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Survey: Teacher job satisfaction hits a low point
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Teacher job satisfaction is at the lowest it's been in more than two decades, likely as a consequence — at least in part — of the economic downturn and resulting cuts to education budgets, according to a national survey. The 28th annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher finds that 44 percent of teachers are "very satisfied" with their jobs, down from 59 percent in 2009. The last time job satisfaction dipped as low was in 1989. More

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Schools get tough with third-graders: Read or flunk
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There's little dispute among educators that kids are not reading as well as they should be, but there's endless debate over what to do about it. Now, a growing number of states are taking a hard-line approach through mandatory retentions — meaning third-graders who can't read at grade level will automatically get held back. More

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Maryland schools embrace new core curriculum with math night
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Schools across Carroll County, Md., are working to incorporate the new Common Core State Curriculum into their math education program for kindergarten and first grade, said Margaret Pfaff, director of curriculum and instructional resources for Carroll County Public Schools. The Core Curriculum will affect all school districts in Maryland, promoting the idea of quality over quantity across the state, Pfaff said. More

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Minnesota school district reaches agreement on preventing gay bullying
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After years of accusations that it had failed to stop antigay bullying and a spate of student suicides, Minnesota's largest school district has agreed to sweeping changes designed to prevent harassment based on sexual orientation in a plan that federal officials call a national model. More

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Florida Virtual School offers leadership training for educators
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Florida Virtual School will host a two-day training session for individuals planning to create or manage a virtual or blended learning program. Scheduled for April 25-26, Virtual Leadership Training is designed to help educators "ask the right questions, do the right planning and create a blueprint for action," according to information released by the company. More

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Vanderbilt Touch app aims to help visually impaired students
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The same technology that makes the Android game Teeter buzz and vibrate in your hand as the little rolling steely knocks into walls on its way to the green hole may help visually impaired students learn math and other subjects, if haptics research going on at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., succeeds. More

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Homework for teachers: Investment plans
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When Dan Otter started teaching in 1992, an insurance agent walked into his fourth-grade classroom in Southern California after school to try to sell him an annuity. That was hardly unusual. Back then, people who worked in many schools, church offices and other nonprofit institutions could set up retirement accounts in almost any financial vehicle they could find. Their employers offered little guidance, and local insurance agents wooed teachers in the lunchroom with pizza and sandwiches. More

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Kindergarteners celebrate World Read Aloud Day
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When Candy Sheradin pointed at him, Lucas Bova jumped up and plucked the book "Blue Chicken" off the shelf. After he handed it to her, he returned to his seat on the carpet and listened while Sheradin read the story aloud. Lucas, 5, and his kindergarten classmates at Montessori Community School in Newark, N.J., spent a recent afternoon at Ohio State University-Newark's Educational Curriculum Center celebrating World Read Aloud Day. More

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Growing gaps bring focus on poverty's role in schooling
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The fractious debate over how much schools can counteract poverty's impact on children is far from settled, but a recently published collection of research strongly suggests that until policymakers and educators confront deepening economic and social disparities, poor children will increasingly miss out on finding a path to upward social mobility. More

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Parent trigger: School tests California law that allows takeover via petition
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The national battle over the best way to fix failing schools is ripping through the desert town of Adelanto, Calif., like a sandstorm, tearing apart a community that is testing a radical new approach: the parent takeover. Parents here are trying to become the first in the country to use a trigger law, which allows a majority of families at a struggling school to force major changes, from firing the principal to closing the school and reopening it as an independent charter. All they need to do to wrest control is sign a petition. More

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School for disabled said to be in jeopardy
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Budget problems could force a central Iowa school for severely disabled children to be shuttered as early as next school year, Woodward-Granger school district officials announced. Leaders blame a change at the state level for leaving Grandwood Special Education Facility with a $230,000 funding gap. More

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Teacher evaluations pose test for states
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Efforts to revamp public education are increasingly focused on evaluating teachers using student test scores, but school districts nationwide are only beginning to deal with the practical challenges of implementing those changes. Only an estimated 30 percent of classroom teachers in the U.S. work in grades or subjects covered by state standardized tests. Currently, most states test students only in math and reading in third through eighth grades and once in high school, as mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law. More

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Elementary students compete in science, technology events
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Teams from seven area elementary schools composed of 211 students participated recently in the Tri-County Elementary Science Olympiad at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., according to a news release. Produced by the Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe Mathematics and Science Center, the Science Olympiad offered eight events each for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teams. More

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West Chicago Elementary celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday
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There are many beloved children's authors, but it seems that none have gained as much fame and are as celebrated in the schools as Dr. Seuss, which was clearly demonstrated in the schools of West Chicago Elementary School District 33. In celebration of the author's birthday, most students and staff dressed as the infamous Cat in the Hat by wearing striped hats, whiskers on their faces and ties around their necks. Most importantly, everyone took time enjoy reading in honor of Dr. Seuss. More

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NAESP elections open March 26
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This spring, eligible NAESP members will elect a new president-elect as well as directors for Zones 5, 7, and 9. Only Active, Institutional Active, Emeritus, and Lifetime members are eligible to vote. Voting will open Monday, March 26, and will close Tuesday, April 24, and electronic ballots will be available through our website—but members will need to log in for access. See the Tips for Logging In page, Voter FAQs, or the election page for more information. More

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Check out NAESP Convention News Online
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Start gearing up for the NAESP Annual Conference and Expo — BEST PRACTICES FOR BETTER SCHOOLS™ — with Convention News Online, your hotspot for all things conference-related. Check back frequently for the latest articles, blog posts, tweets, and photos from Seattle. And if you haven’t registered for the conference yet, hurry — it is only two weeks away! More
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