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Morning Announcements: October 20, 2010

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October 20, 2010 03:48 pm


Morning_Announcements3College graduation rates among young Americans, especially Latinos, are stagnating, according to the Wall Street Journal and a new report from the American Council on Education. Click here to view an interactive graph on the college attendance rates from the WSJ. The Washington Post also picked up on the study but focused on the finding that younger men are significantly less likely to have completed college than older men.

new report from the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education finds that about 60 percent of students who graduated from public and private schools in 2005 and 2006 who enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island needed remediation in one or more areas: reading, writing or math. To read more about the remediation problem on a national level, see the Alliance brief entitled Paying Double: Inadequate High Schools and Community College Remediation. While this RI study finds that high schools aren’t preparing students for community colleges, across the country, a report from the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at Cal State Sacramento finds that community colleges aren’t preparing students for the workforce. Specifically, the study finds that seventy percent of students seeking degrees at California’s community colleges did not manage to attain them or transfer to four-year universities within six years.

Did you catch U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s essay on Enhancing U.S. Education and Competitiveness? Check it out in the magazine of Foreign Affairs (free registration required).

The Gwinnett County, Georgia district has been awarded the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education for 2010. Read more about the school district’s recognition in Education Week.

The New York Times reports that in a digital age, college students still cling to paper textbooks.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, guaranteeing community college students who earn certain associate degrees meant for transfer acceptance into a California State University baccalaureate program with junior status, Inside Higher Education reports.

Want to hear from President of the National Education Association Dennis Van Roekel on teaching today? Check out this interview by Washington Post education columnist Jay Matthews.

The Connecticut Mirror reports that  a group of state business leaders have released a set of recommendations that they say will help narrow the state’s education achievement gap–proposals that are likely to prove both costly and controversial.

Check out a new weekly column designed to promote thought and discussion on important national, state and local issues influencing our educational system in the News-Leader.

In Louisiana, state officials move forward with setting up a uniform grading system for public schools.

The Governor of New Jersey wants former Washington, DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee to consider the vacant state education commissioner’s post according to the Star-Ledger.

In New York, the Times Union reports that some local charter schools are opting out of their share of the state’s $700 million in federal Race to the Top funding because it would cost them their autonomy.

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