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Education Reporter
NUMBER 310 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 2011

Education Briefs 
Just more than a third of 4th- and 8th-grade students are proficient in reading, based on the results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the nation's report card. Math results were slightly better, with 40% of 4th-graders and 35% of 8th-graders achieving a score of proficient on the exam. (Associated Press, 11-1-11)

Community college dropouts cost federal, state and local taxpayers nearly $4 billion over a five-year period, according to a study by the American Institutes for Research. The study looked only at first-year, first-time, credential-seeking students; the cost of dropouts is even higher if part-time students and other sources of government funding are included. The amount of taxpayer money wasted on students who don't graduate increased by 35% over the five-year period from 2004 to 2009, according to the report. (www.air.org, 10-20-11)

The Portland, Oregon school board unanimously adopted a measure that will allow anti-war activists to staff recruiting tables right alongside military recruiters in high schools. Lt. Col. Cary Miller, head of Oregon Army National Guard recruiting, said the military has so little access to Portland high school students that concerns about over-the-top recruiting tactics are unfounded. He said his recruiters have been forced to reach teens indirectly by sponsoring basketball tournaments and staffing booths at local festivals. (www.OregonLive.com, 10-23-11)

Public school teachers receive 52% more compensation than their skills would garner in the private sector, according to a report from the American Enterprise Institute. Jason Richwine, study co-author and senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said other studies that claim teachers are underpaid compared to workers with equivalent education don't take into account the lower average SAT and GRE scores of teachers or the fact that the education major itself is less rigorous than other degrees. (www.EdWeek.org, 11-2-11)
November 2011 Education Reporter
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