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Morning Announcements: March 1, 2011

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March 01, 2011 04:31 pm

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Education Week writes, “The rhetoric of today’s education policy tends to divide the world in two: those who favor ‘reform’ and those who don’t.” Ed Week also reports on a new analysis finding that arts education is experiencing a decline, particularly among minority students.

In Maryland, rally organizers say they hope to bring more than 2,000 people to Annapolis to protest $94 million in spending reductions for schools statewide.

In the New York Times, columnist David Brooks writes, “The country’s future greatness will be shaped by whether we cut wisely or stupidly…Many governors of both parties are diverting money from schools in thoughtless and self-destructive ways.”

The Detroit News calls for no more hollow diplomas, writing “The statewide graduation rate has increased to 76 percent this year, but many of these students failed to reach college-ready proficiency levels. For example, The Detroit News reported that of the 568 schools with 2010 graduation rates higher than 80 percent, only 64 schools — 11 percent — achieved acceptable math proficiency scores for seniors. More than half of Michigan’s high schools failed to prepare 90 percent of their students for college. These statistics don’t bode well for future academic success.”

The Casper Star Tribune reports that the Wyoming graduation rate has dropped slightly on average and sharply in a few school districts because of a new formula.

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