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Straight A’s: Highlights New Public Opinion Poll, Common Standards Progress, and State of the State Addresses

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January 26, 2011 08:33 pm

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Here’s a quick summary of the articles in the January 24 issue of Straight A’s, the Alliance’s biweekly newsletter.

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EDUCATION AMONG AMERICANS’ TOP PRIORITIES FOR 2011: Education Ranks Fourth, Ahead of Reducing the Budget Deficit, According to New PEW Poll: During a time when politicians in Washington, DC are heavily focused on reducing the federal budget deficit, a new poll from the PEW Research Center for the People & the Press finds that the American public would rather see politicians act to improve the economy and the job situation, defend against terrorism, and improve education.

STATES’ PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTING COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: New Report Reveals States’ Progress and Plans for Implementing the Common Core: Forty-three states and the District of Columbia have adopted common core state standards in English language arts and mathematics. In an effort to learn states’ progress and plans for implementing the common core state standards, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) surveyed state deputy superintendents of education or their designees and compiled their responses in a new report, States’ Progress and Challenges in Implementing Common Core State Standards.

2011 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESSES: Governors Recognize the Importance of Investments in Education: Despite tough budget times, many governors have prioritized K–12 education in their state of the state addresses. Specifically, several governors focused on linking teacher tenure to student performance; the importance of digital learning; and highlighting the link between education and the economy.

Alaska: Parnell Addressees Progress in Improving Rural and Higher Education

Idaho: Otter Proposes Targeted College- and Career-Ready Investments

Arkansas: Bebee Increases Per-Student Spending

Indiana: Daniels Calls for More Parent Choice

Delaware: Markell Focuses on Helping Students Compete in a Global Economy

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