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Morning Announcements: April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011 04:17 pm

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High School Notes, U.S. News  & World Report’s new education blog, focuses on the Every Students Count Act, a new bill that would require states to improve graduation rates to 90 percent and to report data uniformly. It’s expected to be attached to a reworked No Child Left Behind Act.

The New York Times writes, “Those who call themselves reformers are a diverse group, men and women of every political stripe and of every race and ethnicity. But there is one thing that characterizes a surprisingly large number of the people who are transforming public schools: they attended private schools.”

The New York Times also reports on New York City’s incoming schools chancellor Dennis Walcott and his upcoming plans for reform while the Los Angeles Times covers Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deas’ ambitious new agenda.

In an op-ed in the Missoulian, Superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools Alex Apostle explains why the public plays a vital role in school improvement efforts.

Julia Steiny of the Providence Journal describes how volunteer efforts can boost reading scores.

In Wisconsin, the Journal-Sentinel reports that many veteran teachers that are uncertain about future benefits are considering retiring early.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is making an unusual offer to next year’s juniors and seniors: Stay home and finish your education online.

In the Harvard Business Review blog, Charles Ogletree asks “Why do we keep choosing ineffective urban inventions?”

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