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Schools face cliff as education money dries up
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As lawmakers around the country debate their states' budgets, they're staring over the edge of a massive fiscal cliff — the point where about $100 billion in federal stimulus money for education will run out. The end of that money will compound states' severe budget woes and likely lead to thousands of layoffs and the elimination of popular school programs around the country. More

Impact of shutdown on education remains mystery
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As a federal government shutdown looms, the Obama administration is gearing up to stop doing business. In a telephone briefing, a senior administration official said that the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C., would not go on, and national parks would close. But just how the shutdown would affect the U.S. Department of Education and its programs remains very unclear. More

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Study: All students can learn 'gifted' class skills
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Here's a brilliant idea: If you want smarter kids, treat them as if they're smart. A U.S. Department of Education evaluation of a North Carolina program shows that when at-risk students are taught as if they are gifted and talented, they are likely to perform better academically. The pilot program, called Project Bright IDEA, operated between 2004 to 2009 in kindergarten through second-grade classrooms in 11 North Carolina school districts. More

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School garden teaches skills, promotes healthy eating
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There is a 3,400-square-foot garden located outside of the Lillian Vallely School in Indiana, and Principal Jeff Nauman believes it's one of the most important teaching tools the school for Native American students has to offer. In fact he started the garden using his personal funds last year because he felt it could help students better apply math and science skills, and provide invaluable hands-on education about growing and eating healthy foods. More


This grade's for the teacher
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New York will soon have a new way to measure the ability of its educators. A 63-member task force that includes teachers, administrators, union leaders and school board members released a comprehensive report that will move the state toward an objective evaluation method for its teachers and principals. The proposal calls for educators to be partially evaluated on the scores of their students on state standardized tests. More

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Children's academic scores affected by a parent's deployment
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A new study offers more evidence that children of deployed troops experience more problems than other military children. In the new study researchers found that children whose soldier parents were deployed 19 months or more since 2001 scored lower on standardized tests than children of soldiers who deployed less than that or not at all. The researchers concluded that the number of deployments was less significant than the cumulative length of a parent's deployments. More

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Schools turn to breakfast to boost academics
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Breakfast in the classroom is part of a California statewide movement to boost the number of students eating the crucial morning meal. Studies show that children who routinely eat a well-balanced breakfast do better academically and have fewer tardies and absences. At some low-performing schools administrators hope better morning nutrition eventually will translate into higher test scores. More

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Ultimate food fight erupts as federals recook school lunch rules
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Across the country, school cafeteria managers, farm lobbyists, food companies, celebrity chefs, students and parents have started the ultimate food fight. The skirmish is over the U.S. Department of Agriculture's efforts, prompted by the recent passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, to rewrite the rules about meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. At stake is what will and won't be offered in the breakfasts and lunches schools serve millions of children every weekday. More


Boycott threats fly in union rights fight
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State battles over limiting public-union rights are moving into the private sector as union members threaten to boycott local businesses that don't back their cause. The skirmishes are most prominent in Wisconsin and Ohio, where Republican governors recently signed new laws stripping public-employee unions of the ability to negotiate pension and health benefits and curbing other union rights. More

Illinois Schools Implement Lexia, Improve

75% of kindergartners in Des Plaines, IL elementary school had no letter recognition. Lexia Reading software helped bring 88% up to speed by end of 1st grade.

Delaware schools: 'Race to Top' report finds gains, need for more
Wilmington News Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's been progress but there's more to do. That's the message from a new report on Delaware's efforts to improve its public school system that last year got a $119 million boost from the federal government through President Barack Obama's Race to the Top grant program. After Delaware's Department of Education was awarded the money, Education Secretary Lillian Lowery asked to be held accountable. In an effort to measure progress, a new report titled "Delaware's Race to Deliver" from Vision 2015 aims to take the temperature of the state's progress. More

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Today's teacher layoffs threaten tomorrow's college classrooms
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Teacher layoffs and other education spending cuts are thinning more than the current ranks of California's classroom instructors. The number of people training to be teachers also is plummeting, and that trend is likely to continue. Education experts are warning of a shortage of new teachers in a few years as large numbers of baby boomers start to retire from teaching jobs and larger numbers of youngsters enter elementary school. More


Parents group urges return to recess
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A coalition of parents that fought last year against state education budget cuts now is turning its attention to bringing recess back to more Chicago elementary schools. The group, called Raise Your Hand, gathered representatives from 35 grammar schools at Waters Elementary School in Chicago hoping to sell them on the benefits of recess and show them how to implement it at their schools. More

Keep up with the convention online!
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NAESP's Annual Convention and Exposition is under way! Don't miss a beat by reading Convention News Online, where you'll find articles, photos and tweets about this incredible event. More

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NAESP Board of Directors election starts Monday
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The 2011 NAESP Board of Directors election is scheduled for April 11 - May 10. Eligible members (active, institutional active, emeritus and life members) will vote for NAESP's president-elect and directors for Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 8. You will need to log in to the NAESP website to access the ballot. If you have never logged in to, please take a moment to do so! More




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