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Morning Announcements: October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010 04:11 pm

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Morning_Announcements4 (1)New York Times education reporter Sam Dillon writes about a 10 page letter that the Department of Education sent to thousands of school districts and colleges today urging them to ensure that they are complying with their responsibilities to prevent bullying.

The Charleston Gazette editorial staff focuses on the imperiled future of high school dropouts and explains how 70 percent of young Americans in the 17-to-24 age bracket are unfit to join the U.S. military.

The Montgomery Advertiser examines new laws that try to keep teens in school in Alabama. In the story, Sen. Arthur Orr described a report from the Alliance for Excellent Education that found that students who dropped out in 2008 will cost the state of Alabama $1 billion in lost wages over their lifetimes as “draw-dropping”. “You’ve really got two costs,” Orr said. “The human cost to the individual who doesn’t reach his or her full potential … and the financial cost to our state and our country.”It’s tremendous.”

In an op-ed about the increasing budget challenges faced by today’s community colleges, Ronald Young, the provost and interim president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, writes, “While our enrollments have grown significantly, the funding to support the thousands of new students has not. In fact, last year’s state budget contained no increase at all for Pennsylvania’s community colleges.”

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