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Morning Announcements: January 11, 2011

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January 11, 2011 03:17 pm

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Education Week releases the 15th edition of Quality Counts today, an evaluation of states’ educational performance and policymaking. Maryland is ranked #1 in the nation for the third year in the row. To read more about Maryland’s progress, check out this article in the Baltimore Sun.

The Washington Post editorial board commends Education Secretary Arne Duncan for delivering his judgment on who he thinks should lead the schools in the nation’s capital – interim chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Education Week is reporting that media outlets in New York City could potentially do something similar to last year’s controversial series by the Los Angeles Times. Reporters there published a series of analytical stories based on linked teacher- and student-performance data obtained through an open-records request. The newspaper also made public a database allowing parents and the public at large to look up teachers by name and to see whether they were more or less effective in raising students’ test scores.

Connecticut lawmakers will soon have to deal with the hangover of passing a sweeping and expensive education reform law and then failing to capture the federal Race to the Top grant to pay for it, according to the Connecticut Mirror. The first issue up for reconsideration is increased graduation requirements. Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, D-West Hartford and co-chairman of the legislature’s Education Committee, is quoted as saying: “It is painful for me to say, but if we don’t find the money we may have no choice but to roll back those implementation dates.”

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of D.C. public schools, explains the policy recommendations presented by her newly founded organization StudentsFirst in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

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