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States threaten to defy 'No Child Left Behind'
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VideoBrief A rebellion over "No Child Left Behind" has begun, and the starting point is Idaho. Many states say they need emergency relief from the controversial education law's requirements, or a huge number of decent schools will face sanctions. Idaho says it will just ignore the law this year. Under No Child Left Behind, Idaho is supposed to identify a growing number of schools as failing because they can't get enough students to pass a state test. More

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4 education associations team up for technology access
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Four education associations have agreed to partner with the Consortium for School Networking's online community, Access4Ed.net, to kick start a discussion on ways to provide access to technology in K-12 school districts. More



States target early years to reach 3rd-grade reading goals
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In a bid to help more students read proficiently in third-grade — a skill considered critical to their future educational success — new laws and initiatives springing up around the country require educators to step up their efforts to identify and help struggling readers even before they enter kindergarten. It's not unusual for states or school districts to consider third-grade reading proficiency a key goal; research suggests it's a pivotal skill. Policies against social promotion have hinged on it, and the earliest testing requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act attach to third-grade. More



Turning Point students rap to learn math
The Emporia Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For weeks students at Turning Point Learning Center in Kansas have been building an amusement park and learning raps to memorize math formulas. And it's all a part of an undergraduate research project. Melissa Reed, assistant professor of literacy at the Teachers College at Emporia State University, and undergraduate student Lacy Jordan, wanted to find out if integrating literacy into math lessons would help raise student achievement scores. More



Technology plays role in inappropriate student-teacher relationships
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New technological tools are providing educators with direct access to students — often unmonitored — 24 hours a day. That, coupled with the casual tone of text or online conversations, can help blur the lines of appropriateness between a student and teacher, say law enforcement officials and social media experts. More

Cheating revelations harbingers of widespread problem
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In city after city, there has been a stream of new cheating or suspected cheating revelations which, apparently, prompted United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan to send a letter to the country's state education secretaries on the importance of safeguarding the testing process. More

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Training sessions help educators teach autistic students
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Learning to work with autistic children can help educators be more effective in teaching and managing their classrooms. That's what drew a group of 24 teachers, paraeducators and other school support staff to autism training sessions last week at Cedar Heights Elementary in Washington state. More

3 keys for a successful e-portfolio implementation
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E-portfolios can be used to do more than just demonstrate student progress toward standards. They can also allow students to show who they are as individuals, while also providing a means for tracking a student's growth from kindergarten all the way through high school and beyond. More

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Great principals hire great teachers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Georgia Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, gathered some Georgia educators recently for a discussion about education issues in the state. Among the attendees was University of Georgia education professor Peter Smagorinsky. According to Smagorinsky, the educators identified finding effective leadership as a major challenge. More



4 new initiatives from the US Department of Education
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"Now is the time," said Karen Cator, director of education technology at the Department of Education. "We're at this incredible inflection point as we go from print to digital." Cator enumerated the ways in which the Department of Education is helping to make the shift between the print and digital world at the ISTE conference. More

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Lawmakers make another run at immigration bill
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Senate Democrats renewed an uphill push for legislation that would give young illegal immigrants a shot at legal status by arguing that the hundreds of thousands affected would improve the nation's economy and security. The legislation known as the DREAM Act would allow students who came to the United States as children to gain permanent residency if they go to college or serve in the military, plus meet other conditions such as passing a criminal background check. More



Schools stretch into summer to recoup snow days
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thanks to last winter's snow days, thousands of students across New England are spending the first days of summer with noses in books rather than toes in the sand. Schools that normally would have ended their academic years by now are stretching classes into the coming week to recoup days they missed during the blizzards that socked the Northeast. More

Push to repeal Ohio law on public workers gains ground
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An effort in Ohio to repeal a law reducing the power of public workers to bargain collectively moved forward, with the group leading the effort saying it had enough signatures to put it on the ballot and could deliver them to the state. More

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Bill to allow Maine's first charter schools approved
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Legislation creating Maine's first charter schools is headed to Gov. Paul LePage's desk for his signature. After years of failed attempts, advocates for charter schools finally succeeded in receiving legislative support for allowing public schools that must meet state and federal academic standards but are given more flexibility in curriculum, budgeting and other areas. More

Union sues New York state to stop teacher evaluations
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New York's largest teachers union is suing the state Board of Regents over the state's new system for evaluating public-school teachers, a move that could derail plans by the city and hundreds of other school districts to start basing reviews on how well students perform on standardized tests. More

Florida gives most elementary, middle schools A or B
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More than two-thirds of Florida's public elementary and middle schools received an A or B grade on the state's annual assessment, the Department of Education said. At the same time, few met the annual benchmarks for the percent of students reaching proficiency in math and reading under the federal No Child Left Behind law, which Congress has been struggling to reform and which both Democrats and Republicans agree needs to be fixed. More



Crayola grant: Deadline extended to July 15
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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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Help build a school in the Dominican Republic with NAESP and Lifetouch
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NAESP has partnered with Lifetouch to provide members the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Memory Mission. Apply today for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. 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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