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Morning Announcements: August 17, 2010

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August 17, 2010 03:37 pm

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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.

Through a federal initiative called “The Freedom Project: Turning Points and Learning Points in American History”, two Delaware school districts have been awarded a grant of nearly $1 million to better train teachers of American history. Speaking of teacher training, in Denver, two nonprofit groups are supporting a program aimed at making sure the state’s students have an effective educator in every classroom, as reported by the Denver Post.

Also in Colorado, education reporter Jeremy Meyer from the Denver Post takes a look at two Colorado school and their progress in implanting major reforms.

Chicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman hopes to use funds from the federal educator jobs bill to restore high school class sizes back to normal.

The Detroit News reports that 92 schools are on the Michigan Department of Education’s list of “persistently lowest achieving schools” and have 90 days to decide among four federally prescribed reforms: close, reopen as a charter school, reassign at least half the staff or transform academics.

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