The Best of Our Knowledge
12:57 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

The Best of Our Knowledge # 1006

Albany, NY – BILLBOARD & OPENING EDUCATION HEADLINES -

This is our annual year in review wrap up of education news.

2009 was a year in education that witnessed a change in administrations, and therefore, an overhaul in education leadership for the United States. Whether these new efforts have an impact, remains for future history books.

The topics TBOOK reported on during the year, focused on science and math and STEM education through our National Science Foundation, and Astrobiology grant projects. We also devoted considerable air time to literacy issues. And we tried to get organizations outside of government to react to problems and trends in education during 2009.

That's why this past summer, we spoke with the president of the country's largest teachers union, the NEA, about critical education issues facing parents, teachers, and administrators.

Of course on that list is the dropout crisis. Every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school in the U.S. These figures come from a study called "Cities in Crisis 2009." We speak with the president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance.

Glenn Busby (1:30)

NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION FINDS COMMON GOALS ON EDUCATION REFORM ISSUES WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATION -

The jobs created or saved controversy reached the education world towards the end of 2009. Members of the Obama administration appeared before a congressional panel which was trying to verify and justify how many jobs have been created or saved.

A Deputy Secretary of Education testified before the house committee that federal stimulus dollars have created hundreds of thousands of jobs. But GOP lawmakers went so far as to call those numbers "propaganda" and specifically questioned the claim of 300-thousand education jobs created or saved.

Earlier this summer, I addressed that very issue of how many teaching jobs were saved with NEA President, Dennis Van Roekel. In our wide-ranging exclusive interview, we also talked about performance-based pay and low-performing schools.

Glenn Busby reports. (11:31)

*(For additional information on the preceding, the websites mentioned at the conclusion of the above story are: www.nea.org and www.ed.gov )*

"CITIES IN CRISIS: CLOSING THE GRADUATION GAP" -

Nationwide in the U.S., nearly one in three high school students fails to graduate.
That's more than 1-million students dropping out each year. Among minority
students, the problem is even more pronounced. Nearly 50% of African American
and Hispanic students do not complete high school on time.

"Cities in Crisis 2009: Closing the Graduation Gap", was commissioned by
America's Promise Alliance from the Editorial Projects in Education Research
Center. The study shows that despite some progress made by a few cities over
the past ten years, the average graduation rate of the 50 largest cities is well
below the national average of 71%. And there remains a huge 18 point urban-
suburban gap.

TBOOK speaks with Marguerite Kondracke, President and CEO of America's
Promise Alliance.

Glenn Busby reports. (8:29)

*(For additional information on the preceding, the website mentioned at the conclusion of the above story is: www.americaspromise.org )*

 

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