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Morning Announcements: August 6, 2010

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August 06, 2010 04:12 pm

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Morning_AnnouncementsAn Education Week article takes a look at the challenges facing rural schools and communities. In the story, the research director for Rural School and Community Trust is quoted as saying, “Rural schools, on average, face higher concentrations of the challenges that make schools more difficult to staff than do their counterparts in other locales.”

According to a new Associated Press-Univision poll, many Spanish-speaking parents are having trouble helping their children with homework or communicating with U.S. teachers as English-immersion classes proliferate in K-12.

A proposed program in Idaho would have high school dropouts earning their diplomas through boot camp, reports the Idaho Statesman.

The Baltimore Sun reports that 60 percent of Baltimore’s elementary and middle schools failed to reach AYP.

The Montana office of public instruction announced the launch of a new tool that will help schools measure the academic success of students after they graduate from high school, according to the Billings Gazette. The Gazette also reports that Wyoming’s dropout rate is getting better.  The rate used in the state reflects the number of students who disenroll from school in grades nine through 12 during one year and is calculated from the most recent set of data available.

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