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Morning Announcements: October 7, 2010

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October 07, 2010 03:57 pm

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Morning_Announcements6Maryland’s high school testing requirements were designed to increase rigor and the value of the state’s diplomas, but only a tiny fraction of seniors this year failed to graduate because of their exam results, and an increasing number of students are using alternative assessments because they have difficulty passing the regular tests, the Washington Post reports.

In his Straight Up blog, Rick Hess writes, “The only condition Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg attached to his $100 million gift to Newark Public Schools was that Governor Chris Christie give control of the schools to Newark Mayor Cory Booker. And now it appears Christie lacks the statutory authority to do so.”

Education Daily finds that the link between student achievement and U.S. global economic competitiveness engages voters most when they consider education issues as a factor in their 2010 voting.

Teacher unions in California angrily denounce an agreement that would result in sweeping changes to teacher seniority protections in the nation’s second-largest school system, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney highlights the substantial educational progress that school chief Andres Alonso has made in Baltimore city schools.

The August Chronicle reports that Georgia school systems probably can’t afford longer school days.

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