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Posted: July 13, 2010 04:02 pm

Morning Announcements: July 13, 2010

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July 13, 2010 04:02 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsThe Asbury Park Press reports that New Jersey is facing high level teacher retirements, nearly double the rate of previous years. Teacher shortages are one of the three major challenges facing education as discussed in the Alliance’s recent paper, The Online Learning Imperative: A Solution to Three Looming Crises in Education.

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Posted: July 09, 2010 09:04 pm

Week in Review: More Links Between Education and the Economy; The Power of Online Learning, New Video Available

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July 09, 2010 09:04 pm
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Week in review july92010 - tired_runner1[1].blogThis week was a very busy one at the Alliance for Excellent Education.

On July 7, the Alliance released the latest findings from its continuing work linking improved educational outcomes to economic returns. Its most recent study, The Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate Among Students of Color in the Nation’s Forty-Five Largest Metropolitan Areas, described how cutting the dropout rate in half among students of color will lead to higher earnings, increased home and automobile sales, greater job creation, and overall economic growth.

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Posted: July 06, 2010 04:54 pm

July 7 Webinar: The Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate for Students of Color

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July 06, 2010 04:54 pm
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WebinarImage- June 30Years of data have consistently underscored the persistent graduation gap between America’s students of color and their peers. The most recent estimate shows that high school graduation rates for African American, Latino, and American Indian students hover only slightly higher than 50 percent. This is more than 20 percentage points lower than that of their white peers.

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Posted: July 01, 2010 04:00 am

New Video Available: Can School Improvement Grants Save the Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools?

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July 01, 2010 04:00 am
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On July 1, the Alliance held the second in its series of interactive webinars on what is happening in Washington, DC on education reform. During the webinar, Ann Whalen, special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Alliance Vice President of Federal Advocacy Phillip Lovell discussed the role that School Improvement Grants (SIG) can play in turning around the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

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Posted: June 30, 2010 03:03 pm

The Boy from Stotesbury

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June 30, 2010 03:03 pm
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Like far too many youth today, a boy grows up knowing poverty and hard times. This boy happened to come from Stotesbury, West Virginia, a rural Appalachian community, but he could have grown up in any struggling part of the nation. He defies the odds and graduates from high school. Financially strapped, he goes immediately into the workforce at low paying jobs. But at each opportunity, he moves himself up another rung of the education ladder. Constant self-instruction is mixed with formal education, when available. He reads voraciously and memorizes long poems as a form of mental discipline.

He becomes more successful, but never relents in reading and learning. Even when performing a fulltime and stressful YoungRobertCByrd.blog - The boy from Stotesburyjob—and at an age when most people view formal education as a long ago experience-he attends law school at night, earning his degree at 46. Even afterwards, learning dominates his life. He writes prolifically, he paints, he plays a musical

instrument. Not forgetting where he comes from—or how he got to where he is—he constantly reminds people that education is what is changing his life and will do the same for them.

And he continually strives to provide education opportunities for others so they may have the same success.

This week we mourn the death and celebrate the life of United States Senator Robert C. Byrd. There is much to be heralded about his career. The longest serving U.S. Senator. The U.S. Senator who has held the most leadership positions. An ardent defender of the Constitution. An unchallenged master of the legislative and appropriations process.

His accomplishments are many, but his personal example is equally compelling. It was only through education that he moved from a mountain hollow to dominating the Capitol hallways.

There are millions of potential Robert C. Byrds living in today’s version of countless Stotesburys. Whether this country reaps the benefit of their potential accomplishment depends on the quality of education they receive. Senator

Byrd’s life was a constant demonstration of the transformative impact of education-both for the individual and the nation. As Congress mourns the loss of one of its epic figures, will it dedicate itself to providing the means for many others to attain the same success?
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Posted: June 28, 2010 08:40 pm

New Issue of Straight A’s Spotlights Workforce Challenges of High School Dropouts

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June 28, 2010 08:40 pm
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Straight A’s: Public Education Policy and Progress: Volume 10, No. 13

June 28, 2010
Volume # 10 – Issue # 13

HELP WANTED: New Report Finds Nearly Two Thirds of All Job Openings Will Require Postsecondary Education by 2018: About 63 percent of the 46.8 million job openings created by 2018 will require workers with at least some college education, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Of these job openings, less than 36 percent will require workers to have just a high school diploma or less, finds the report, Help Wanted: Projections of Job and Education Requirements Through 2018.

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Posted: June 28, 2010 02:25 pm

Will Congress Take on Another Ruptured Pipeline?

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June 28, 2010 02:25 pm
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Two months in and still the issue dominating the Obama administration, the Congress, and the media is the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Every day brings new developments, including the potential impact hurricane season could have on the spill and BP creating an immediate $20 billion fund to handle damages. Everyone knows this is only the beginning.

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Posted: June 22, 2010 08:05 pm

Projections of Job and Education Requirements Through 2018

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June 22, 2010 08:05 pm
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projections of jobs - june 22For several years, the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) has been beating the drum on the potential economic gains of a college- and career-ready education and the economic costs resulting from the nation’s high school dropout crisis. Last week, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (the Center) made a similarly powerful case that policymakers, as well as all members of society, should heed.

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