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Morning Announcements: October 12, 2010

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October 12, 2010 04:29 pm

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MorningOn Sunday, 16 school district chiefs, including New York’s Joel Klein and Washington’s Michelle Rhee published a manifesto entitled how to fix our schools in the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports on a new analysis that finds states appropriated almost $6.2 billion for four-year colleges and universities between 2003 and 2008 to help pay for the education of students who didn’t return for year two.

In an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer, Erskine Bowles, outgoing president of the University of North Carolina system, writes, “Ineffective teaching hurts our students – and ultimately, it hurts all of us” and points to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as an example of best practices.

On Monday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the creation of a program that will provide grants to organizations to expand the reach of their education technology initiatives. Education Week blogger Ian Quillen reports that the Next Generation Learning Challenges program is releasing its first in a series of requests to solicit funding proposals for technology initiatives, with the first round focused specifically on postsecondary education.

Washington Post reporter Bill Turque speculates what’s next for Michelle Rhee. Also on this page is video of Washington Post editorial board member Jo-Ann Armao interviewing Rhee about the future of her position, her greatest regret and accomplishment and what she thinks of her portrayal as a “superwoman” in the documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

Jennifer Medina of the New York Times takes a look at New York’s standardized English and math tests, reporting “But evidence had been mounting for some time that the state’s tests, which have formed the basis of almost every school reform effort of the past decade, had serious flaws.”

In Colorado, the nonprofit Colorado Succeeds released a report calling for the state to adopt specific education reforms that Florida under Gov. Jeb Bush put in place over the past decade.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania is considering legislation that would establish a 19-member task force to develop a statewide educational foundation for homeless children as well as a network of support services.

The Charleston Gazette reports that in order to compete in the global economy, West Virginia needs to at least reach the national average of 51 percent of adults having two- or four-year college degrees.

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