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Morning Announcements: November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010 03:26 pm

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The Sunshine News in Florida takes a look at Florida’s graduation rate and how it was calculated.

The New York Times writes about computers and cellphones and the constant stream of stimuli they offer as well as the challenges that they present to focusing and learning. Also in the Times, columnist Thomas Friedman discusses Arne Duncan’s “national teacher campaign”, an effort to take the profession much more seriously and elevate it to where it should be.

In the Providence Journal, education columnist Julia Steiny writes, “Written word builds bridges between school and home.”

The Boston Examiner finds that Massachusetts high school seniors exceeded the national average in both reading and math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  While the Metro News finds that the latest NAEP results “should be setting off alarms in West Virginia that can be heard from the highest mountain to the most remote valley.”

The Southern examines two major challenges facing the state of Illinois including the need for education reform despite budget shortcuts.

According to the Washington Post, Atlanta Schools Supt. Beverly Hall today bowed to calls for her to step down following a standardized-testing scandal, saying she would not return next school year.

In TIME Magazine, Andrew Rotherham writes about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appointment of Cathleen Black as the city’s school chancellor and asks, “Who Is Best Qualified to Run a School System?

Students from low-income households and Hispanics are vastly underrepresented in New Hampshire’s charter schools, according to  the Nashua Telegraph.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer covers how state lawmakers and other officials are considering moving away from paying teachers that have earned their master degree higher salaries.

The Star Advertiser finds that more than a third of Hawaii public school graduates who enrolled in the University of Hawaii system following graduation last year needed remedial instruction in math or English.

The Kalamazoo Gazette editorial board writes that over the years, tenure laws have ended up protecting some bad apples and discouraging school districts from weeding out the mediocre.

According to the News & Observer, North Carolina is giving low-income students more than $210 million in grants this year to help them go to state community colleges and universities.

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