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Official: 10 states to get education waiver
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President Barack Obama will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned. The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP. More

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Study: Depressed kids may be targets for bullying
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Children with depression are at increased risk for bullying, the results of a new study suggest. The finding challenges the widely held belief that bullying leads to psychological problems such as depression, according to the Arizona State University researchers. "Often the assumption is that problematic peer relationships drive depression. We found that depression symptoms predicted negative peer relationships," Karen Kochel, an assistant research professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics, said in a university news release. More



Study: Parents, teachers favor formative over summative tests
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A new survey finds that parents, teachers, and school district administrators find far more value in formative and interim tests than they do in summative assessments. The main themes, from all three groups surveyed, are pretty straightforward: tests are valuable to us when they let us know how well students are learning and what kinds of help they need and when they let us know that stuff quickly. And it's formative and interim tests — not so much the year-end summative tests — that do this best, the survey respondents said. More

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As digital tools abound, help kids self-regulate
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With tablets, laptops, apps and online games, there's great promise in technology to inspire and excite students to learn with digital tools. It's easy to find examples of kids using technology to learn all kinds of things, from learning how to program to using Wii to learn about physics, to learning Latin with an online game. But using technology in and of itself is not a silver bullet for motivating children to love learning and doesn't guarantee they'll use it for creative and innovative scholarship. A student's initiative, self-efficacy and ability to set goals are essential. More

How computer games help children learn
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As schools aim to prepare students for life outside of school, they need to realize that the world now values knowledge and skills that can be applied in creative ways. Epistemic computer games fit the learning requirements of today's world. Epistemic games are computer games that are essentially about learning to think in innovative ways. They're designed to be pedagogical tools for the digital age where the player learns to think like a professional by playing a simulated game of such jobs as management, engineering, journalism or urban planning. More

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The importance of the 4th R — Relationships
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School violence literature has numerous examples of shootings that could have been prevented if students who knew about violent plans had shared that information with adults. But recent surveys have found that as much as 75 percent of bullying incidents at school are not brought to the attention of adults. So why don't students tell school staff? More

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School vending machines still offer too many sugary snacks
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About half of elementary school students still have access to sugary snacks and other unhealthy options in school vending machines, according to a new study. To combat rising childhood obesity rates, the Institute of Medicine recommended in 2007 that school meal programs be the primary source of nutrition in schools and called for limiting access to competitive foods in vending machines and other venues. Despite these guidelines, researchers found that access to competitive foods did not change much in public or private elementary schools from 2006 to 2010. More

Lesson from Norway: More years in school means a higher IQ
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The relationship between education and IQ is difficult to pin down, but new research shows an additional year of school is equal to 3.7 points. More

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Elementary teacher turns cancer battle into both a lesson and a cause
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A Larkspur Elementary School teacher has turned her battle with cancer into a learning experience for kids. Third-grade teacher Pam Pottorff was diagnosed with breast cancer in September and had surgery and radiation. In celebration of completing her final radiation treatment, she led an assembly at the school and organized a fundraising event. More

Settling school disputes before they escalate
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At Charles Maclay Middle School in Pacoima, Calif., a program funded by the Center for Civic Mediation teaches students how to resolve conflict and learn to coexist peacefully among their classmates. More



Obama to announce $100 million plan to train new educators
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President Barack Obama will use the backdrop of a White House science fair to highlight a nationwide shortage of math and science teachers and unveil a plan to invest $100 million to help train 100,000 new educators over the next decade. Under his proposal, Obama will ask Congress for $80 million to support new Department of Education grants for colleges that provide innovative teacher-training programs. The president also is set to announce a $22 million commitment from private companies that will support the effort, according to White House officials. More

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Kline ESEA bills would squelch the federal role in K-12
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The federal role in K-12 education would be almost entirely eviscerated under a pair of bills introduced today by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The bills would get rid of the Adequate Yearly Progress provision, and allow states to craft their own accountability systems. Schools would be able to come up with their own improvement strategies. They wouldn't have to offer free tutoring or school choice. But schools would still test students in reading and math in third- through eighth-grade and once in high school. Testing in science would become voluntary though. More

Waivers not enough, US states want new schools law
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Policymakers across the United States are pushing Congress to pass a new education plan, saying current law and recent measures undertaken by President Barack Obama will not work in the long-term. In a letter to members of both chambers, the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments and the National Association of Counties ask for Congress's "leadership and urgency to fix and reform" national education policy. More

