Afternoon Announcements: June 15, 2012
Happy Friday and welcome to your afternoon announcements! It’s a beautiful day here in Washington, and we hope wherever you are it’s equally nice. We’ll keep Announcements short and sweet today so you can get your week wrapped up right!
First, some sobering news out of Reading, Pennsylvania from The Huffington Post, which is statistically one of America’s poorest cities. A low tax base and state education funding cuts have made it impossible for Reading to rehire positions left vacant by retirees and have also forced the district to issue pink slips and cut programs. Unfortunately, stories like this are prevalent across the country right now as state and local governments struggle to find ways to fund public education.
The Wall Street Journal notes that it isn’t just K12 systems that are struggling to make ends meet. The article notes that, “a panel of business and academic leaders warned funding cuts to higher education are hurting the global competitiveness of U.S. research universities” and called it “the latest sign of financial strain that is intensifying battles over school leadership and has led to several high-profile departures of university presidents.”
NPR brings us some testimonials from teachers who discuss why they think their students drop out. Educators from Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. are interviewed.
Finally, The Washington Post reports that 59 schools in the District of Columbia have won “What’s Possible” grants established by DC Chancellor of Schools Kaya Henderson. These schools will use the grants to experiment with extended days, technology, and other initiatives to spur academic achievement.
That’s it from us for today in terms of Announcements. Stay tuned for the Report Round-Up and have a great weekend!