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Posted: August 26, 2010 03:18 pm

Morning Announcements 8.26.10

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August 26, 2010 03:18 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsYesterday in Little Rock, Secretary Duncan asked public schools to provide educators with a more student achievement data and parents with more  information on teacher effectiveness, according to the Washington Post.

In Indiana, more than 21,000 Indiana high school students earned college credits through Ivy Tech Community College last year which saved parents more than $10 million in tuition bills according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.

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Posted: August 25, 2010 06:08 pm

Time is of the essence

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August 25, 2010 06:08 pm
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School_ClosedforSummerThere has been much discussion in Washington, as well as in school districts around the nation, about how time can be used to provide expanded learning opportunities for students (especially those who are low-performing and at risk of dropping out).  With a high school dropout rate that should keep all of us up at night and U.S. students underperforming their international counterparts, there is good reason for educators, communities, and policymakers to be thinking about how time is being used (or misused) in schools.

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Posted: August 23, 2010 08:06 pm

The Times They Are a-Changin’: Beloit College Releases its Annual Mindset List for the Class of 2014

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August 23, 2010 08:06 pm
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Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. It was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation. See a few items from this year’s list below.

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Posted: August 23, 2010 03:35 pm

Morning Annoucements: August 23, 2010

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August 23, 2010 03:35 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsLast Thursday, the Delaware State Board of Education voted to adopt common standards.  Education Week takes a look at how education groups and publishers are developing curriculum materials that aim to embody the new standards.

The New York Times reports on why so many people in their 20s are taking so long to grow up, writing:

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Posted: August 19, 2010 08:18 pm

A federal focus on high schools is long overdue

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August 19, 2010 08:18 pm
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In a recent blog post on the Washington Post’s The Answer Sheet, Sarah Garland, a staff writer for the Hechinger Report, discussed how high schools were receiving a disproportionate amount of funding in the Education Department’s School Improvement Grants program. Phillip Lovell, AEE Vice President of Federal Advocacy, and Fred Jones, AEE Legislative Associate, respectfully disagreed and in their own blog post explained why a federal focus on high schools is long overdue:

A recent post on The Answer Sheet written by Sarah Garland lamented that a majority of schools included in the School Improvement Grants program, the federal government’s funding stream for turning around the nation’s lowest and most chronically failing schools, are high schools.

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