morning_AnnouncementsThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest up to $250 million over the next eight years to develop “next-generation instructional tools” that will help states and districts implement the common core state standards, the foundation said in its annual report.

Some charter schools are struggling to tap into the federal money provided by the Education Jobs Fund bill because their teachers are employees of a charter management organization or an educational management organization, not a school district according to Education Week.

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