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Posted: August 09, 2010 06:25 pm

Voters want education reform now

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August 09, 2010 06:25 pm
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Bob Wise Headshot_1_2 - Welcome to the allianceIn this volatile political season, every new poll threatens congressional incumbents with mounting public discontent. The conventional wisdom is that that the economy and jobs are the top issues on every voter’s mind this fall. But, as a national poll of 1000 registered voters revealed last week, paying attention this year to education—and high schools in particular—is one way to appeal to voters of all political stripes and colors.

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Posted: August 09, 2010 03:54 pm

Morning Announcements: August 9, 2010

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August 09, 2010 03:54 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsPresident Obama will revisit his goal for America to lead the world in college graduation rates by 2020 in a speech to the University of Texas today, according to the New York Times.

Utah becomes the 36th state to adopt the common core state standards, reports the Daily Herald. And an article in today’s Boston Globe highlights the key things to know about implementation of the standards in Massachusetts.

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Posted: August 06, 2010 04:12 pm

Morning Announcements: August 6, 2010

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August 06, 2010 04:12 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsAn Education Week article takes a look at the challenges facing rural schools and communities. In the story, the research director for Rural School and Community Trust is quoted as saying, “Rural schools, on average, face higher concentrations of the challenges that make schools more difficult to staff than do their counterparts in other locales.”

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Posted: August 05, 2010 08:51 pm

Webinar: An Update on Federal Education Spending

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August 05, 2010 08:51 pm
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Webinar062910During a July 29 webinar, Alliance President Bob Wise gave a short overview of the federal education budget, as well as the process by which the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives allocate funding to the U.S. Department of Education. He  discussed President Obama’s proposed 7.5 percent increase in discretionary spending for the U.S. Department of Education and the reaction it received from members of Congress who set funding levels for individual education programs. Wise also outlined funding levels for Title I, IDEA, and other education programs and reviewed federal funding that’s available to middle and high schools. To watch the webinar, click on the image to the left. To watch previous webinars from this series, click here.

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Posted: August 05, 2010 03:59 pm

Morning Announcements: August 5, 2010

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August 05, 2010 03:59 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsYesterday the U.S. Senate cleared the way for a $26-billion aid package for cash-strapped states; $10 billion would go towards retaining teachers while $16 billion would help states close budget deficits, the New York Times reports.

The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday that 49 districts, schools, and nonprofits won a total of $650 million in Investing in Innovation (I3) grants. Education Week reports that the winners will focus their work in 250 different project locations spanning 42 states plus the District of Columbia, and 37 percent say they intend to serve rural school districts.

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Posted: August 03, 2010 09:18 pm

How One West Virginia High School is Successfully Preparing Its Students for Life in the Modern World

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August 03, 2010 09:18 pm
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As a West Virginia native it is always good to go back home and see something positive going on in my home state. I recently had the chance to do just that when I visited Shady Spring High School, which is located in Raleigh County, West Virginia. The Alliance conducted the visit in conjunction with a team from College Summit, which partners with Shady Spring High School, as well as other schools, districts, and colleges around the country, to develop a sustainable model for raising college enrollment rates community-wide. The joint visit to the school was to learn about the challenges that rural schools face and see how Shady Spring is successfully meeting those challenges. To see video from the site visit, click on any of the images below.

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Posted: August 03, 2010 04:42 pm

Morning Announcements: August 3, 2010

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August 03, 2010 04:42 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsYesterday California and Colorado adopted the common core state standards, just in time before the Race to the Top deadline to adopt standards passed (see page 7 of the scoring rubric).

In Ohio, parents look to e-schools for an alternative education for their children. To learn more about the benefits of online learning, read the Alliance’s paper, The Online Learning Imperative: A Solution to Three Looming Crises in Education.

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Posted: August 02, 2010 03:34 pm

Morning Announcements: August 2, 2010

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August 02, 2010 03:34 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsAccording to The Detroit News editorial board, “The Race to the Top competition ended in disappointment for the state, but it should not be the end of the reform commitment”. The state Department of Education is on board and was quoted in the editorial saying, “The state is still committed to implementing the education reforms.”

The Council of Chief State School Officers and the Association of Test Publishers jointly release a best-practices guide for improving state assessment procedures, according to Education Week.

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