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Morning Announcements: March 19, 2012

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March 19, 2012 04:22 pm

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Happy Monday! We already know that’s oxymoronic but let’s pretend nonetheless. Ok? Here are your top stories in the education world today.

The Associated Press highlights a report from us here at the Alliance for Excellent Education in conjunction with Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and America’s Promise which shows the U.S. graduation rate is showing moderate improvements. The U.S. saw a 3.5 percent increase in graduation rate with New York and Tennessee boasting double digit improvements.

National Public Radio seeks to examine just how dangerous are American schools. The recent school shooting rampage in Ohio has once again focused national attention on the issue of student violence. But experts say such high-profile incidents overshadow an important trend. Overall, violent crime in U.S. schools has fallen significantly since the early 1990s.

In Motown U.S.A, Detroit public schools received millions of dollars to help six struggling schools. And as the Detroit Free Press reports, despite those schools having some of the most urgent needs in the state, the district has failed to spend a large portion of the $6.3 million in federal grant money it received.

Your ordinary school bake sale is undergoing changes as the nation changes. With that can come conflict and differing opinions. Too complicated for a bake sale, you’d think. But the New York Times reports that culture clashes in parent-teacher groups are increasingly common at schools where demographics are changing.

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