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Morning Announcements: March 3, 2011

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March 03, 2011 03:07 pm

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The Washington Post reports that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is arguing that even as state and local governments take difficult steps to balance their budgets, they should not neglect the education and training programs that are key to the nation’s competitiveness.

In Diverse Issues in Higher Education, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Joseph A. Aguerrebere explains how teacher quality is key to student success.

The Richard Times-Dispatch discusses Gov. Bob McDonnell’s higher-education plan to authorize $65 million in new general-fund spending to expand access to higher education and to encourage Virginia students to study STEM disciplines.

The Oklahoma Senate this week approved legislation designed to ensure more Oklahoma high school students earn their diplomas, the Examiner-Enterprise reports.

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates will step into the national debate over state budgets with a call for states to rethink their health care and pension systems, which he says stifle funding for public schools, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the Washington Post, the Republican faceoff with labor unions in the Midwest and elsewhere marks not just a fight over money and collective bargaining, but also a test of wills over how to improve the nation’s schools.

The New York Times reports on teachers around the nation asking “Why the Scorn?”

In the Idaho Press-Tribune, Tom Vander Ark, expresses his support for Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” plan.

Education Week reports on how teachers are using the Skype videoconferencing software to connect foreign-language students to native speakers, hold virtual field trips and host conversations with scientists and other experts. Ed Week also presents two different views on the Wisconsin protest over legislation to limit collective bargaining rights for teachers: Ravitch started with her blog post I Stand With the Teachers of Wisconsin. Hess countered with I Stand With Governor Walker.

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