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Morning Announcements: September 17, 2010

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September 17, 2010 06:00 pm

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Morning_AnnouncementsWriting for his “Class Struggle” blog on washingtonpost.com, Jay Mathews discusses President Obama’s announcement that “100 corporate chief executives will collaborate with him to improve math and science education.” His take? The group “has the potential to enliven school for disadvantaged students and change many of their lives,” but “will not do much for long campaign to get young Americans in general more interested science, math, technology and engineering as careers.”

The Washington Post reports on a new analysis published in the journal Lancet, which finds that “half the reduction in child mortality over the past 40 years can be attributed to the better education of women.” It finds a 9.5 percent decrease in child deaths for every one-year increase in the average education of reproductive-age women.

When Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and mayor-apparent Vincent C. Gray do finally sit down, it is “increasingly likely that the discussion will focus on the terms of her disengagement from the D.C. school system rather than how she might stay,” reports the Washington Post. After a screening of “Waiting for Superman,” Rhee “portrayed Gray’s Democratic primary victory over Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Tuesday as a catastrophe.” Rhee: “[Tuesday’s] election results were devastating, devastating,” Rhee said. “Not for me, because I’ll be fine, and not even for Fenty, because he’ll be fine, but devastating for the schoolchildren of Washington, D.C.”

The California State Board of Education “took up the controversial issue of teacher evaluations Wednesday, unanimously voting to create an online database to share information about local, state and national efforts to measure educators’ effectiveness,” according to the Los Angeles Times. “The board also asked the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Fresno school districts to propose specific ways the state can support local efforts to create more meaningful evaluation tools, including the value-added method of using students’ test scores to rate teacher performance.”

“Just more than half of Texas’ college students will graduate in six years,” according to Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes. He said one major reason students drop out of college is because they weren’t ready in the first place. “Too many high school graduates need remedial college courses, and 80 percent of U.S. students who needed remedial courses in college had a B average in high school,” he said.

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