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Duncan urges changes to NCLB
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told federal lawmakers eight of 10 schools could flunk No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards this year. Duncan called on Congress to fix the law before the next school year so the schools and students most at risk of failing receive the assistance they need. "No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now," Duncan told the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. More



Wisconsin budget standoff moves to the Assembly
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A new standoff shaped up at the Capitol in Wisconsin, as protesters inside sat in front of the doors to the state Assembly and Gov. Scott Walker's administration closed the building to the public. The Assembly was scheduled to take up Gov. Scott Walker's bill to repeal most collective bargaining by public employee unions, a measure that has sparked massive protests and drawn international attention. More

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Idaho teachers protest newly passed union curbs
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Hundreds of union supporters linked hands to form a chain around Idaho's Capitol in Boise to protest a bill passed by the state legislature to strip public school teachers of most collective bargaining rights. The 12,000-member Idaho teachers union organized the rally in Boise and a dozen other cities in what the group says is likely a doomed bid to persuade Republican Gov. Butch Otter not to sign the measure into law. The bill crafted by the state's schools chief, Tom Luna, and endorsed by Otter cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature. More



Video games that make kids move burn calories
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Interactive video games that require high-energy movement raised middle school kids' metabolisms to levels typically seen with moderate or vigorous exercise, a new study finds. Researchers evaluated the effect of six forms of so-called "exergaming" on energy expenditure in 39 children of various body-mass indexes at a youth fitness research and training center at the University of Massachusetts. More

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Schools weigh the benefits of more classroom time
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President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and school districts nationwide have embraced extending the school year. In Los Angeles, the Catholic archdiocese recently announced a goal of moving most of its 210 elementary and middle schools to a 200-day calendar. Some supporters say U.S. students aren't in school enough, particularly compared to their peers in other industrialized nations, and that both students and teachers benefit from having more time. Others say the expanded calendar, with the same teachers and curriculum, doesn't automatically mean a jump in test scores. Education research varies over whether extending the school year leads to increased student achievement. More

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Kansas schools try separate lunches for genders
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Middle school lunch periods can be a free-for-all of teasing, rough-housing and flirting among boys and girls trying to impress or intimidate. But what if schools had separate lunch periods for boys and girls? That is not a hypothetical in Wichita, Kan., where three middle schools have gone to single-sex lunches. Principals say the new lunch system has reduced misbehavior and helped students focus on eating. More

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Simple school program boosts asthma control
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Just having school nurses watch children take their daily asthma-control medications significantly reduced symptom flares, a randomized trial showed. Moreover, the four-month program was also effective for children living in households with smokers when it also included family counseling on the asthma-worsening effects of smoke exposure, according to Jill Halterman, M.D., of the University of Rochester in New York, and colleagues. More

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Study links pupils' stress to school environments
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Between inadequate supplies, rundown school buildings and disrespected teachers buried in paperwork, school can be stressful for first-graders, who are in a fragile place in their educational lives, according to a study. The study, based on interviews with more than 10,700 first-grader parents and teachers in spring 2000. More


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Groups decry technology cuts in federal education budget
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Killing the only federal program that specifically provides funding for education technology will undermine reform and innovation efforts in America's schools. That's according to four major education advocacy groups that issued a joint statement denouncing proposed cuts to the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. EETT (Title II Part D of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) is the sole source of dedicated federal funding supporting education technologies. It's designed to support state, district and school efforts to "integrate technology effectively into [the] classroom with the goal of improving student academic achievement." More

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The cure for sick education policies
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In the ever-expanding conversations about how to fix the U.S. public education system, many reformers look to business models. Many of the business designs they admire are based on a specific product line with a manageable amount of differentiation and a profit model. Schools don't fit that blueprint. But perhaps we can draw some wisdom from industries in which the product is a service and the service is provided to a diverse clientele with a host of different needs and degrees of demand. From that type of service, business educators might find some pathways through the policy problems in which we're currently entangled. (free registration required) More



Schools say recess before lunch helps kids focus on meals, learning
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A growing number of elementary schools in the Douglas County School District in Colorado schedules recess before lunch, part of a national trend to improve student health. Charlee Roberts, Communities Putting Prevention to Work wellness coordinator for the district, said the district has been encouraging the practice in its policy materials since 2006. Putting recess before lunch, Roberts said, means students aren't running around on a full stomach, and when they come into lunch, they are calmer and take time to eat their meals. More

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Mississippi Senate panel OKs reduced schools funding
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A plan approved by a Mississippi Senate committee would cut state funding to public classrooms by at least $65 million next fiscal year, critics say. That's because the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to count that money it received from the federal government in 2010 as part of the state's funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which provides money to the secondary and elementary schools. The federal money came from a congressional bill to help school districts pay salaries and other expenses to retain jobs. The districts have until September 2012 to spend the money. More

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Hairnets, yes; fried foods, no
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Everyone seems to have an opinion about school lunches these days. Michelle Obama has pointed to them as a battlefield in the fight against childhood obesity. Nutrition advocates have led a charge against the presence of fast food. Individual districts have kicked soda and candy vendors to the curb. Listening to that national conversation from New York, you might wonder, what took them so long? School lunches in New York City began a radical transformation six or seven years ago, with the Department of Education's decision to think of them as food rather than as a government service. From there, it made sense to regard the cafeterias as restaurants, and the children as customers. More



Join NAESP's Leadership Immersion Institute Mentor Training
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Before you head to the convention, join your fellow principals and administrators April 5-7 in Tampa, Fla., for NAESP's Leadership Immersion Institute Mentor Training. This event provides you the opportunity to develop the critical, essential mentoring and coaching skills that promote professional growth and confidence needed for new and aspiring principals. More

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Online ordering open for Presidential Education Awards Program
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The President's Education Awards Program — sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals — was developed to help principals recognize and honor students who have achieved high academic goals through hard work and dedication to learning. Order your materials for the President's Education Awards Program and the American Citizenship Award online today! More

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