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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warns of layoffs as unions step up efforts
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As public workers across Wisconsin continue into a second week of protests against Republican plans to roll back their benefits and bargaining rights, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is warning that state employees could receive layoff notices if they don't agree to the changes. With Walker standing his ground, politicians and activists on both sides of the conflict are digging in their heels. Democratic state lawmakers remain out of the state in protest of the Walker's proposals, but Republican state legislators are increasing pressure at the state capitol for the democrats to return. More



Stimulus funding helped save education jobs
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The economic-stimulus package that Congress passed two years ago preserved hundreds of thousands of jobs in the nation's public schools but, with the economy still sputtering, the future of many of those positions remains in jeopardy. In all, the nearly $100 billion shot-in-the-arm funded 367,524 education-related jobs during the 2009-2010 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. More



Students learn the importance of saving
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Students at Gentilly Terrace-UNO Charter School in New Orleans lined the hallway in a roped-off area, quietly murmuring among themselves with money in hand, waiting patiently for their turn at the teller. "Welcome to KidzBank!" said sixth-grader Ryshad Jasmine, greeter for the day, whose job is to welcome more than 125 Gentilly Terrace first- to fifth-grade students waiting to deposit money into savings accounts in a working bank operated by the students. More

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Will it ever be time for Facebook?
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Most K-12 administrators hate Facebook as much as YouTube and even more than Wikipedia. I've said it before and it remains completely true: If our students spent as much time studying as they do trying to get around Facebook content filters, we'd be cranking out Rhodes Scholars left and right. It isn't just students, though. Teachers increasingly find themselves on Facebook, whether they're fresh college grads who grew up with the service or the countless older teachers who, like their non-teacher peers, have all jumped on the Facebook train. More

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Recording classroom lessons in one easy step
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Lecture capture is a fairly vibrant topic in education right now, though mainly in colleges and universities at the moment. In K-12, adoption has been somewhat slower, but it's growing as teachers and education leaders have begun looking for solutions to help reinforce what students are being taught in the classroom. Lecture capture typically involves recording video and audio and capturing computer presentations in a classroom or other learning environment; sometimes performing light editing (adding chapters or titles or other helpful elements); and encoding and uploading the finished media to a server that can be accessed by students. More



Unions, school leaders vow to collaborate, but action uncertain
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Officials of the U.S. Department of Education said they would offer the services of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen and his team to districts trying to set up structures for collaboration, or to those hitting roadblocks in their contract negotiations. More

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US House votes to slash current-year education funding
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The U.S. Department of Education's current-year budget would be slashed by more than $5 billion under a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on an almost strictly party line vote of 235-189. That sets up a showdown as the legislation heads to the democratically controlled Senate, where lawmakers are expected to reject the cuts. President Barack Obama has also threatened to veto the bill should it reach his desk with such deep cuts. More



Gifted programs go on the block as schools must do with less
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Budget problems, combined with policies and programs like the No Child Left Behind Act focused on improving overall educational performance in public schools, have put gifted programs in the expendable category. Local school districts, with permission from the legislature, have been systematically taking money from the programs to cover budget shortfalls. School officials say they have no choice. More

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The beloved school field trip
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The group field trip — a time-honored tradition beloved by students and educators alike — is getting a makeover as schools adjust to tight budgets and strict curriculum standards. It is getting increasingly rare for districts to orchestrate an old-fashioned field trip, complete with taxpayer-funded bus ride to one of the region's natural or cultural resources. Instead, schools are saving money by having students walk to nearby sites, raising private funds for transportation, or by taking fewer field trips than in years past. More

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Maine parents object to survey of risky behavior
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A Maine middle school has canceled a student survey about alcohol use and sex after parents objected to its frank questions about risky behaviors. Marshwood Middle School, in Eliot, Maine, intended to administer two versions of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey — one for sixth-graders, and a more detailed one for seventh- and eighth-graders. More


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Group says early education investment saves money
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With more Illinois children falling into poverty, investing in early childhood education could save the state millions of dollars in the future, an advocacy group said. Voices for Illinois Children acknowledged the state has a huge budget deficit and is cutting many programs. But the group's president, former state lawmaker Kathy Ryg, said services for children in fourth-grade and below should be spared from budget cuts if the state wants to prevent a drain on social services when the children are older. More

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Some schools cut lunch options for kids who struggle to pay
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At the turn of the new year, the Lee County, Fla., public schools were losing about $2,000 a week on school lunches. Then came the cheese sandwiches. When classes resumed Jan. 3 after the winter break, the district — the 40th-largest in the United States, with about 80,000 pupils — had a problem. Up to 1,100 pupils weren't paying for their meals, school officials say. Because the National School Lunch Program requires participating schools to provide nourishing meals for all pupils, what do school administrators do if a pupil shows up in the lunchroom with no cash and with no money left in his or her electronic meal account? More

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Registration now open for 'Leading for Learning in Culturally Diverse Environments,' a summer conference co-sponsored by NAESP and MESPA
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The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the Minnesota Elementary Schools Principals' Association (MESPA) will co-sponsor "Leading for Learning in Culturally Diverse Environments — Putting Cognitive Research into Practice" summer conference. This powerful three-day workshop will be held on June 15-17 at the TIES Education Center in Paul, Minn. Those interested in participating can register online or download our registration form. More

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2011 NAESP Annual Convention & Exposition — Something for everyone!
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The April 7-10 NAESP Annual Convention offers everything you will need to become a more effective leader. You'll experience inspirational general session speakers, topical plenary sessions, extended learning workshops, and have access to over 75 concurrent sessions covering leadership, transforming school culture and more. You will also have an opportunity to network and collaborate with your peers. More

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