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Morning Announcements: September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010 03:55 pm


The St. Louis Dispatch writes about the inaugural class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps, a group of southwest Missouri teachers in training who receive $4,000 annual scholarships in exchange for a three-year commitment to work in rural school districts after graduation.

The director of the Public Education Research Institute at Queens University of Charlotte describes how reducing dropouts would provide an economic stimulus in an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer.Morning_Announcements

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants to use new methods to evaluate and pay the state’s public school teachers, according to the Associated Press.

The Grand Rapids Press editorial board writes, “With apologies to the Realtors who invented the original joke, nearly everybody agrees the three keys to success for Michigan’s economic future are: Education, education, education.”

Education Week writes about the Alliance for Excellent Education’s latest brief which calls for the federal government to step up its role in promoting strong literacy skills at the middle and high school levels.

In her Get Schooled blog, Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter Maureen Downey writes, “At a hearing on his Bridge bill, which would have created a separate track for kids who are not college material and give them skills to land decent jobs,  state Rep. Fran Millar once reflected that while Georgia parents will agree that some kids shouldn’t go to college, they never mean their own children. Their children will go to college.”

Persuading experienced Connecticut teachers to stay in troubled urban districts by letting them retire earlier than suburban teachers might help bolster graduation rates and narrow the state’s achievement gap, according to a report released by the Connecticut Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

CNY Central news in Syracuse, NY, covers how local officials are responding to President Obama’s education comments

The Baltimore Sun reports that the city school district and its teachers union have struck a landmark agreement that would end the longtime practice of linking pay to years of employment.


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