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Morning Announcements: February 9, 2011

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February 09, 2011 04:00 pm

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The Associated Press reports that the George W. Bush Institute has introduced a new initiative, Middle School Matters, an effort to increase graduation rates by focusing on middle school student performance.

An op-ed in the Los Angeles Business Journal explains the community benefits of improving the high school graduation rate.

U.S. News & World Report is planning on assigning letter grades to teacher colleges around the country according to the New York Times.

South Dakota has introduced legislation barring the state board of education from adopting national history standards, according to Catherine Gewertz at Education Week. However, she writes “Funny thing is, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, which organized the drive for common math and ELA standards, aren’t working on an initiative like that for history/social studies standards.”

State School Superintendent John Barge told educators from across the state Tuesday that Georgia’s graduation rate could plummet 16 percentage points this year under a new federally mandated formula, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The Michigan Board of Education today approved a plan to set the bar higher for determining what’s considered proficient on state achievement exams, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The state’s largest teachers union Tuesday endorsed a statewide teacher evaluation system, performance pay and breaking up Milwaukee Public Schools, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

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