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Morning Announcements: March 17, 2011

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March 17, 2011 03:54 pm

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In the op-ed in the Washington Post, U.S. Secretary of Education writes of March Madness, “Like millions of fans, I’ll be watching the tournament, rooting for my favorites. As a kid on the South Side of Chicago who loved basketball, I got to see the best and the worst of college sports. I spent time on the court with inner-city players who had been used and dumped by their universities. When the ball stopped bouncing, they struggled to find work and had difficult lives. Some died early. The dividing line for success was between those who went to college and got their degrees, and those who did not. If a team fails to graduate even half of its players, how serious are the institution and coach about preparing their student-athletes for life?”

National Public Radio reports that budget cuts are forcing public schools to put sports on the chopping block.

Education Week’s Teacher Beat blog features two recently released reports (one by the Alliance) that coincide with the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York.

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