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National Association for Bilingual Education announces membership drive
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Membership drives are one of the most efficient ways for the National Association for Bilingual Education to raise support for our association and reinvigorate our educational community to become active participants. The NABE is promoting an incentive that will allow two members to join for the price of one in the following areas: individual membership; college university/student membership; paraprofessional membership; parent membership; and discounted membership for state affiliate members. The NABE is still offering lifetime membership at a reduced price through the dates indicated on the application. More

Study: Immigrants responsible for large share of US patents
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Foreign-born inventors are responsible for more than three-quarters of the patents that emerged from top American research universities last year, according to a new report. The Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan nonprofit group composed of hundreds of mayors and business leaders and co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, released the report as part of its effort to reform immigration policies. More

Obama administration approves 5 more states for NCLB Waivers
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The Obama administration approved five additional states for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. The states approved for waivers are Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia. The announcement brings the number of states with waivers to 24. Thirteen additional applications are still under review. More

Tight budgets stymie hiring of Latino school employees
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Half of the current student population in the Napa Valley Unified School District in California is Latino, but Latinos make up less than 10 percent of kindergarten to 12th-grade teachers. Since 2010-11, the district has stated that one of its goals is to increase diversity among its staff to better reflect the student population. But a poor economy and few job openings have made the process slow-going. More

San Francisco parents opt for language immersion for kids
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The paths that brought parents to the Korean immersion program at San Francisco's Claire Lilienthal elementary school are varied. If the paths were different, the motivation was singular – they recognize the importance of language and cultural diversity in today's world and they're determined to give their children the advantage of being bilingual and bicultural. More

'Digital badges' would represent students' skill acquisition
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For many adults, the thought of earning badges evokes childhood memories of sewing Boy Scout or Girl Scout patches onto sashes and vests. But some educators are hoping that the current generation of children will associate the word with something new: digital badges. In this vision, electronic images could be earned for a wide variety of reasons in multiple learning spaces, including after-school programs, summer workshops, K-12 classrooms, and universities. And once earned, the badges could follow students throughout their lifetimes, being displayed on websites or blogs and included in college applications and résumés. More

Miami-Dade schools bracing for new letter grades
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Florida will include Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores from many students who are still learning English in school grades. The new rule is expected to drag down many school grades in Miami-Dade, with its high immigrant population. More

Segregation fear sinks Tennessee charter school
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Nashville, Tenn., school officials have rejected a proposal to open a charter school in a middle-class part of the city, highlighting a broader national battle over efforts by operators of such publicly financed, privately run schools to expand into more affluent areas. The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools board voted 7-2 recently to reject an application by Great Hearts Academies, a nonprofit that operates prep-school-like charter schools, for five new establishments. The board denied the application because members worried that low-income parents wouldn't be able to easily transport their children across town to a school on the west side, meaning the plan could effectively cause "segregated schools," said Olivia Brown, spokeswoman for the district. More

Middle school girls want access to e-learning
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For years now, advocates of online learning have been pushing virtual education as an answer for students who want a more personalized, self-paced, and technology-based approach to their education. In other words, as a solution for middle school girls. That's perhaps the most surprising finding of a new report released recently by nonprofit educational research group Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2012 in San Diego, the 11th such report to be released as part of the yearly Speak Up survey that asks students, parents, teachers and administrators about their ed-tech habits, aspirations and attitudes. More

Workforce commissioner: Education testing system is broken
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Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken said that the state's current public education accountability system is "broken and badly in need of fixing." During testimony at a hearing of the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development on career and technology education, the former state GOP chairman expressed his disagreement with a coalition of business leaders and a conservative think tank that announced it would oppose any additional funding to public education if there were any rollback of existing accountability standards. More

Department of Education data shows career-training graduates struggle
to repay loans

The Plain Dealer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Students who completed career-training programs at almost 100 institutions across the country have so much difficulty repaying their student loans that the schools could be banned from offering federal financial aid, according to data released recently by the U.S. Department of Education. The federal agency has put those schools on notice for failing to meet any of the three benchmarks set by its Gainful Employment regulations. More

Educators debate when kids should start school
Dayton Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While most parents send their child to kindergarten when he or she is 5 years old, some people delay their child's entry to give them an academic, social or athletic advantage. About nine percent of U.S. kindergartners are purposefully held back, or academically redshirted, each year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. More

Nebraska Department of Education to track college readiness
The Associated Press via The Lincoln Journal Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nebraska's public high schools will receive more detailed information this school year about how well they've prepared students for college thanks to new state data, a top education official said. Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed told a legislative panel his agency expects to offer statewide "college readiness" reports this year. More


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