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Duncan, key senators sing off same page on ESEA renewal
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Three of the four members of the U.S. Senate's "Big 8" on education policy, along with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, told reporters that they intend to move quickly and collaboratively on a bill that fixes some of the key issues with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), whose current incarnation is the nine-year-old No Child Left Behind Act. All three lawmakers on the media call — Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the top Republican; and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing K-12 policy — said they want to see changes to the law's system for labeling schools. More


State of the Union mystery: What do Obama's Race to the Top plans mean?
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Education held a prominent place in President Obama's State of the Union address, as he called for a re-commitment to "investing in better research and education" to meet "our generation's Sputnik moment." Obama declared, "To win the future ... we also have to win the race to educate our kids." Obama's words deliberately echoed his administration's Race to the Top program, even as he sounded some familiar themes, including the responsibility of parents and communities, the need for higher expectations in schools, and the importance of excellent teachers. More

Students learn first-aid skills
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The students at Howard D Crull Elementary School in Port Huron, Mich., knew a good deal about responding to medical emergencies. This is the first year Port Huron Hospital has teamed up with the school's health and safety class. Learning about first aid is part of the fourth-grade curriculum. While many of the students already had the basics down class, the session gave them a chance to try out some of the techniques they've picked up. More

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US students falling short in science
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About two-thirds of U.S. fourth-graders failed to show proficiency in science in 2009, the federal government reported, meaning that the average student was likely to be stumped when asked to interpret a temperature graph or explain an example of heat transfer. Seventy percent of eighth-graders and 79 percent of 12th-graders also fell short of science proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a key measure of performance in a subject that President Obama and business leaders call crucial for American competitiveness. More

Michigan school promoting 'whole child'
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Battle Creek, Mich., educators are launching an all-front offensive on truancy, dropouts and the home-life distractions that can take away from students' success. This spring, the final pieces will fall into place for the Battle Creek Educators' Task Force's multi-pronged, far-reaching "whole child" initiative, a citywide focus on early childhood education, truancy, graduation rates, college readiness and healthy families. More


Education innovations: Challenges continue
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Massive federal education competitions like the $650 million Investing in Innovation fund have heightened interest in practical education research, but even the most promising findings to improve student learning face a long, uncertain path to become something more concrete and usable for the classroom. Unlike fields such as physics or genetics, education science historically has not benefited from a large cadre of engineering and implementation firms ready to test lab results in market context and launch successful programs quickly. To the contrary, experts say the education and business communities often have trouble pulling in the same direction. More

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South Dakota bill on principal evaluations goes forward
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A panel of South Dakota lawmakers supported a plan to require annual evaluations of school principals with standards set out by the state. The House Education Committee cleared a bill that would direct the state Board of Education to issue minimum guidelines for evaluating principals. The bill comes after a successful push last year to institute mandatory evaluations for teachers. More

To 'win the future,' kids and schools must survive the present
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Education reform is about to return to the headlines, if not the floor of Congress, if President Obama's State of the Union is any indication. Obama built his feel-good speech around the uncontroversial theme of "winning the future" and nestled every major policy issue within this rhetorical frame. He put particular emphasis on education as the path to that victorious future. More


Chicago passes free breakfast program for all students
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Chicago's school board adopted a sweeping new program to offer free breakfasts in the classrooms of Chicago Public Schools' 410,000 students, expanding a federally funded initiative aimed at giving kids from low-income families a healthier start to their day. More

Schools take steps to reduce allergic reaction to food
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Even as schools across Illinois put the finishing touches on new state-mandated food allergy policies, some health care advocates question whether they go far enough to keep children safe. The debate is especially strong in Chicago, where the death of a seventh-grader who suffered an allergic reaction reportedly to food served at a classroom party prompted public schools officials to re-examine their proposed policy even before it was adopted. More

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Stirring it up in Massachusetts
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Let's Move! — Michelle Obama's healthy eating campaign — includes an initiative to have chefs volunteer in school cafeterias. Massachusetts is looking to entice more cooks into school kitchens, too. The school nutrition bill signed into law directed the state Department of Education to evaluate Project Bread's Chefs in Schools program, and consider expanding it to other school districts. More

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North Carolina middle school considers ending athletics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In North Carolina, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will consider eliminating middle school athletics for the 2011-12 school year to generate savings that will help save the high school athletics program. That news came out of a meeting where the board examined a proposed $100 million worth of cuts to help the school system cope with state and federal funding gaps. More

NAESP Federal Relations Conference 2011
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On Tuesday, Feb. 1, dozens of principals will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators to discuss ways to improve the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), sometimes referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act. These principals, part of NAESP's Federal Relations Conference, will address issues that affect schools and principals every day, including access to quality professional development; the importance of formula funding of certain federal programs; student assessment and data; and, principal evaluation. You can support your colleagues in their efforts on Capitol Hill by sending your federal legislators an e-mail through NAESP's Legislative Action Center. More

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Register by Feb. 28 for the 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition in Tampa, Fla., April 7-10, and save $60. This is your opportunity to be part of the largest gathering of today's top experts in elementary and middle-level education. You can register on-line or by mail. More

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announces public review period for Literacy
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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announces its public review period for Literacy: Reading-Language Arts Standards for early and middle childhood teachers.

NBPTS Standards reflect the Five Core Propositions that are the foundation of National Board Certification; identify specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support accomplished practice, while emphasizing the holistic nature of teaching; illustrate how a teacher's professional judgment is reflected in action; and describe how the standards come to life in different settings.



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