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FLOTUS to Speak at Two College Graduations

First Lady Michelle Obama will be serving as the commencement speaker for at least three college graduations this spring. However, she will not be straying far from the White House! The lucky schools are North Carolina A&T, Virginia Tech and Oregon State University.

She’ll head to neighboring Virginia on May 11th , where she will be speaking at Virginia Tech. The First Lady chose Virginia Tech due to their resilience following the awful tragedy on their campus in 2007. The next day she’ll head to historically black college North Carolina A&T. She chose A&T because the school has “been instrumental in educating generations of African-Americans.”

Finally, on June 17th, she’ll head to Oregon State University where her brother coaches the Men’s Basketball Team. The school has been recognized for their ongoing efforts to champion healthy eating. As many know this has been the main cause for First Lady Obama in her first term.

Georgia Drops College Ban From Immigration Bill

State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville has chosen to drop a provision from his immigration bill that would have barred undocumented immigrants from attending state colleges in Georgia. Sen. Loudermilk was unable to get the bill to the floor of the house with that language and as a result he has dropped this provision from the bill.

“There’s other provisions in there that we really need to streamline the process of identification and also security,” Loudermilk stated. “Instead of just jeopardizing all this when we didn’t have the support for the education part, I told them to pull that off if we need to and move forward with the rest of it.”

Final Four This Weekend

The Men’s NCAA Basketball tournament will come to a close this weekend as the Final Four arrives in New Orleans. The lucky schools who have made it this far all happen to be from the Midwest! This “all Midwest” Final Four features University of Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio State and Louisville. The semifinals will take place on Saturday, March 31 with the finals on Monday.

In a matchup of high profile coaches, John Calipari’s Kentucky will face off against Rick Pitino’s Louisville. Tip off for that game is at 6:09. Following the conclusion of the Kentucky/Louisville matchup, Ohio State and Kansas will square off in what is certain to be a great game. Tip off for that game is scheduled for 8:49pm.

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17 Best Public High Schools

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We’re used to seeing rankings from U.S. News & World Reportbut they’re usually all about colleges.  Today, we’re sharing with you U.S News’s list of America’s top American high schools! These are the country’s top-performing public high schools that serve both high and low achieving students in developing basic proficiency as well as college-level readiness.

The rankings were created from a three-step process. First, they determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state by looking at reading and math results for all students on each state’s high school test.

Second, they looked at whether the school’s least-advantaged students were performing better than average for similar students in the state.

This third step measured which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students by computing a “college readiness index” based on the school’s AP or IB participation rate and how well the students did on those tests.

Check out the 17 best Gold Medal public high schools:

1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA
100.0 College Readiness Index
3.95 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index (a measure of the distance from statistically-expected performance using a relationship between poverty and a state performance index)
16.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap (difference between the school’s disadvantaged students’ proficiency rate and the state average for similarly disadvantaged students)

2. International Academy
Bloomfield Hills, MI
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.52 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

3. Whitney High School
Cerritos, CA
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.40 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
49.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

4. Oxford Academy
Cypress, CA
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.56 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
49.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

5. The School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG Magnet)
Dallas, TX
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.88 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
27.8 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

6. Newcomers High School
Long Island City, NY
100.0 College Readiness Index
1.60 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
22.0 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

7. Pacific Collegiate School
Santa Cruz, CA
100.0 College Readiness Index
1.61 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

8. The School of Science and Engineering Magnet (SEM)
Dallas, TX
100.0 College Readiness Index
3.64 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
31.9 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

9. BASIS Tucson
Tucson, AZ
100.0 College Readiness Index
1.95 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

10. International School
Bellevue, WA
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.11 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

11. High Technology High School
Lincroft, NJ
98.9 College Readiness Index
1.00 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

12. Academic Magnet High School
North Charleston, SC
98.2 College Readiness Index
2.80 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
46.9 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

13. IDEA Academy & College Preparatory
Donna, TX
97.7 College Readiness Index
2.97 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
24.5 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

14. Pine View School
Osprey, FL
96.8 College Readiness Index
3.06 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

15. Design and Architecture Senior High School
Miami, FL
96.7 College Readiness Index
2.56 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
47.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

16. KIPP Houston High School
Houston, TX
95.7 College Readiness Index
3.81 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
30.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

17. Stanton College Preparatory School
Jacksonville, FL
95.6 College Readiness Index
2.51 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
48.1 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

High school students don’t generally have a say in where they go to high school, but it’s still interesting to see the rankings. You DO, however, have a choice of where you can go to college. Find your match on Cappex!

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Friday College Town Hall

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In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college or education, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question comes from the National Association of Colleges Admissions Counseling:

During the Fall 2008 admission cycle, the average number of college admission offers revoked by colleges was 10. The most common reason that colleges rescinded admission offers was final grades.


While “Senioritis” is often thought of a common and even humorous condition, do these numbers change your opinion on that matte? What do high school seniors need to realize about their second semester?



Have a thought or an answer? Leave a reply below.

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