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Feb. 18, 2010
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38th Annual Conference

November 17-21
Fort Worth, Texas


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  • Over 300 Exhibitors and Vendors
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  • Plenary Sessions Led by Nationally Known Education Leaders
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Obama's Second Budget Sits Better with Leaders at Historically Black Colleges
from The Bradenton
The leaders of the nation's historically black colleges and universities breathed a sigh of relief when they learned that President Barack Obama's fiscal 2011 budget includes a $30 million funding increase for their financially struggling schools. More
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Incomplete Measures
from The School Administrator
Large-scale test scores are the most visible representation of what happens in schools in this country. The prevailing notion is that they will tell us most of what we need to know about a school, including the quality of instruction and the effectiveness of the teaching and administrative staff. More
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Separate but Equal?
from Public School Insights
Early this month, UCLA's Civil Rights Project released a report (PDF) calling the charter school movement "a civil rights failure" for worsening segregation in U.S. schools. Charter supporters shot back, calling it perverse to fault charter schools in poor areas for enrolling mostly students of color who were hardly thriving before the advent of charters. One wise observer struck a more moderate pose, calling on all sides to "make racially isolated schools better, and do lots more to reduce that racial isolation in the first place." More
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The Balanced Scorecard
from The School Administrator
Ten years ago, the Atlanta Public Schools had low and declining student achievement, demoralized teachers, and high turnover among superintendents. The system was failing its students and stakeholders. Fast forward 10 years, and Atlanta has reversed its dismal numbers. The difference was not caused by a major infusion of new money, the standard remedy many offer to cure a sick and underperforming school system. Atlanta still has limited resources, constrained operations and multiple, often conflicting, constituencies. The positive developments were brought about by a shift in the district’s leadership and management. More
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Scholars Identify Five Keys to Urban School Success
from Education Week
Getting all students, and particularly the neediest students, into the kind of schools that their more privileged peers attend is a great goal. And it's one that's difficult to oppose. Who, after all, is going to take a stand against an aim like "excellence for all?" Consider how preposterous the linguistic alternatives sound: Excellence for some? Mediocrity for all? Hardly a rallying cry. This runs contrary to the aims of the dominant players in modern school reform, who, whether they are in government, school districts, or philanthropic organizations, routinely employ the phrase "excellence for all" in justifying their expenditures. More
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What Can Schools Learn from Business?
from American School
If school boards want to improve their schools, then all they need to do is to model the business practices of Corporate America. Highlight customer service with the intensity of Disney. Recruit and train staff with the efficiency of Microsoft. Set strategic goals -- and follow up on them -- with the data-driven fanaticism of Wal-Mart. More
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Concerns Raised About Impact of Stimulus on Equity
from Education Week
While the nearly $100 billion in federal economic-stimulus aid set aside for education has challenged school districts to turn one-time money into long-term reform, this historic influx of funding has also set the stage for long-term—and not necessarily positive—consequences. More
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Federal Money for Infrastructure Is Available
from School Board News
Congress through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided new funding mechanisms for capital improvement programs in school districts across the country. Nearly $25 billion has been allocated through bonds that schools can use to acquire land, build new schools, repair and renovate existing schools, and even pay for software and staff training. More
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