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Morning Announcements: September 14, 2011

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September 14, 2011 04:35 pm

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Education Week reports that not even half of the school districts in states that have adopted the common standards are taking essential steps to implement them, and most cite inadequate state guidance as a major problem in moving forward. This information come from a new surevey released today by the Center on Education Policy. The report shows districts are also deeply divided about how rigorous the new standards are and how much they demand new curricula and instructional strategies.

According to the New York Times, President Obama visited a high school in the potentially politically crucial state of Ohio Tuesday in order to pitch his jobs bill. His $447 billion proposal, which includes tax cuts and stimulus projects to improve the economy, also calls for billions to be invested in renovating our nation’s schools. Obama said Tuesday the $25 billion for education construction and improvements in the plan would achieve two goals at once: modernizing American schools and putting construction workers back on the job.

America’s falling in global ranks in regards to its college completion among young adults, according to the Washington Post, which reported on a new report released Tuesday that it says signals higher education ambitions of other nations are progressing at a swifter pace. The analysis comes two years after President Obama sought to stir the nation’s competitive spirit with a pledge to retake the lead by 2020.

The Michigan Board of Education voted Tuesday to make it tougher for kids to pass state exams, according to the Associated Press. The decision means students will have to answer far more questions correctly to be considered proficient on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program and the Michigan Merit Exam.

Education Week reports on a trend of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) schools reaching out past the top math and science students to educate more underrepresented groups, such as low-income, female, and minority students. One STEM-focused school the publication highlighted was in North Carolina, and its curriculum was inspired by the set of21st-century challenges created by the National Academy of Engineering.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie traveled to Cherry Hill to speak about education initiatives for a second day, highlighting curriculum standards that have been implemented in the state’s  public schools, according to the Associated Press. After visiting a first-grade classroom at Sharp Elementary School in Cherry Hill, Christie stressed the importance of the Common Core Standards Initiative, a national push New Jersey joined under former Gov. Jon Corzine.

The New York Times reports the U.S. House approved a bill, in a bipartisan vote, on Tuesday supporting the expansion of charter schools, the first part of a legislative package planned by Republicans to carry out a piecemeal rewrite of the main federal law on public education, No Child Left Behind.

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