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Morning Announcements: May 31, 2011

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May 31, 2011 03:22 pm

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that over a third of students entering college need remedial help and quotes Alliance President Bob Wise as saying, “It’s like a track meet where you have [students] run another lap to get to the start line instead of moving toward the finish line.” On a related note, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Kristen Amundson of Education Sector, writes about remediation problems in Virginia and calls for state legislators to phase out the Virginia Standard Diploma.

The Great Falls Tribune editorial board explains why graduating high school IS a big deal.

Education Week reports that five states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards are beginning work on an initiative to create an open-source platform that would help teachers access, download, and create resources tied to the common standards.

The Los Angeles Times asks, What if they built a school and nobody got to go? The Alvord Unified School District is about to find out. Burdened by state budget shortfalls, the school doesn’t have the money to turn on the lights or hire staff for the $105-million campus.

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