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E-learning could be future of education
The State Board of Education has "significant interest" in electronic learning. A new bill could let schools teach kids online with a pilot program. If all goes well, it could be a new way for districts to deal with snow days. The program could eventually replace them.
Mark Reynolds says he enjoys spending snow days at home with his daughters, but admits those days could be more productive.
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Should schools schedule more field trips for students?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
As rising debates about changes in education policies and methods rage all over the country, more school districts are exploring their field trip calendars to incorporate interactive and innovative learning programs. The latest to join the bandwagon is California with its "Local Control Funding Formula," which allows district leaders to collaborate with parents, teachers and students. Other states would do well to follow these new funding rules and initiate this kind of positive enthusiasm.
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Schools' dilemma: How to prevent inappropriate behavior
The Newark Advocate
School officials from around Licking County recently met to discuss how best to prevent inappropriate interactions between staff and students.
Newark City Schools Superintendent Doug Ute organized the discussion with Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt and attorney Dane Gaschen.
"We're just trying to be a little more proactive in our approach," Ute said.
Who's responsible for the Chicago teachers' pension fund?
In response to the Illinois Supreme Court decision that the 2013 pension changes made for current workers in state plans were unconstitutional, all the major rating agencies cut Chicago's bond ratings. Interestingly, most of the press accounts described Chicago as sponsoring four retirement plans — Municipal Employees Fund, Laborers Fund, Policemen's Fund and Fireman's Fund. Few articles mentioned the plans sponsored by "sister agencies," the largest of which is the Chicago Board of Education. The Teacher's plan is large and has an unfunded liability of almost $10 billion.
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College 2.0: A new age of learning
By Brian Stack
For 100 years or more, America's greatest institutions of higher learning have relied on a tried-and-true recipe for success: Hire the greatest minds in our society as professors and charge students a fee to be able to learn from the lectures and stories those great minds would tell in their classrooms. Higher education today is facing a brutal reality that could threaten the very fabric of the system in much the same way that the music industry had to find a way to reinvent itself.
To get more college-ready students, drop the GED
The Chronicle of Higher Education
I teach in, and coordinate, a General Educational Development program at a community college just south of Chicago. Every week I say hello to a student I had in a class and who has been taking classes with us for the past year and a half. This student knows exactly what he wants to do: get his commercial driving license and find employment driving trucks. He's hard-working, smart, punctual and respectful. He'd have no trouble getting through the program. There is only one thing standing in his way: the GED exam.
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Teen bullying accounts for large share of adult depression
Teenagers who are bullied by their peers are at high risk of developing clinical depression as young adults, new research suggests.
Survey: Student success calls for more than academic skills
A majority of educators responding to an Education Week Research Center poll said social-emotional learning is an effective way to improve student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and improve school climate. But there are some telling gaps in perception between teachers and administrators.
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