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Will cuts threaten education funding?
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When President Barack Obama unveiled his new budget in February, he drew a rare line in the sand aimed at protecting education from the deep cuts promised by a new class of congressional spending hawks. His endorsement all but cemented the Education Department's position as the favored child in the budget debate. But education advocates suggest the real test will come as Republicans and Democrats, in their continuing deficit reduction negotiations, spar over what should be cut to save $4 trillion over the next 10 years. More

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Education secretary may agree to waivers on 'No Child Left Behind' law requirements
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Unless Congress acts by this fall to overhaul No Child Left Behind, the main federal law on public education, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan signaled that he would use his executive authority to free states from the law's centerpiece requirement that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014. The Obama administration has been facing a mounting clamor from state school officials to waive substantial parts of the law, which President George W. Bush signed in 2002, especially its requirement that states bring 100 percent of students to proficiency in reading and math by 2014 or else face sanctions. More



Custom curriculum publishing on the rise
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In a new trend made possible by advancements in digital publishing, a number of K-12 schools and colleges are working with textbook publishers to create customized curriculum content that meets their own unique needs. The rise in custom curriculum publishing gives schools more flexibility as they work to prepare students for college or a career, advocates say. More



Tennessee law ends social promotion of third-grade students
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Starting next school year, Tennessee third-graders will no longer be allowed to move on to the next grade unless they can demonstrate understanding of the curriculum and basic reading skills. The new state law exempts special education students. It also permits school systems to promote struggling third-graders if they provide them with proven remedial help before the beginning of their fourth-grade school year. More



States weigh relaxing penalties for teen sexting
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A congressman who sends an X-rated photo of himself jeopardizes his reputation and his job. But in many states, teens caught doing the same thing can risk felony charges, jail time and being branded sexual offenders. That's because a minor who transmits a sexually explicit photo of themselves according to many state laws, is manufacturing and distributing child pornography. Lawmakers across the country, however, now say the problem of teen sexting didn't exist when they enacted harsh punishments for child porn and are considering changes that would ensure minors don't face jail time for youthful mistakes. More

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Bullying & Harassment : What Schools Can Do

The DOE issued guidance to support educators in combating bullying in schools by clarifying when student bullying may violate federal education laws and the schools' responsibility to intervene.
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Study finds few learning gains from gifted services
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As educators and lawmakers struggle to define the evolving role of education for the nation's gifted students, a new study suggests that some aspects of gifted education that have been appropriated to improve the achievement of a broader population of students may provide less of a boost than commonly thought. More



Alliance: Keep spending rules in place with NCLB fix
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As Congress works to update the No Child Left Behind Act, members of the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education hold out hope that a bipartisan agreement will be reached this year. But they warn that more flexible spending measures proposed by some lawmakers could divert money intended to help students who are most in need. More

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EPA's tests of air outside schools find problems
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The federal government's test of the dangers from air pollution around schools is nearing completion, and the findings underscore the need for more extensive air monitoring. Most of the air monitoring completed so far has not found dangerous levels of pollution, the EPA says, but outside a handful of schools, the tests showed concentrations of toxic chemicals higher than what the government typically considers to be safe for long-term exposure. More



Michigan House OKs reform plan that makes it easier to fire bad teachers
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The Republican-controlled state House approved legislation that would revamp the teacher tenure system in Michigan, through bills that make it harder to attain tenure, make it easier to fire ineffective teachers and weaken seniority protections. The four-bill package was criticized by Democrats in the House as going too far, and unions representing teachers are focusing their sights on the Republican-controlled Senate, where the legislation is now headed. More

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Texas educators worry schools won't recover from cuts
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Texas educators fear that a new measure that will slash $4 billion in funding to Texas public schools over the next two years will permanently handicap them because it removes any long-term obligation for the state to maintain a minimum support level. Normally, a school's funding level is determined by a formula based on enrollment, but for the first time since World War II the Legislature has reduced per-student funding, a trend that could continue under the new school finance law. More

Illinois governor to sign education legislation
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will sign a major education reform package that could increase the time Chicago schoolchildren are in the classroom, give school districts new powers to oust poorly performing teachers and impose new obstacles on teachers strikes, his office confirmed. The reform package "represents unprecedented statewide agreement on education issues that have gone unresolved across the country, and as a result, we are garnering national attention and praise," Quinn spokeswoman Mica Matsoff said. More

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Immigration law makes school officials uneasy in Alabama
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A provision in Alabama's immigration law requiring schools to collect citizenship information on undocumented aliens may raise objections from the United States Justice Department and is making some education officials uneasy. The legislation includes a provision that requires public schools to determine the citizenship of students enrolling in the school, either by confirmation of a birth certificate or of documents establishing the citizenship or immigration status of the child. More

New school data system causing budget roadblocks in Idaho
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K-12 school districts throughout Idaho have grappled with the costs, both financial and in staff time, to implement the Idaho System for Education Excellence. At the same time, data inconsistencies and software changes at the local and state levels have hampered districts' efforts to set their budgets. More

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Study: Preschool boosts low-income students
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A new study revealing the lasting impact of a solid preschool education — especially in disadvantaged communities — just as Illinois' governor considers a state budget plan that slashes funding to early childhood programs. While many findings over the years have touted the benefits of starting kids early on the path to education, a study conducted inside Chicago Public Schools shows attending preschool can yield payoffs into adulthood. More



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Free online resource for supporting struggling learners
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The RTI Action Network is now accepting applications for the Leadership Network, a free online leadership mentoring program that equips school leaders to implement Response to Intervention, a system for identifying and supporting special needs students. Participants are assigned to a mentor who is experienced in RTI implementation, and receive support through monthly online meetings, on-demand problem-solving and private discussion boards with an online professional community. More

Start planning now for NAESP's 2012 Conference and Expo!
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With featured speakers including Diane Ravitch, Rick and Becky DuFour, NAESP's March 22-24 conference in Seattle is an event you won't want to miss! 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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