boilerplate image
Your daily serving of high school news and policy.
Posted: August 23, 2010 03:35 pm

Morning Annoucements: August 23, 2010

Posted:
August 23, 2010 03:35 pm
RSS feed

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:

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: August 19, 2010 08:18 pm

A federal focus on high schools is long overdue

Posted:
August 19, 2010 08:18 pm
RSS feed

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.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
post graphic
Posted: August 19, 2010 05:32 pm

Governors Bush and Wise Convene Digital Learning Council

Posted:
August 19, 2010 05:32 pm
RSS feed

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.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: August 19, 2010 03:31 pm

Morning Announcements: August 19, 2010

Posted:
August 19, 2010 03:31 pm
RSS feed

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.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: August 18, 2010 03:47 pm

Morning Announcements: August 18, 2010

Posted:
August 18, 2010 03:47 pm
RSS feed

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.”

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: August 17, 2010 08:09 pm

Are 12th Graders Prepared for College?

Posted:
August 17, 2010 08:09 pm
RSS feed

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.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: August 17, 2010 03:37 pm

Morning Announcements: August 17, 2010

Posted:
August 17, 2010 03:37 pm
RSS feed

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.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: August 16, 2010 03:21 pm

Morning Announcements: August 16, 2010

Posted:
August 16, 2010 03:21 pm
RSS feed

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

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: August 12, 2010 06:19 pm

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

Posted:
August 12, 2010 06:19 pm
RSS feed

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.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: August 12, 2010 04:46 pm

Morning Announcements: August 12, 2010

Posted:
August 12, 2010 04:46 pm
RSS feed

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,

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.