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Morning Announcements: January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011 03:17 pm


Looking for stories recapping the education angle of the State of the Union? Check these out:

“President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to put education front-and-center on the national agenda, and on the agenda of the newly divided Congress. And he tied his education proposals, including the long-stalled reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, directly to the nation’s economic future.”  –Education Week

“Someone should have told President Obama that there were important contradictions in the education portion of his State of the Union address before he delivered it to Congress. First, Obama rightly said that a child’s education starts at home: “It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done.” Then why is his administration insisting in pushing policies that evaluate and pay teachers based solely on how well they raise the test scores of their children? How can teachers be responsible for what happens to a child outside of school?” –Washington Post Columnist Valerie Strauss

“Education was a major topic in President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, as he called for the nation to once again become an international leader in higher education and increase its number of college graduates. He also mentioned what he sees as the need to reform immigration laws so talented students are not kicked out of the country.” –Washington Post Columnist Jenna Johnson 

“Timing is everything, and the timing for Barack Obama to use Tuesday’s State of Union to declare himself the education president was, well, not ideal. The U.S. Department of Education released the Nation’s Report Card on science Tuesday, and nobody came out looking good.” – Richard Whitmire, USA Today

“For all of the anticipation among educators that Obama’s State of the Union address would place school reform front and center, the speech was surprisingly light on education, largely rehashing past rhetoric and skimming substance. This was strategic–Obama has just a year left to govern before his next election contest and he faces a less-friendly Congress than in 2009, when his address also emphasized education. As Josh Green pointed out, the speech seemed designed to “refocus the nation’s attention where Obama would like it to be.” Last night was about reminding everyone where he stands, rather than surprising with anything new.” –The Atlantic

The New York Times reports on results released yesterday from the National Assessment of Education Progress and finds that few students show proficiency  in science. For some state-by-state reactions on the study, check out these stories from Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, North DakotaNew Hampshire, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

The Baltimore Sun reports that an American government exam taken by all high school students in Maryland would be eliminated next year under the proposed state budget, a surprising shift in policy that comes just three years after the test was made a graduation requirement.


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