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Obama signs short-term spending bill, averting federal shutdown
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President Barack Obama signed a stopgap measure that will keep the federal government funded through March 18, averting a shutdown for two more weeks while congressional leaders head to the White House to broker a longer-term deal. More



Lawmakers outline plan for reworking No Child Left Behind
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Saying the current education policies are failing kids, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a group of mostly democratic senators plan to introduce a set of revisions that would move away from rigid testing and toward flexibility for local school districts. More



Connecticut discussing 'culturally responsive' schools
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Connecticut's state Board of Education is considering a policy that would urge local school districts to make sure their teaching methods and topics are engaging students of all cultures. The philosophy, known as "culturally responsive education," already is in practice in many districts, state Department of Education officials said. However, they said, making it a formal part of Connecticut's education policy could help local districts build it into their curriculum and practices as an expectation, not just a desire. More

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Helping kids opt for healthy food at school
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Schools nationwide are stepping up to the nutrition plate. Many are now serving meals that surpass the government's school nutrition requirements, which are low compared with current dietary recommendations. The First Lady's Let's Move campaign to combat childhood obesity is matching local chefs with school meal programs and establishing salad bars in 6,000 school cafeterias. More

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Effective teacher evaluation programs can improve schools
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There's been a great deal of talk recently about the importance of teaching in public schools. Some have vilified teacher associations as protectors of bad teachers. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the Utah Education Association and its local affiliates in each Utah school district are constantly seeking ways to improve teacher effectiveness and ensure a quality teacher in every classroom. More

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iPads become learning tools for students with disabilities
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When a speech therapist suggested that it was time for fourth-grader Sloan Brickey to use a device to help convey her sometimes-garbled words, the first option was a 2-foot-long board that offered a choice of six words at a time. Sloan, 11, has Down syndrome and already sticks out enough at her elementary school in Powell, Tenn., said her mother, Kelly J. Brickey. So Brickey did some research and found a different solution: A list of applications for the Apple iPad that works well helping children with autism communicate. More

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Why teachers and their critics are failing
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Talk to any chief executive about the workforce of the future and they'll passionately argue for the need to boost America's K-12 educational performance. They'll point out that the U.S. has lagged behind for years in global assessments of student achievement, especially in math and science. Yet governors in hard-pressed states are cutting back on primary and secondary educational spending, with some state leaders proposing draconian reductions. More

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Stopgap spending bill ends array of education programs
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The stopgap federal spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law almost certainly spells the end of federal funding for more than a dozen education programs, at least until the end of the current fiscal year, and quite possibly for good. The bill would scrap all federal funding for the current year for a number of programs that were considered "earmarks" under congressional rules, because they got non-competitive funds, directed just for them. Some senators protested on behalf of the groups, but it may have been too late — the cuts went through anyway. More


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New Jersey Gov. Christie: 'I love collective bargaining'
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, long at odds with unions over his budget-cutting ways, said that he's ready to start negotiating with state worker unions — and that he "loves" collective bargaining. Christie said at a town hall meeting in Hillsborough that New Jersey is very different from Wisconsin, where a debate rages over whether that state's Republican governor is trying to break unions by getting rid of collective bargaining. More

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Layoffs would affect some NYC NYC schools much harder
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Some of New York City's 1,600 schools would lose more than half their teachers while others would lose none under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to lay off 4,600 teachers if the last-in, first-out policy is not changed. The Bloomberg administration, which opposes the state law that requires teachers with lowest seniority be let go first, released a list of how many teachers each school in the city would lose. The aim is to get parents in affected schools outraged so that they mobilize to get the law changed. More

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Wisconsin schools face deep cuts under governor's budget
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Gov. Scott Walker is plowing ahead with his full plan for balancing Wisconsin's budget, proposing massive cuts to public schools even as he faces a stalemate over his proposal to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights. With Senate democrats still missing, Walker presented the second part of his two-year spending plan to the Legislature. More



Avoid voting delays in April
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Eligible members can vote in the NAESP Board election beginning April 11. The ballot is members-only content, so you will need to log in to cast your vote! If you have never logged in to www.naesp.org, please take a moment to do it now — and ensure being able to vote for your candidates with no delay. More

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Attending the convention? Get ready to warm up in Tampa!
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Don't miss out on all the great programming at the 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition in Tampa, Fla., April 7-10 — and while you're there, check out the exciting activities the host city has to offer! There's a sunny side to this West Coast community that makes this a true hot spot among the world's destinations. Naturally there's lots of water, sand and sunshine. But you'll also discover an area that's alive with the arts, seriously sports-minded, always planning a party or parade, and filled with only-in-Tampa places to go, things to do and sights to see. More

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