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August 18, 2017 09:12 am
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Condemning Racism and Bigotry While Using Charlottesville as a Teachable Moment: Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Others

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The Alliance for Excellent Education filmed a special edition of Federal Flash that condemns the actions by white supremacists in Charlottesville and urges parents, teachers, and others to talk about Charlottesville in their homes, classrooms, and communities. This blog post includes the video, a transcript of the video, as well as a series of resources that individuals can use to help start conversations about the nation’s dark history with slavery, the dangerous white supremacy movement, and the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity in America.

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Posted: May 22, 2017 11:24 am

PERKINS REWRITE: House Education Committee Passes Bill to Update Nation’s Main Career and Technical Education Law

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May 22, 2017 11:24 am
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On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee unanimously approved legislation to improve the nation’s career and technical education (CTE). The bill, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was introduced by U.S. Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL); it would update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), which provides more than $1.1 billion in federal education funds for middle schools, high schools, and postsecondary education.

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Posted: May 08, 2017 01:53 pm

U.S. High School Graduation Rate at All-Time High but off Pace to Meet 2020 Goal of 90 Percent

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May 08, 2017 01:53 pm
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The U.S. high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 83.2 percent, but for the second straight year, the nation is off pace to meet the 90 percent graduation rate goal by 2020, according to the 2017 Building a Grad Nation report, issued by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Posted: May 08, 2017 01:35 pm

College and Career Pathway Success Stories Shine on the Hill

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May 08, 2017 01:35 pm
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First-generation college students Seraiya Wright and Jose Bojorquez helped bring federal policy to life during a Senate briefing on career and technical education (CTE) last week. Seraiya and Jose shared their stories of how college and career pathways can successfully bridge the gap between high school, post-secondary education, and the workforce.

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Posted: May 04, 2017 12:55 pm

Addressing Disparities in Broadband Access

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May 04, 2017 12:55 pm
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On my first day of teaching in rural Mississippi, I turned on the computer and projector expecting little to go wrong. As students shuffled in, searching for their assigned seats, I realized the internet connection was not working. This was the first but, sadly, not the last time I experienced connectivity issues during my teaching career. More importantly, this problem is not uniquely my own. Throughout the nation, teachers and students struggle with internet connectivity daily. This lack of access to high-quality internet has created a “digital divide” that must be addressed.

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Posted: May 03, 2017 11:08 am

Undocumented Immigrant Students: Can the Nation Avert an Education, Economic, and Moral Crisis Affecting Millions of Young People?

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May 03, 2017 11:08 am
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Imagine waking up to the news that millions of students disappeared overnight. Think of the incalculable cost to the nation of these young people not continuing their education. The patents never filed. The medicines never discovered. The companies never started. The disposable incomes never spent to create more jobs. All the lost human potential, brainpower, and economic contributions that these millions of future wage earners could provide during a time when the nation needs the talents and skills of all its people.

How could this happen, you ask? Already I am hearing reports from principals about the PTA attendance of immigrant families dropping sharply and of parents sending their children to school on alternate days to avoid everyone being picked up in a sweep.

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Posted: April 21, 2017 02:31 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Destination Deeper Learning

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April 21, 2017 02:31 pm
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In this week’s digest, take a tour of deeper learning then and now, check out next generation learning in Colorado, see how competency-based learning will transform an Illinois school, and find out how states can use the Every Student Succeeds Act to enable deeper learning for all students.

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Posted: April 18, 2017 11:10 am

I Think I Can’t: Lack of Confidence in Math Keeps Girls Out of Lucrative STEM Careers

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April 18, 2017 11:10 am
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The rate at which women enroll in four-year colleges and complete bachelor’s degrees continues to outpace the rate for men. In fact, by 2025 women will represent nearly 60 percent of all university students. Yet despite their growing numbers on college campuses, women remain a small minority among students majoring in physical, engineering, mathematics, and computer (PEMC) sciences. It seems that personal beliefs about their math skills, and not actual math ability, in high school keep young women out of PEMC college classes and careers, according to new research from Florida State University (FSU).

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Posted: April 17, 2017 12:03 pm

Under Trump and DeVos, Could Time Be Right to Update the Nation’s Career and Technical Education Law?

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April 17, 2017 12:03 pm
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The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Educational Improvement Act (Perkins), is the nation’s largest federal investment in secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE), but the law hasn’t been updated in over ten years. How are students supposed to get access to high-quality educational programs that prepare them for the jobs of today and tomorrow with a law more than a decade old?

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