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9 states get new chance at federal education aid
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Nine states that were also in last year's Race to the Top school improvement competition will get another chance, the Obama administration announced, though this time $200 million will be up for grabs, compared with $4 billion awarded last year. An additional $500 million will be devoted to a parallel competition among all states to raise the quality of early learning and child care programs and to increase families' access to them, federal officials said. More

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Growth in education spending slowed in 2009
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The nation's overall education spending grew at a slower pace in 2009 than at any other time in more than a decade, amid deepening state fiscal woes and flatter tax revenues, according to new census figures released. Public school districts spent an average of $10,499 per student on elementary and secondary education in the 2009 fiscal year, up 2.3 percent from 2008. In contrast, spending rose by 6.1 percent and 5.8 percent in the two years before that. More

Report shows education choices expanding across US
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When it comes to education choices — from kindergarten up through college — the decision is no longer simple. Children don't just attend their neighborhood public school anymore. They often choose between that and the charter school across town as the number of students enrolled in charter schools has more than tripled since 2000. And after graduation, students are increasingly looking beyond traditional state and private schools for a higher education. More



Tea party targets schools for 'Constitution Week'
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America's kids will be learning about the U.S. Constitution this coming school year with help from a decidedly conservative Idaho publishing house, if a tea party group gets its way. The Tea Party Patriots, Georgia-based but claiming 1,000 chapters nationally, are instructing members to remind teachers that a 2004 federal law requires public schools to teach Constitution lessons the week of Sept. 17, commemorating the day the document was signed. More

Illinois Senate approves teaching 'age appropriate' sex education
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Legislation requiring sex education classes to discuss contraception in addition to abstinence passed the Illinois Senate over objections from some Republicans who want local school boards to decide what material is best to teach. "There's been some suggestion that perhaps this isn't needed, that there's not a problem. Well, I'd like to give you the facts that suggest very much why this bill is needed," said Democratic Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago, who sponsored the bill. More



Preventing the 'summer slide' in math skills
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It's the end of the school year, and although most students look forward to vacation, the summer months can have a detrimental impact on students' academic progress. It's called the "summer slide": Skills gained during the school year melt away with the heat, and that "summer learning loss" translates into teachers spending a good chunk of the academic year playing catch-up before being able to move forward. More

Changed computer habits of children lead to poorer reading skills
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Sweden and the United States are two countries in which increased leisure use of computers by children leads to poorer reading ability. This is the conclusion from research carried out at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Professor Monica Rosén of the Department of Education and Special Education has analyzed differences between different countries over time in order to explain change in reading achievement among 9- and 10-year-olds. More



Bullied children end up in school nurses' offices
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Elementary school children who are victims of peer bullying — along with the bullies themselves — made more frequent visits to a school nurse's office with complaints of physical illnesses and injuries than their other classmates. The message is that a child might be getting frequent stomach aches from being picked on. The study revealed a useful strategy for detecting aggressive interactions among children that may otherwise go unrecognized. If a child is frequently showing up at the nurse's office with a fever or vomiting and no obvious illness, it might reflect the visit is related to victimization and to some extent aggression. More

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Report: 'Green schools' benefit budgets and students
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"Green schools" are better for students, teachers, the environment — and the bottom line, a report released concludes. Published by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council, the report details what mayors, superintendents and other local leaders can do to advance the movement for environmentally friendly schools. More

Cuts to school meal budgets could have a dramatic effect on
childhood obesity

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New evidence commissioned by a leading partnership of food charities shows that a whole school approach to food that links practical food education with quality school dinners leads to a better family diet and can improve academic performance and behavior. The Food for Life Partnership project was set up to encourage pupils and their parents to eat healthy food and learn how to cook it and grow it themselves. More

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Social networking as a tool for student and educators learning
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A 2010 study into principals' attitudes found that "schools are one of the last holdouts," with many banning the most popular social networking sites for students and sometimes for staff. District and school administrators justifiably have questions about social networking: How can we protect students? What are the educational benefits? What policy issues need to be considered? There seem to be no quick or easy answers. More



Report: US should model education system after other countries
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The United States must mirror the educational practices of top-performing countries if it is to regain its competitive advantage, according to a new report from the National Center on Education and the Economy. One of the major discrepancies between the U.S. and countries that are outperforming it educationally is the performance differences between students from high- and low-income families. More



NJ Assembly Education Committee approves bill requiring charter schools to win voter approval
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A bill that would require charter schools to win voter approval in their communities was voted out of the New Jersey Assembly Education Committee, after a number of charter school advocates testified that requiring a referendum could divide communities and doom some schools. The committee hearing room was packed with charter school supporters and education advocates, and a group of charter school students marched with signs outside the New Jersey Statehouse before the vote, as the committee considered a package of four bills. More

Ohio schools cut jobs in anticipation of funding cuts
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Ohio school districts already are cutting thousands of jobs in anticipation of losing funding in the upcoming state budget, as unions and other education groups lobby hard at the Ohio Statehouse to get some of it restored. In Cincinnati, 226 school district jobs have been cut, including 145 teaching positions. Columbus, Ohio, schools are eliminating the equivalent of about 260 full-time jobs, including about 200 teaching positions. Cleveland's district is eliminating more than 800 jobs, including 643 teacher slots. More

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Tennessee governor challenges teacher morale claims
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Gov. Bill Haslam disputes assertions by the Tennessee Education Association’s president that teachers feel "totally demoralized and disrespected" because of new legislation such as the bill that eliminates educators' collective bargaining powers. Speaking to reporters, Haslam, who plans to sign the collective bargaining bill into law, said a state Education Department-sponsored survey "didn't show that at all." More

Schools struggle to recover amid years of cuts
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The financial crisis hitting many of the nation's public schools is taking a heavy toll in cities such as Stockton, Calif., a blue-collar port city that struggles even in good times. Perched on the edge of central California's delta, about an hour south of the state capital, the city of nearly 300,000 has had some of the highest home foreclosure and unemployment rates in a state that has ranked high in both categories. More

NJ gov.: I'll heed court order to boost school aid
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After New Jersey's Supreme Court ordered the state to spend more on low-income school districts and Gov. Chris Christie agreed not to stand in the way, it's up to state lawmakers to figure out how to do it. The Democratic-controlled Legislature has just over five weeks to figure out how to reallocate $500 million in the state budget, knowing that the Republican governor is threatening a veto if lawmakers increase taxes to comply with the school funding ruling. More

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Crackdown on bullying gets Senate okay in Texas
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As relatives of a 13-year-old Houston student who committed suicide because of bullying watched, the Texas Senate unanimously approved a bill designed to crack down on bullying in Texas schools. As House Bill 1942 was passed, the mother and stepfather of Asher Brown stood and hugged each other in the Senate gallery. The measure, which will ramp up preventative programs to curb bullying in Texas schools, had been a legislative priority for a number of parent and school groups. More

Chicago Public Schools releases new guide to bring back recess
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Lynn Morton and her parent activist group POWER-PAC have fought for recess in Chicago's elementary schools for six years. With the release of a new Chicago Public Schools guide to implementing recess, it looks like the work is finally paying off. The guide recommends that next year be a planning year and that the following year, recess could be a reality for all children. More



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NAESP's Career Center and state affiliate job banks offer position listings from across the country, along with tips for finding and landing your dream job. More


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Study shows BULLYING reduced 41%

Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago just released findings from a randomized-control trial in 14 schools in Chicago. Schools using the Positive Action program from 3rd to 5th grade reduced bullying by 41%, violence by 37% and substance use by 31%. Academic effects will be released soon.
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