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April 06, 2011 06:19 pm

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Here’s a quick summary of the articles in the April 5 issue of Straight A’s, the Alliance’s biweekly newsletter.

Click on a title below to access the complete article or download a printer-friendly version of the entire newsletter here.

FY 2011 SPENDING DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE: Pressure Mounts as April 8 Deadline Approaches and Possibility of Government Shutdown Increases: The possibility of a government shutdown is becoming more likely after negotiations between House Republicans and Senate Democrats appeared to break down on a spending bill that would fund the government through the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, which ends on September 30.

U.S. Department of Education to Hold Webinar Detailing Grant Process for Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program: On Friday, April 8, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET), the U.S. Department of Education will conduct a webinar to provide information about the release of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) application for new grants. The webinar will provide applicants and other interested participants with a general overview of the SRCL program’s purposes and priorities, selection criteria, and the application process. The webinar will include time for participants to ask questions.

CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS: Throughout April, Alliance to Release Data Demonstrating How Improvements in High School Graduation Rates Can Boost Local Economies: To better understand the various economic benefits that a particular community could expect if it were to reduce its number of high school dropouts, the Alliance for Excellent Education, with generous support from State Farm®, analyzed the local economies of more than 220 U.S. cities and their surrounding areas. Using a sophisticated economic model developed by Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., an Idaho-based economics firm specializing in socioeconomic impact tools, the Alliance calculated economic projections tailored to these areas.

BUILDING A GRAD NATION: New Report Finds a 6.4 Percent Decrease in the Number of “Dropout Factories”: Between 2008 and 2009, the number of high schools graduating less than 60 percent of their students decreased by 112 schools, or 6.4 percent, according to updated data released on March 22. These high schools, which are sometimes referred to as “dropout factories,” totaled 1,634 in 2009, down from a high of 2,007 in 2002.

METLIFE SURVEY OF THE AMERICAN TEACHER: Released in Two Parts, Annual Survey of Teachers, Students, Parents, and Business Executives Focuses on College and Career Readiness, Needs of Diverse Learners: Released in two parts last month, the 2011 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Preparing Students for College and Careers offers perspectives on the college- and career-readiness goal from middle and high school teachers, students and parents, and business executives from Fortune 1000 companies as a voice of employers. The survey is the twenty-seventh in an annual series commissioned by MetLife and conducted by Harris Interactive.

UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: Early College High Schools Show Potential for Increasing Minority Student College Participation: Early college high schools have potential for increasing college participation among student groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education, according to a new report from Jobs for the Future (JFF). The study finds that even though these schools largely serve low-income and minority students, 73 percent of the graduates enroll in college immediately after graduation compared to 69 percent of all high school students.

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