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No education agenda left behind becomes Obama legal hurdle
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When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he pledged to "fix" the No Child Left Behind federal education law and to promote rigorous standards, merit pay and policies that made it easier to remove low-performing teachers. As Obama seeks re-election next year, Congressional gridlock has halted his plan to change No Child Left Behind. While more than 40 states have signed onto parts of the rest of his agenda, state budget cuts threaten to undermine districts' efforts to carry it out. More

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The achievement gap: Why Hispanic students are still behind
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A newly released report on student achievement finds that members of the nation's second largest ethnic group are still woefully underperforming their white counterparts. The report shows that while scores have gone up for both groups, Hispanic students lag by the same amount today as they did in 1990, which means that the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students has been largely unchanged for the past two decades. More



National Research Council wants science put on par with math, reading
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The National Research Council recommends that science learning be tested as frequently and taught as rigorously as math and reading to ensure a high status in the nation's classrooms. The report also urges policymakers to craft new assessments for all the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — that test students to probe for a deeper understanding of the material, and for states to hold their districts accountable to high standards for those subjects. More



Report: Education in the IT market
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A new report from the Computing Technology Industry Association, outlines information technology needs, obstacles and attitudes of the education market. The report, which is broken down into four parts, surveyed 500 United States educators and administrators, roughly 350 of whom are from the K-12 sector. About 78 percent of those surveyed agreed technology had a net positive impact on education, but varied their level of satisfaction with the educational technology implementation, as well as obstacles impeding IT goals. More



Learning at home can mitigate living in poverty
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Quality home learning experiences help prepare children for kindergarten, even if they live in poverty, United States researchers found. Eileen T. Rodriguez of Mathematica Policy Research Inc., who conducted the research, says previous research found children living in poverty are, on average, not as ready to start school as children from middle-income homes. More



NAACP lawsuit shifts school debate
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Some critics of charter schools say charters are crowding out the public school system they were meant to supplement. That argument is the crux of a lawsuit filed by the NAACP and the United Federation of Teachers against the New York City Department of Education. They charge the city with favoritism toward 18 charter schools that share space in public schools. More

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Bullying Prevention: Is Empathy the Key?

No school can be a great school unless students feel safe. Neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy.
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Feds review Hawaii's progress on 'Race to the Top'
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Federal education officials visited Honolulu to review how well Hawaii is implementing its "Race to the Top" plans. Hawaii last year received a $75 million "Race to the Top" federal grant in support of education reform and boosting student achievement. Hawaii was one of just 11 states and the District of Columbia to receive the grant money. More



Arizona strains to keep tally of K-12 students
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An outdated and overburdened computer system has Arizona struggling to track its approximately 1 million K-12 students, state officials say, a troubling predicament because school funding, grants and required federal reporting all hinge on an accurate accounting. The system, in use for about 10 years, is charged with keeping track of how many students attend the state's 224 districts and 510 charter schools for how many hours each day. It gathers test scores and other data to gauge academic progress among both students and schools. More

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Illinois Schools Implement Lexia, Improve

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Florida teachers sue state over 'unconstitutional' pay cut to balance the budget
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Before Florida and local governments take the first dime from the paychecks of teachers, police and state workers to put in the state pension plan, three unions filed suit against Gov. Rick Scott and other trustees of the state retirement plan, alleging the move is an unconstitutional violation and a taking of their personal property. More

Idaho school officials knock new data system
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Public schools are overwhelmingly "unhappy and frustrated" with Idaho's installation of a new data system designed to collect and monitor student test scores, attendance and other data, according to district business managers. Tom Taggart, president-elect of the Idaho Association of School Business Officials, told lawmakers there are serious concerns about the new longitudinal data system, which is designed to track students from the time they enroll in kindergarten. More

Oregon Legislature unleashes flood of education bills, from open enrollment to all-day kindergarten
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Oregon lawmakers ended a deadlock over school reform by approving a torrent of legislation that has the potential to remake the state's educational system. Legislators gave final approval to bills to allow students to cross district lines to attend a favored school, create a powerful board overseeing investment in all levels of education and spur districts to offer all-day kindergarten. More

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Louisiana Senate stalls school textbook bill
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Louisiana Senators have refused to consider a proposal to give local school districts more freedom to choose the textbooks they use, a measure that opponents say is a back-door attempt to introduce creationism in science classes. The measure by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, needs a two-thirds vote of the Senate to be debated in the final days of the session. More

Ohio House passes bill on school bullying policies
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Ohio schools would have to educate students and their parents about the districts' bans on bullying and harassment under a bill passed by the Ohio House. Representatives voted 84-12 to require age-appropriate instruction on bullying policies in schools that get public money. Students could be taught about the policies in the classroom or in an assembly setting. More

New teacher evaluation plan approved in Maryland
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A council of Maryland educators and policymakers approved a new model for evaluating teachers and principals that will be tried out in Prince George's County and six other school systems this fall. The system will tie 50 percent of future evaluations to student test scores or other student growth measures, a step that many teachers oppose. Teachers will not be rated as "effective" unless their students show progress. More

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Schools' dilemma: Workers don't have to accept pay cuts that Washington state passed
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Seattle school administrators proposed a budget with one, big question mark: Will teachers, principals and other school staff accept $4 million in pay cuts that were approved in Olympia? They don't have to. Under their union contracts, employees aren't required to give up a cent in salary, no matter what state lawmakers voted. But administrators are asking them to do so, hoping to avoid cutting $4 million from other areas, some of which they have cut already. More

After rejecting teacher raises, CPS set to approve pay hikes for executives
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Though they voted to rescind four percent pay raises for teachers and union school workers, the Chicago Board of Education is expected to approve salaries for the newly installed Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and four other top executives that, by and large, mark substantial increases over their predecessors' pay. More



Crayola grant: Deadline approaching!
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Strengthen arts education in your school with a 2011 grant to Champion Creatively Alive Children, a national program funded by Crayola and supported by NAESP's National Principals Resource Center. Crayola will award up to 20 grants, which include a $2,500 monetary award and $500 worth of Crayola products. More

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Parenting.com school transformation grant
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Win a $20,000 grant to furnish educational resources for students — anything from textbooks to playground equipment, new computers to art supplies. The winning school will be determined by visitors to Parenting.com, who will vote for the school of their choice. 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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