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Morning Announcements: September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010 04:11 pm


USA Today’s Kindness section picks up on America’s Promise Alliance, “100 Best Communities for Young People List”.

The Washington Post reports that when Mayor-elect Vincent Gray met with Chancellor Michelle Rhee yesterday, they talked about schools not her future in the job.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and a founder of Facebook, has agreed to donate $100 million to improve the long-troubled public schools in Newark, according to the New York Times.

In an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, David W. Gordon, Sacramento County superintendent of schools, writes, “As a school superintendent, I am acutely aware that preparing our 6.4 million students to compete in a global economy is vital for their personal success and the success of our state and nation. And as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), I am equally aware of how far we have to go.”

New Jersey parents will soon get to see teacher evaluations online, according to the Associated Press.

The Washington Post editorial board commends DC Public Schools’ IMPACT system which in its first implementation year rated 662 teachers, or 16 percent of the District’s teaching force as highly effective and awarded them with bonuses ranging from ranging from $3,000 to $25,000.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois has improved the quality of its preschool programs but lags behind other states in grades K-12 and does not adequately prepare students to succeed in college and the work force, according a report released Thursday.

The Courier-Journal reports that even as state-wide test results showed more Kentucky schools falling behind, there’s more bad news — only a third of last spring’s high school graduates were prepared for college or careers.

Looking to boost a 72.9 percent high school graduation rate, the Cape Girardeau School District is beefing up its attendance policy and putting parents on the hook for student absences, according to the Southeast Missourian.


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