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Districts scrutinizing teaching applicants' potential
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Districts across the country are reorienting their human resources offices toward what's being called "strategic hiring." The efforts consist of collecting a more-robust set of information on candidates, developing stronger relationships with teacher-preparation programs and tracking new hires to determine their success in the classroom. More


School's out as districts weigh lightening homework loads
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School districts from coast to coast are weighing the elimination of homework on weekends and holidays, part of a move by educators to rein in student workloads. The moves come in response to complaints from parents that children spend too many after-school hours buried in work, and concerns from teachers that test preparation trumps learning. More

Foreign language programs stung by budget cuts
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The federal government has a huge demand for proficient speakers of foreign languages, but Congress substantially reduced funds to support the teaching of foreign languages to K-12 and college students in the budget deal struck for 2011. Foreign-language advocates said they are discouraged that while President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have stressed in speeches the importance of bilingualism, a pot of money that underwrites the cost of 14 higher education programs focused on foreign languages and international education — some of which provide crucial support to K-12 educators — will be cut by 40 percent in the current fiscal year. More

Children of divorce struggle more with math and social skills
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Children of divorce have poorer math and interpersonal social skills than their peers, and they battle anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem and sadness, according to new research. They have trouble forming and maintaining friendships, expressing their feelings in positive ways, showing sensitivity to others' feelings, comforting other children and getting along with people who are different, according to Hyun Sik Kim, the study's author. More

Using research to predict great teachers
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What if you could spot a top teacher candidate from an email? It may sound too good to be true, but statistically speaking, it can be surprisingly effective, according to one charter school organization using email exercises and other "predictive research" tactics as part of its interviewing process beginning this summer. More


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Does a school principal who doesn't write well deserve tenure?
Babble (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It seems as though parents often struggle with their kids to get them to use correct grammar and spelling in everything from homework to term papers and letters to grandparents. With a kid, of course, it's somewhat understandable and expected when they don't get it right every time. After all, they are in the process of learning. What happens, however, if the person who can't write well is your kid's school principal? More

Sleep lack linked to bullying behavior
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School-age children who don't get between 10-11 hours of sleep a night are more likely to exhibit bullying or discipline referrals, United States researchers suggest. Louise O'Brien, assistant professor at the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center, and colleagues say the study involved public elementary school students in Ypsilanti, Mich., who had exhibited conduct problems like bullying or discipline referrals. The study found that there was a two-fold higher risk for symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing, particularly daytime sleepiness, among these students. More

Duncan calls for faster work on 'No Child' fix
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called on Congress to move faster on an overhaul to the No Child Left Behind elementary education law. "We desperately want to see this done before schools go back in the fall," Duncan said. "This can't be done on Washington time. It needs to happen on real people's time." The nine-year-old No Child Left Behind law has been widely criticized for branding schools as failures even as they make progress, for discouraging high academic standards and for encouraging educators to teach to the test. 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.

Some states wary of new Race to Top cash
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For U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, handing out hundreds of millions in federal money isn't as easy as it once was. The announcement that he'll divvy up $700 million in new Race to the Top funding between the nine states that narrowly missed out last year and a $500 million early-childhood education competition has drawn a mixed — and, in at least one case, almost hostile — response. More

New child nutrition law strikes a healthy balance
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Given the sky-high rates of childhood obesity, it's hard to believe that some are pondering overturning the common-sense provisions passed by the previous Congress and being implemented by United States Department of Agriculture to improve children's access to healthy school meals. A recent House Education and Workforce subcommittee hearing examined the "regulatory overreach" of the new child nutrition law. More

North Carolina bill would track illegal immigrants in schools
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A North Carolina bill would require principals to keep track of illegal immigrants in their schools would intimidate parents and likely run afoul of federal law, opponents told a legislative panel. Members of the public spoke against a bill introduced by Rep. Dale Folwell, R-Forsyth, who says the legislation wouldn't bar anyone from attending school in North Carolina, but would be important for determining the costs of illegal immigration to the state. More

Quinn offers cuts as alternative to widespread layoffs in New York
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The New York City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, proposed roughly $75 million in cuts to the Department of Education's budget, in an attempt to help minimize the layoffs planned for thousands of teachers this summer, as outlined by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. It was Quinn's first specific pronouncement on education spending since the mayor proposed balancing the books by eliminating 6,100 of the city's 75,000 teaching positions through layoffs and retirements, and it sent a clear signal that big differences remain between the City Council and City Hall when it comes to bridging the New York City's multibillion-dollar budget gap. More

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New report praises Pittsburgh schools
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A new report praises the way administrators and union leaders in Pittsburgh have worked together to improve schools, but Schools Superintendent Linda Lane said the current budget crisis means some plans that came out of the collaboration will be put on hold. One likely casualty will be a new teacher training program that was a key part of the $40 million grant the school district received from the Gates Foundation in 2009. More

Report: California public schools don't meet physical education standards
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More than one-third of all California public school students ages 12 to 17 do not participate in physical education classes despite state requirements, according to new research. A study by the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research found that about 1.3 million public middle and high school students aren't getting school-based exercise, even though California law mandates they get 400 minutes of physical education every 10 days. More


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Rhode Island schools chief: Cooperation key to school reform
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Rhode Island's top education official told lawmakers that it will take more than money and standardized tests to improve Rhode Island's public schools. In an address to a joint session of the state House and Senate, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said parents, teachers and elected leaders must work together to increase student performance and turn out graduates ready for jobs or college. More

Low-income Chicago students to get low-cost broadband
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The digital divide that has left nearly 40 percent of all Chicagoans with little or no access to the Internet is about to narrow for 330,000 needy students. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Comcast in announcing, "Internet Essentials," a first-in-the-nation program designed to provide high-speed Internet services for the families of Chicago Public School students who qualify for free school lunches. More

NAESP: Fighting to protect your interests in Washington, DC
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NAESP's advocacy agenda tracks education-related news, legislation and policy decisions with the goal of protecting the needs and interests of elementary and middle-level principals nationwide. Read NAESP's latest updates on ESEA and analysis of the federal budget. More


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