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Budget cheat sheet: What to watch
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President Barack Obama is expected to release his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. Obama already has said he'll be seeking $1 billion for a version of his Race to the Top franchise, this time for higher education. He wants to double funding for college work-study programs, and to get $53 million for a "First in the World" fund to help colleges scale up promising practices. And he wants $80 million for a new science and math teacher initiative. There may also be a new competitive-grant program for teacher quality, but there aren't too many details right now of what it would look like and how it would differ from the existing Teacher Incentive Fund. More



Survey: States more optimistic this school year on spending education dollars
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The Center on Education Policy says after last school year's rough budget cuts for schools, states are predicting a brighter outlook on spending for K-12 this school year. The advocacy group bases that assessment on a survey of state education officials in 37 states and the District of Columbia. More

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Connecticut legislative session opens; schools top issue
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called on state lawmakers to help him create an economic revival in Connecticut, creating more jobs and overhauling the state's public school system, including teacher tenure. A little more than a year after taking office amid a massive $3.5 billion budget deficit, Malloy touted the accomplishments of his freshman administration, proclaiming the state has "passed through the crucible of that crisis" because he and state lawmakers have "brought positive, far-reaching, meaningful and systematic change to Hartford" over the past year. More

School officials worry about overwhelming students, schools with tests
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The 2013-2014 school year may seem like a long way off, but state school officials are already fretting over a perfect storm of education reforms that could make today's extensive state testing regimen seem like a snap. That's the year when students could take as many as five state-mandated tests, on top of their teachers' occasional pop quizzes and the tests given several times each year by the local school systems. More

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Iowa Senate passes school spending bill
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Schools would be allowed to grow their budgets by 4 percent in the 2013-2014 school year under a bill approved by the Iowa Senate. The budget limit, commonly known as allowable growth, has been a longtime law that school advocates say helps schools plan future spending before they lock in tax rates, certify budgets with the state and enter into contracts with staff. But the fate of the bill is grim as it heads to the Republican-controlled House, which has pushed to eliminate the requirement that the Legislature set the growth rate. More

Georgia lawmaker wants schools trained in diabetes
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Georgia Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, has introduced legislation that would require school system to have at least two personnel trained in diabetes treatment. The Peachtree City Republican says he became aware of the issue last year after his child was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. More

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English language learner program costs skyrocket in some districts, data show
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The cost of teaching non-English-speaking students is rising dramatically in some Iowa schools, with local property taxpayers paying a bigger share of the expense, state data show. State funding for students who are learning English has increased more than 40 percent — or $4.9 million — in the past five years, while the number of those students has grown almost 20 percent. Despite that, an increasing number of schools spent more state money than they received, prompting them to seek additional funds from property taxpayers. More

Study: CPS has some success turning around grammar schools, not high schools
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Only weeks before Chicago School Board members vote on whether to turn around a record number of schools, a new study indicates Chicago's "turnaround" elementary schools produced better academic gains than other "worst of the worst" schools that did not undergo similar reforms. Chicago's public high schools were another story. There, researchers from the University of Chicago's Consortium on Chicago School Research found that, after four years, "turned around" high schools did not perform differently than similar struggling high schools on at least two important indicators. More

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Gov. Snyder ties school funding to scores
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is tying lots of strings to the extra cash he's offering public schools, universities and communities in next year's budget. To get a share of the 1 percent increase being offered to K-12 schools in the budget year that starts Oct. 1, school districts would have to show through standardized tests that students are learning a full year's worth of material as they move from grade to grade. They'd also have to offer a mix of options including schools of choice, online learning and dual enrollment for high school students who want to take college classes. More



Register today for NAESP Annual Conference and save $100
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Friday, Feb. 10 is the last day you can register at the advance rate for the NAESP 2012 Annual Conference and Expo in Seattle, March 22-24. Don't miss this national event of the year for principals. Plus, when you register, sign up the fourth annual Community Service Day — NAESP is kicking off the conference by building an inclusive playground at Hawthorne Elementary. Don't miss it. More

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New NAESP Career Center offers you the best job-hunting tools
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The revitalized NAESP Career Center, now supported by Job Target, is the only dedicated national job bank for principals in public and private elementary and middle schools. With more jobs, a wider network and powerful career coaching tools, the Career Center is where leaders go to get hired and school systems look to find the perfect new principal. More
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