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Morning Announcements: April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011 04:30 pm

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Education advocates are already bracing for protracted budget battles in the coming year, Education Week reports. Reporter Alyson Klein goes on to write, “Though a number of smaller, targeted programs ended up being eliminated or cut back over a series of stopgap spending bills, in the end just over $1 billion was sliced from the U.S. Department of Education’s discretionary budget. The final tally: $68.5 billion for fiscal year 2011, down from $69.8 billion in the previous fiscal year.  The agreement, approved by a 260-167 vote in the House of Representatives and by 81-19 in the U.S. Senate, preserves current-year funding for key formula-grant programs, including Title I grants to districts, financed at $14.5 billion, and special education state grants, funded at $11.5 billion.”

The Southeast Missourian reports on a new Alliance report demonstrating the economic benefits of raising the high school graduation rate. Alliance President Bob Wise is quoted as saying, “We want people to understand they have direct stake in this,” he said. “This is about equity … this is a matter of economic security for the country.”

In a dramatic move the Los Angeles Unified school district has released school ratings based on a new approach that measures a school’s success at raising student performance, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Christian Science Monitor reports on a new NAEP study finding that American high-schoolers are earning more credits and taking more challenging courses than they did 20 years ago.

More Incoming NY Community College Students Need Remedial Courses, according to Uptown Radio in New York

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