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Stats That Stick: October 12, 2011

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October 12, 2011 05:03 pm

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Numbers of pages in new No Child Left Behind Act bill: 865
Senior Senate Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa released a draft of a sprawling revision of the No Child Left Behind education law on Tuesday that would dismantle the provisions of the law that used standardized test scores in reading and math to label tens of thousands of public schools as failing. The 865-page bill, filed by Senator Harkin, who heads the Senate education committee, became the first comprehensive piece of legislation overhauling the law to reach either Congressional chamber since President George W. Bush signed it in 2002. Mr. Harkin made his draft bill public 18 days after President Obama announced that he would use executive authority to waive the most onerous provisions of the law, because he had all but given up hope that Congress could fix the law’s flaws any time soon.

Education jobs lost since economy collapsed in 2008: 294,000
Public schools, which rely heavily on state dollars, are hurting. According to Education week, nearly 300,000 jobs in the education sector have been lost since the economy went down. Now, the White House is estimating another 280,000 education jobs could be lost in the coming year. President Barack Obama is promising to save those jobs at risk and support a total of 400,000 others with his Americans Jobs Act that could help rehire laid off teachers back. Education Week investigated these numbers and fact checked the claims.

Amount awarded to support principals in Delaware: $2.5 million
The Delaware Department of Education has awarded a $2.5 million grant to support a program that coaches principals in high-needs schools. The program will be run through the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Leadership and Learning Center for about 30 months. The contract is funded by part of the state’s $119 million Race to the Top grant, according to Delaware Online.

College freshmen in Ohio who are not ready for college-level work: 40 percent
Education Week reports the nearly 40 percent of will take most of their remedial courses at community colleges under a statewide plan that dramatically changes how four-year schools provide instruction to those needing extra help. The changes come as colleges and universities across the state convert to a semester calendar, in part to ease the transfer of credits between schools.

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