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Posted: August 19, 2010 05:32 pm

Governors Bush and Wise Convene Digital Learning Council

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August 19, 2010 05:32 pm
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Yesterday, former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise launched the Digital Learning Council to identify policies that will integrate current and future technological innovations into public education. The council unites a diverse group of more than 50 leaders from education, government, philanthropy, business, technology, and think tanks to develop the roadmap of reform for local, state and federal lawmakers and policymakers.

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Posted: August 19, 2010 03:31 pm

Morning Announcements: August 19, 2010

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August 19, 2010 03:31 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsIn California lawmakers are considering using the $1.2 billion from the federal Education Jobs Fund to shrink the state’s $19.1 billion deficit instead of saving teachers’ jobs according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Clarion Ledger editorial staff discusses the Education Department’s announcement that Mississippi will receive $47 million to help improve the state’s most low-performing schools.

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Posted: August 18, 2010 03:47 pm

Morning Announcements: August 18, 2010

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August 18, 2010 03:47 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsNew data shows that fewer than 25 percent of 2010 graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam have the academic skills necessary to pass entry-level courses, according to the Wall Street Journal. Check out this interactive graph, also by the WSJ, showing how prepared the class of 2010 is for college. Education Week reports on the same results and finds, “Far more students are taking the ACT, but Hispanic and black students were less likely to reach score levels that are predictive of college success.”

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Posted: August 17, 2010 08:09 pm

Are 12th Graders Prepared for College?

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August 17, 2010 08:09 pm
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President Obama last week repeated his goal to make the United States once again the world leader in college graduation by 2020. To achieve that ambitious but vital goal, high schools must ensure that all students graduate prepared for college. How many students now are prepared for higher education? Unfortunately, there is not a clear answer to that question.

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Posted: August 17, 2010 03:37 pm

Morning Announcements: August 17, 2010

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August 17, 2010 03:37 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsOnly 47 percent of America’s black males graduate from high school on time compared to 78 percent of white males, according to a new report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

Los Angeles Unified School District posted gains in scores in annual standardized tests despite state budget shortfalls and massive teacher layoffs, according to a Los Angeles Times blog.

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Posted: August 16, 2010 03:21 pm

Morning Announcements: August 16, 2010

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August 16, 2010 03:21 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsThe 2010 New York City tests results reveals that progress in closing the racial achievement gap is not as significant as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and school chancellor Joel Klein reported in 2008, according to the New York Times.

Michigan taxpayers could save $612 million a year by reshaping or consolidating public schools along county lines, according to a new study from researchers at Michigan State University’s Education Policy Center

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Posted: August 12, 2010 06:19 pm

The Richer Life (Or Why Congress Should Pass the Child Nutrition Act)

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August 12, 2010 06:19 pm
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We as Americans have always wanted more for our children:  more money, more opportunities, bigger cars, bigger houses, andThe Richer Life Students_on_Track even more food.  We want a better life or perhaps, a bigger life than what we had.  But is bigger always better?  With the current recession, we have been forced to scale back and take a hard look at the consequences of our “bigger is better” attitude—including food. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of our children are overweight or obese—an epidemic.  That translates to 23 million children and adolescents.  When analyzing the current trends, the childhood obesity rate fares to continue growing.

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Posted: August 12, 2010 04:46 pm

Morning Announcements: August 12, 2010

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August 12, 2010 04:46 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsIn order to prevent high school dropouts, Michigan has develops a new database that tracks high school performance indicators such as attendance, behavior and class work.

States are considering how they will spend their part of the $26 billion job saving measure that President Obama signed into law yesterday. See what is happening in: Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota,

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Posted: August 10, 2010 04:12 pm

Morning Announcements: August 10, 2010

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August 10, 2010 04:12 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsThe New York Times looks into the dozens of companies that are taking advantage of the administration’s priorities to overturn failing schools and are establishing themselves as “school turnaround experts” to compete for part of the business.

For the first time, the New York City Department of Education is sending detailed reports to all of its high schools with information on how many of its students required remedial classes and numbers and how many stayed enrolled after the first semester.

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