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Morning Announcements: November 4, 2011

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November 04, 2011 03:30 pm

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It’s Friday again! This weekend marks the end of Daylight Savings Time for most of the country. Remember to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night, which will give you an extra hour to catch up on education news!

The Indiana State University newsroom reports that of the 2010 high school graduating class in Indiana, 12 percent, or more than 10,000 students, left high school without a diploma. ISU and community groups from across the state continue to combat those statistics one child and one school at a time.

With concentrated poverty on the rise, the Hechinger Report wonders if education reformers should be worried, referencing a Brookings Institution report out yesterday: “After declining in the 1990s, the population in extreme-poverty neighborhoods—where at least 40 percent of individuals live below the poverty line—rose by one-third from 2000 to 2005–09.”

The Fiscal Times covers a Center for Budget and Policy Priorities report that shows nearly all the top ten toss-up states in next year’s presidential election have sharply curtailed their education budgets since the recession began in 2008.

Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman will ask the state Board of Education today to modify the new teacher evaluations, hoping to relieve time-pressured principals of some requirements and better ensure assessments are fair, reports the Tennessean.

According to the Spokesman-Review, Idaho’s state Board of Education voted unanimously yesterday to approve a new rule requiring every Idaho student to take two online classes to graduate from high school.

The state department of education announced yesterday that a total of $8.2 million in federal aid has become available for New Jersey schools, reports the NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

Nevada is one of four states and territories selected by the National Governors Association to help redesign teacher evaluation systems, according to KTVN.com out of Reno.

The Huffington Post writes that the number of lost school days in the northeast due to Hurricane Irene and last week’s snow storm is forcing some districts to consider trimming their winter or spring vacations to ensure school doesn’t stretch beyond June—a consideration virtually unheard of so early in the academic year.

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