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New Straight A’s Issue Now Online

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November 01, 2011 09:15 pm


The newest version of the Alliance’s Straight A’s newsletter is now online.

Articles in this issue focus on

  • The bill passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act;
  • Efforts underway in New York City, Wyoming, and Ohio to reduce the need for remedial courses among college students;
  • Hidden costs of community colleges; and
  • Dropout rates among students in special education and the economic benefits associated with special education students who graduate from high school.

Links to each of these articles appear below. For a free email subscription to Straight A’s, join the Alliance’s mailing list.

SENATE HELP COMMITTEE PASSES LEGISLATION TO REWRITE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: On October 20, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), by a bipartisan vote of 15 to 7. All twelve Democrats on the committee voted for the bill. They were joined by three Republicans: Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Mark Kirk (R-IL).

REMEDIATION EXASPERATION: New York City, Wyoming, and Ohio Focus on College Students’ Needs for Remedial Courses: Only 21.4 percent of freshmen who enter high school in New York City graduate from high school four years later ready to succeed in college and only 50.4 percent actually enroll in college, according to new data released by the New York City Department of Education last week.

HIDDEN COSTS OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES: New Report Estimates Federal, State, and Local Governments Spent Nearly $4 Billion on Community College Students Who Dropped Out After First Year: Between the 2004-05 school year and the 2008-09 school year, nearly $4 billion in federal, state, and local tax dollars was spent on first-year, full-time community college students who dropped out before earning an associate‘s degrees or certificate and did not return for a second year. So says The Hidden Costs of Community Colleges, a new report from the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

THE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT DILEMMA AND SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS: New Report Examines Benefits for Special Education Students Who Earn a Diploma Compared to Those Who Do Not: Similar to the advantages that non-special education high school graduates possess over high school dropouts, special education students who earn a high school diploma are more likely to attend a postsecondary institution, secure meaningful employment, and avoid the criminal justice system than special education students who leave high school without a diploma, according to a new report from the California Dropout Research Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.


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