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Morning Announcements: October 8, 2010

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October 08, 2010 04:34 pm


Morning_Announcements5[1]The Minnesota Post reports that underperforming MPS schools try longer days but experts say success will depend on how the extra time is spent.

The Las Vegas Sun reports on the life of homeless students in Clark County School District.

In the Wall Street Journal chairman and CEO of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch explains how American Idol has tougher standards than the American school system.

The Washington Post editorial board reflects on the Education Jobs Fund writing, “So urgent was the supposed need for Congress to forestall a catastrophic loss of teacher jobs that the House was called back from its summer recess and money looted from the food stamp program. That money is now flowing to the states, but since, for many, the crisis was less dramatic than had been described, local school districts are now looking for creative ways to use the money. Let’s hope that they are smarter than those who engineered this boondoggle and that they do not waste taxpayer dollars on programs that can’t be sustained or policies that don’t work.”

The annual snapshot of public schools in Louisiana brightened Thursday, but two-thirds remain below the landmark they hoped to reach last year, the Advocate reports.

In North Carolina, public high schools will be graded on how well they prepare students for college and the workplace, and how many of their students take challenging math classes as part of a plan that broadens the criteria for judging school quality.

According to the Oregonian, fifty-one Oregon high schools improved to an “outstanding” rating in annual report cards released Thursday by the state Education Department, increasing the portion of top-rated schools to 31 percent.

The Tribune editorial board writes, “It would be nice if all high school students in Wyoming had the opportunity to take college courses at no cost to them, as a group of educators recommended this week. But it’s highly questionable whether that scenario is practical. And there’s certainly no obligation for the state to establish such an entitlement.”


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