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Morning Announcements: December 9, 2010

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December 09, 2010 02:57 pm


The San Francisco Chronicle reports that more than a third of California’s black public high school students dropped out before graduation day and that number is on the rise.

The New York Times reports on parent reaction to “A Race to Nowhere”, a new documentary that look at the downside of childhoods spent on résumé-building.

A new report by the Arizona Board of Regents finds that four out of five Arizona high-school graduates do not have a college degree six years after graduating from high school, and just over half haven’t gone to college at all.

According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts state education officials counted 13,090 homeless students in the last academic year — an 85 percent increase from five years before.

Seven school districts and 23 charter schools are joining Minnesota’s alternative system for evaluating and paying teachers — the signature education initiative under Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the Associated Press reports.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska Department of Education has rolled out a new online program for educators and the public to research how the state is educating its children.

Want to know what people were saying about the PISA results? Check out this Education Week blog post.

The Birmingham News editorial board writes, “Alabama’s progress in reducing the number of high-school dropouts is great news, and it should inspire school systems to work even harder to retain their students.”

The Desert Sun examines three California school districts that have added programs in recent years designed to keep students engaged in school and to catch students at risk of falling through the cracks.

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