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As Nation's Schools Open, Obama Hails Black Colleges
from Los Angeles Times
As millions of Americans, wearing new shoes and carrying undoodled notebooks, shuffled back into classrooms across the country, President Obama released a special proclamatioN, saluting the country's historically black universities and colleges.
Innovation, Reform with Stimulus Dollars a Challenge
Using stimulus dollars for innovative reform while also trying to avoid layoffs seems more pipe dream than reality, according to a study released recently by the American Association of School Administrators.
Stimulus Funds Are Schools' Stopgap
from The Washington Post
The largest-ever infusion of federal cash is flowing into public school classrooms this year in the form of new programs and thousands of restored jobs. The stimulus package -- $100 billion over two years -- comes with similarly sized expectations. The Obama administration is hoping the historic investment will spur reform, boost student achievement, help close achievement gaps and turn around struggling schools.
Testing ELLs, Special Education Students on the NAEP: Feds Seek Public Input
ETS Says New Assessment Tool Should Boost Minority Enrollment in Graduate Schools
from Education Week
The National Assessment of Educational Progress bills itself as "the nation's report card"—and in fact, it serves as the country's only continuing, nationally representative test of what students know in different subjects. Yet for years, officials who run the test have struggled with a difficult issue: How to set consistent policies for the testing of English language learners and students with disabilities.
from Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A new product launched by the Educational Testing Service in July will help increase graduate school minority enrollment, according to officials.
Raise E-Rate Cap, Panel Tells FCC
from Network World
A panel of educators and experts told the Federal Communications Commission today that its E-Rate program will need a lot more money to succeed in hooking more schools up with broadband connections.
Archdiocese of Washington Selects SchoolReach Automated Parental Notification for Its Schools
from Business Wire
As part of its commitment to enhance collaborative communication between school administrators and parents, the Archdiocese of Washington has elected to equip all 61 of its elementary schools with the automated telephone and Internet-based parental notification system developed by SchoolReach. Used by over 4,200 schools in 49 states, SchoolReach is the industry's fasted growing provider of comprehensive emergency notification and general school-to-home communications solutions to public and private schools.
When Loudoun Virginia Schools Closed the Book on the Past
from The Washington Post
The opening of Loudoun's public schools Sept. 8 in Virginia will mark the 40th anniversary of the beginning of modern education in the county. When Superintendent Robert Evans Butt opened the schools in September 1969, he quietly but forcefully ushered in a new era.
African-American Studies Must Go Beyond Slavery, Critics Tell a Florida School District
from Palm Beach Post
Black elected officials, students and community leaders are asking the Palm Beach County school district in Florida to commit to teaching the full African-American history. Nearly 40 people spoke at a recent school board meeting, some asking the district to move beyond the stale biographies rolled out for Black History Month and the study of the civil rights movement.