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Morning Announcements: November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010 03:50 pm


Morning_Announcements3The New York Times and TIME magazine write about a new report from America’s Promise Alliance that finds that US high school graduation rate is on the rise. According to the analysis, the U.S. graduation rate increased from 72 percent in 2002 to 75 percent in 2008 and that the number of “dropout factory” high schools fell by 13 percent – from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,746 in 2008.

Yesterday, Cathleen Black, a publishing executive, was approved as Chancellor of New York City public schools with a waiver from the state education commissioner that said her inexperience in education would be offset in part by the appointment of a chief academic officer to serve by her side, according to the New York Times. The editorial board weighs in on the appointment of Ms. Black’s chief academic officer – Shael Polakow-Suransky, a respected, hard-driving educator who has worked his way from middle school math teacher, to high school principal, to his most recent post as the school system’s accountability officer. On a related note, the Christian Science Monitor asks “Have business-savvy officials improved big-city schools?”

The New York Times editorial board also writes about how the Dream Act, the immigration bill that opens a path to legalization for undocumented young people who go to college or serve in the military, has a shot at passing the lame-duck Congress.

In the Huffington Post, Tom Vander Ark, writes about a recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Public Schools in New Jersey and how  the state is considering digital learning opportunities.

News Channel 6 in Georgia reports on Georgia lawmaker advocating for better education to curb violent crimes.

The Boston Globe reports that more than a third of eighth-graders attending urban school districts across Massachusetts at the end of the last academic year were at risk of dropping out of high school.

For the first time in more than 20 years, Minnesota will require a new licensure exam for aspiring K-12 teachers, according to the Star Tribune.

In an op-ed in the Virginia Pilot, a retired major general calls for Virginia to adopt common standards, writing they would “ultimately help increase the number of young adults with the skills to enter a variety of professions, including military service.”

Michelle A. Rhee is no longer chancellor of D.C. schools, but her presence still looms large over a Washington Teachers’ Union election that is entering its final contentious days, the Washington Post reports. Education columnist Valerie Strauss also reports that a number of school districts in states that won money in the Education Department’s $4 billion Race to the Top competition have decided they don’t actually want the money because, in most cases, officials think it is more trouble to accept it.


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