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School breakfasts move from cafeteria to classroom
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In an effort to increase participation in school breakfast programs and nurture academic success, a new initiative is moving meals from the cafeteria to an educational environment students know best: The classroom. Four organizations collectively known as Partners For Breakfast in the Classroom recently launched a $3 million initiative funded by Walmart Foundation of Bentonville, Ark., that deviates from traditional school breakfast programs that often require students to arrive to school early, before the first class of the day begins. More

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Sweeping study weighs school districts' 'educational productivity'
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A report from a progressive think tank measuring the “educational productivity” of more than 9,000 school districts around the country shows that districts getting the most for their money tend to spend more on teachers and less on administration, partner with their communities to save money, and have school boards willing to make potentially unpopular decisions, like closing underenrolled schools. The study, from the Washington-based Center for American Progress, attempts to measure district productivity nationwide, according to its authors. Almost every K-12 school district in the country with more than 250 students was included, and the information has been included in a website that allows users to compare districts within states. More



Preschool education: Talking is teaching
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A phenomenon of our age is the degree to which some middle-class parents have become increasingly frantic about getting their offspring off to a strong start in the intense world of learning. Once the province of higher education — Can Johnny get into Princeton? At how young an age should we have him registered for admission and start making those donations? — this anxiety has filtered down now through the prep-school world to the preschool world. In many large metropolitan areas in the United States, some parents are pre-registering their children before birth at highly competitive preschools. More

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Study: Young kids better with tech than 'life skills'
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A survey of online mothers found that more small children can play a computer game than ride a bike. The Digital Diaries study from Internet security firm AVG said that 58 percent of children aged two to five know how to play a "basic computer game" compared with 52 percent who know how to ride a bike. Sixty-three percent can turn a computer on and off, and 69 percent can use a mouse. By contrast, only 20 percent can "swim unaided," 11 percent can tie their shoelaces without help, and 20 percent know how to make an emergency phone call. More

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Schools tested by budget cuts learn new strategies
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The size of classes in schools around the country is growing. Half the districts responding to a recent poll say they are increasing class size because of budget pressures. Many school officials fear this will hurt students. But some education reformers say there are ways to boost class size and save money at the same time. More

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Too cold for recess? School policies vary as much as temperature
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When is it too cold for schoolchildren to go outside for recess? The answer varies widely based on where a school is located and what the kids are used to. Canceling recess because of the cold is no small issue given that much of the USA is shivering through what may be its coldest winter in a generation, according to AccuWeather. There is no national temperature standard for when to keep kids inside during the winter months, the U.S. Department of Education says. Decisions are made at the local level, either by principals or school districts. More



GOP spending cuts would affect millions of people
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Low-income students may get smaller grants and the newly disabled might have to wait longer for their benefits. And just about every politician is going to get an earful from the local PTA if school aid gets whacked. Republicans are finding it's one thing to issue a blanket promise to cut spending, an entirely different matter when you actually take the scissors to $1 of every $6 spent by agencies like the IRS, the FBI, NASA and the National Park Service. More

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Special education costs seen as costly service
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Educating students with disabilities — a federally mandated responsibility — is seen as one of the costliest services school districts must provide, and one of the last that can be cut. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provides a set of protections for 6.6 million students — about 13 percent of total student enrollment — who have dyslexia, autism, intellectual disabilities, blindness, or other impairments that affect educational performance. Those students are entitled to a "free, appropriate public education" in the least-restrictive environment that meets their needs. More



Iowa House votes to cut $60 million in preschool funding
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The Iowa House has approved a plan to cut spending by $500 million over three years. The package includes cutting $60 million in funding for preschool programs in the state. The move came just hours after lawmakers were warned that cutting back on early childhood education was a fiscal mistake. More

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San Francisco middle school students may have longer days
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A longer school day might be in the future for middle school students. The possibility of going from six to seven periods each school day was raised at a Board of Education meeting in San Francisco. The topic came up during a discussion of San Francisco Unified School District's new school-assignment process. Adding an extra period would mean sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders would be in class nearly an hour longer each day. More

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North Carolina schools open parent academy
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It's time for parents to go to school in North Carolina. Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green announced the opening of a free Parent Academy this year to help parents support their children by connecting them with educational organizations and nonprofits. The academy is part Green's strategic plan, which he updated during a State of Our Schools event at Carolina Theater in Greensboro. The academy is aimed at helping parents become full partners in the education of their children so they can seek higher achievement with them. More



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2011 NAESP Annual Convention & Exposition — It's a bargain!
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You'd have to pay a lot and attend several other events to hear all these featured speakers — and they're all names you know and trust: Robert Marzano, Douglas Reeves, Todd Whitaker, Anthony Muhammad, Charlotte Danielson, Alan November, Eric Brown, Michael Chirichello, and many others. Our 2011 Convention is focused on key topics and is mostly on the weekend, and it's inspirational, informational, and interactive. More

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