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Morning Announcements: August 11, 2011

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August 11, 2011 04:56 pm

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Today’s morning announcements:

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan traveled to Tennessee on Wednesday for a panel discussion with education and political officials, including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Duncan applauded Tennessee for taking initiative in addressing key issues within the state’s public school system. “You guys are taking on the tough issues in ways that frankly I wish more states were,” Duncan said, according to the Associated Press. Tennessee won  $500 million in the national Race to the Top education grant competition after making changes to state laws that included tougher curriculum and better teach evaluations.

The Wall Street Journal reported today on the recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education, that shows eight states have toughened  their standards for elementary-school math and reading tests in recent years. However, the report found that most states still fall below national standards.

PBS’s NewsHour partnered up with 10 New York students working on a journalism project run by WNYC Radio to produce a special feature on New York City’s efforts to improve its public high schools, many referred to as “drop out factories.” Read the transcript here.

The debt ceiling debate may have eventually produced a bill that passed through Congress, but the ordeal is still ongoing. The bill created a super committee of 12 lawmakers who are tasked with drafting legislation by November 23 that must cut at least $1.2 trillion out of the nation’s deficit over the next 10 years. Education supporters are following the debt committee, including who is placed on it, very closely, as many worry about potential cuts to K-12 spending, Education Week reports.

Education advocates and school administrators nationwide are realizing the importance of using technology in the classroom. West Virginia’s state superintendent of schools, Jorea Marple, plans to ask the Legislature to invest millions of dollars in helping to digitize schools, retain young teachers, and increase pay for teachers, the Charleston Gazette reports.

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