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Morning Announcements: August 9, 2010

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August 09, 2010 03:54 pm

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Morning_AnnouncementsPresident Obama will revisit his goal for America to lead the world in college graduation rates by 2020 in a speech to the University of Texas today, according to the New York Times.

Utah becomes the 36th state to adopt the common core state standards, reports the Daily Herald. And an article in today’s Boston Globe highlights the key things to know about implementation of the standards in Massachusetts.

NPR takes a look at the $10 billion measure to forestall the layoffs of thousands of teachers.

Alabama considers how their graduation rate will change once they adopt a new formula which involves tracking freshmen for four years via unique identification numbers, to see not only if they graduate, but if they do so on time.

In Georgia, so many high school students had trouble passing a new more rigorous high school math class that the state Board of Education is considering giving those students credit if they can complete a remedial class this year.

In today’s New York Times opinion section, columnist Paul Krugman writes:

When we save a schoolteacher’s job, that unambiguously aids employment; when we give millionaires more money instead, there’s a good chance that most of that money will just sit idle.

And what about the economy’s future? Everything we know about economic growth says that a well-educated population and high-quality infrastructure are crucial. Emerging nations are making huge efforts to upgrade their roads, their ports and their schools. Yet in America we’re going backward.

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