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Morning Announcements: January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011 04:33 pm

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The Indianapolis Star recognizes community members, business leaders, and volunteers for supporting children in need and education reform.

The drive for education reform has teacher unions on the defensive, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

The Los Angles Times reports on the progress that Bruce Randolph School in Denver, CO has made in raising student achievement, writing, “It has vastly increased the percentage of its students who can perform at grade level. But still only 19% of middle school students there do math at grade level, and only 26% read at grade level. The numbers are higher for high school students, but still far from perfect, said Cedillo, who is now the principal.” President Obama mentioned Bruce Randolph School in his State of the Union address.

Teach For America, the education organization that has placed recent college graduates in low-income public schools, is getting $100 million to launch its first-ever endowment in hopes of making the grass-roots organization a permanent fixture in education, according to the Associated Press.

In another school reform effort in Texas, the Houston Chronicle reports, “Student attendance rates are up, suspensions are down and math performance is improving in the nine struggling Houston ISD schools taking part in the district’s experimental reform program called Apollo 20. But the instruction in many classrooms remains too basic and boring, according to the first major progress report on the $29 million effort being watched by urban districts nationwide. Questions also remain about future funding of the program.”

The Washington Post reports on how Kaya Henderson, Interim Schools Chancellor on DC Public schools, is pushing ahead with reforming one of the nation’s lowest performing school systems.

Providence Journal columnist Julia Steiny calls for public support for Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

While the College Board plans to unveil a sweeping revision to Advanced Placement biology courses on Tuesday, it is delaying similar changes in United States history by a year to address concerns from high school teachers, according to the New York Times.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Kevin Huffman writes about the Ohio mother who was sentenced to serve nine days in jail for lying about her address so her two daughters could attend better schools, calling it “A Rosa Parks moment for education.”

According to the Augusta Chronicle, more absences can mean fewer high school graduates.

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