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Morning Announcements: December 20, 2010

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December 20, 2010 02:33 pm


The Wall Street Journal reports that the Dream Act has failed in the senate: The Dream Act—which stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors—was aimed at helping people brought into the country illegally when they were 15 or younger. It would have let them obtain citizenship if they attended two years of college or served for two years in the military.

Education Week reporter Catherine Gewertz writes about a new development in the assessment world that could make tests more accessible to students with disabilities and more portable.

The Minnesota Post examines a school district that has switched to a four-day week in order to save money.

According to the Arizona Republic, Scottsdale schools will test a new teacher-evaluation system anonymously this spring, using sets of student-achievement data to measure teacher effectiveness.

The dropout rate in Delaware dipped to a historic low last school year, and state leaders say they believe it’s the result of more accurate data collection and increased attention to catching at-risk students before they leave school, the News Journal reports.

Members of the editorial board at the State Journal-Register in Illinois argue that school reform should not be a quick process. Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune editorial board writes that the best way to improve education in Illinois dramatically is to attract and keep the best teachers in the classroom and more quickly and efficiently fire the worst.

The News Observer writes about homeless students and the challenges they face in earning an education.

USA Today asks should schools scrap religious holidays?

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