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State education funding lags behind pre-recession levels
U.S. News & World Report
Despite incremental increases in state support for K-12 education, funding levels still trail those before the Great Recession in 2007, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Overall, 30 of the 47 states analyzed are providing less per-pupil funding for K-12 schools this school year than they did before the recession. In 14 of the states, funding has been cut by more than 10 percent, the report says. In addition to the slow recovery of funding, at least 20 states cut their support for K-12 education compared to last year, the report found.
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As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests
The Christian Science Monitor
As the outcry against the overtesting of American children has grown, state and local education leaders — in a move endorsed by President Barack Obama — have announced a new focus on dialing back the volume of standardized testing and dialing up the quality.
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Push to limit federal test mandates gains steam
Education Week
For more than a decade, teachers, administrators, students and even parents have criticized the No Child Left Behind Act — and, now, the Obama administration's waivers under that law — for giving too much weight to standardized testing and forcing students to take too many exams. That critique hasn't gotten very far in Washington. But there are signs that the movement to limit the number of federally mandated tests students take may be gaining momentum — and it could pick up more steam as the Obama administration draws to a close and the 2016 presidential election begins in earnest.
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Collaborating with students: Invite them to the IEP process
By: Pamela Hill
In the typical special education scenario, the special education team sets the goals for the student receiving an Individual Education Plan. However, at the age of 14 the student reaches the age of transition and begins to collaborate with the special education team to plan goals for his future. The law intends that students can be involved with any transition decisions before age 14, which may include discussion of student goals and accommodations needed to be successful in school. But it is rare that a student attend his own IEP meeting before age 14.
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Ensuring early reading literacy
District Administration Magazine
A reading interventionist might be a district’s best friend. Lake Orion Community Schools in Michigan broke new ground two years ago with its Kindergarten Reading Early Intervention Program. The unique initiative pairs full-time reading interventionists with teachers in Lake Orion's 24 kindergarten classrooms to boost the early literacy of the district's youngest students. "Our educators are encouraged to think outside of the box to enhance student achievement," Superintendent Marion Ginopolis says.
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Learning from live theater
Education Next
As schools narrow their focus on improving performance on math and reading standardized tests, they have greater difficulty justifying taking students out of the classroom for experiences that are not related to improving those test scores. Schools are either attending fewer field trips or shifting toward field trips to places they know students already enjoy. When testing is over, schools are often inclined to take students on "reward" field trips to places like amusement parks, bowling alleys, and movie theaters.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Is e-reading to your toddler story time, or simply screen time? (The New York Times)
Children with dyslexia can succeed in school (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
New research suggests repeating elementary school grades — even kindergarten — is harmful (The Hechinger Report)
How stress affects the brain during learning (Edudemic)
Dyslexia: When spelling matters (Reading Today Online)

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Kids get better grades when they share similarities with teachers
The Atlantic
The teacher-student relationship impacts every aspect of the educational experience. When students don't feel safe, respected, or truly known by their teacher, they are less likely to invest and engage in their education. Conversely, when teachers feel distanced from or distrusted by their students, it's nearly impossible to muster the enthusiasm to walk into the classroom each day, let alone instill motivation or investment in our students.
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Why teaching kindness in schools is essential to reduce bullying
Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. Perhaps this could be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism. It seems that we just can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions — and with good reason. Scientific studies prove that kindness has many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. And children need a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals.
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Which are the most educated cities in the US — and why?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
As education policies are being reviewed across the country, a recent survey shows us the most educated cities in the U.S. and their not-so-fortunate counterparts. It presents a clear picture of which states and schools districts have been more focused and whose efforts have paid off. The final picture depicts Ann Arbor, home of University of Michigan, to be the winner. The survey has acted as a wake-up call for many cities and school districts.
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