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Morning Announcements: June 7, 2011

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June 07, 2011 02:45 pm

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Today Education Week released its annual report Diploma Counts which found that the national graduation rate stands at 71.7% for the class of 2008, the highest level since the 1980s. The Press of Atlantic City covered the new report from the angle that the state has the highest high school graduation rate— 87 percent —in the nation.

Several stories today about the NAACP lawsuit in New York City including an opinion piece by NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous in the Washington Post and a Wall Street Journal editorial.

The Indianapolis Star asks, “Skip senior year, go right to college –or not?”  Alliance Vice President of Federal Policy was interviewed for the story and advises, “Just because the 12th grade may not be fully utilized to its potential by many students doesn’t necessarily mean it should be done away with. It means it should be reconfigured to be more relevant.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer writes about the cost of remediation in Pennsylvania and how many high school graduates are still unprepared for a college curriculum. The Philadelphia Public School Notebook covers the same issue and quotes Alliance President Bob Wise as saying, “Remediation is the taxpayer and students paying twice for the same education, and in Pennsylvania that’s almost $100 million. So we need to get it right the first time, and that is in high school.”

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