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5 more states granted NCLB waivers
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Five more states have been granted relief from key requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, bringing the total to 24 states given waivers, an Obama administration official said. Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia will be freed from the No Child Left Behind requirement that all students test proficient in math and science by 2014, a goal the nation remains far from achieving. In exchange, the states and all others granted waivers must develop accountability plans that set new targets for raising achievement, advancing teacher effectiveness, preparing all students for careers and college, and improving the performance of low-performing schools. More


Health care ruling has implications for education spending
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The part of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision upholding the new federal health care law which also held that its Medicaid expansion was unduly coercive on the states likely has implications for federal education spending programs. In fact, just as they did at oral arguments in March over the Affordable Care Act, the justices in their opinions raised several education laws and cases, making comparisons between the federal health insurance program for the poor and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, for example. Some of the justices most critical of the health law also appeared concerned about an ever-expanding federal role in education. More

Girls have edge with hands-on science tasks, NAEP suggests
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Although girls trail boys in science achievement based on some measures, including recent NAEP and Advanced Placement data, here's an interesting plot twist: When it comes to applying their science knowledge through hands-on activities, girls may have, well, the upper hand. That's based on data in a special NAEP report, which went beyond the main paper-and-pencil test. It focused on students' ability to perform scientific investigations, draw valid conclusions and explain their results. More

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Communities recognized for literacy work
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Twenty-five communities are being recognized for their work to ensure that children are reading proficiently by the time they reach third grade. The awards are part of an ongoing movement called the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which has organized a network of communities that have pledged to press hard on the goal of third grade reading proficiency. As we told you last year, dozens of cities have joined the effort. As of July 1, 124 cities in 34 states are participating. The efforts are designed to involve not just city governments and school districts, but philanthropies and local nonprofits, businesses and social-service agencies. More

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Big data has come to education: Why openness must come next
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In San Diego, teachers, educational leaders and companies in the education industry from around the world will gather at the annual International Society for Technology in Education conference to explore just how technology can and is being used to improve elementary and secondary education. And while many different types of technology — from cloud-based curricula to adaptive learning systems to large interactive screens — will be on display, there's one important trait that almost all of them share: the ability to collect and analyze vast amounts of student data. More


Students who harassed bus monitor Karen Klein suspended 1 year
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The four middle school students who verbally harassed bus monitor Karen Klein will each be suspended from school and bus transportation for one year and must complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens, according to a statement released by the Greece Central School District in New York. In the statement, Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said the students and their families waived their right to a due process hearing and agreed to the disciplinary measures. The students will be transferred to the district Reengagement Center in a non-school facility, where students can stay on track academically and "take responsibility for their actions by completing community service hours and receiving formal instruction related to conduct and behavior that prepares them for a productive future," according to the district's statement. More

Project to evaluate use of tablets in schools
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Tablets — with their lightweight portability and interactive touch screens—have been hailed as the next "must have" as schools move toward mobile computing. But questions linger: How much network access do students need? How can schools ensure that students will use the devices appropriately? Does more time using mobile devices translate into better academic performance? More

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Whiteboard Advisors report: 0 percent of education insiders satisfied with Congress
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All education "insiders" disapprove of the way Congress handles education, according to a new report. The report, called "Common Core, RTT-D and Student Loans," was released by Whiteboard Advisors, an education consulting practice. The report surveys "a small group of key education influentials" on a variety of education related topics. The surveyed individuals — typically numbering between 50 and 75 — include policymakers, association heads and Department of Education staff. More


New anti-bullying caucus forms in US House
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When Congressman Mike Honda was an infant, his family was plucked out of California and placed in the Amache Japanese Interment Camp in Colorado. His family spent four years there before returning to California. At first, for Honda, the lesson was that the U.S. government and then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt were bullies. Honda's father, who eventually went to work for the military to teach Japanese, set his son straight. The camps were a mistake, a failure of leadership at the time, he told his son, who has served in Congress since 2000, a Democrat representing part of northern California. More

Gov. Christie may veto bill curbing tenure for school teachers
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he may veto a bill weakening teacher-tenure protections that won unanimous approval in the Democratic-controlled Legislature because it doesn't go far enough. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Teresa Ruiz, D-Newark, who leads the education committee, would allow public school districts to strip educators of tenure if they are deemed ineffective in two consecutive performance reviews. It also would lengthen to four years from three the time it would take to earn tenure. More

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Florida's push for digital textbooks, tests has schools scrambling
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Students at Lake Minneola High School spent the year reading from shiny, new iPads instead of textbooks, something many say helped them stay engaged with schoolwork. At the first-year school in Lake County, almost 2,000 gadgets infiltrated the classrooms. Theater students rehearsed with iPads instead of paper scripts, and math students could watch their teacher via pre-recorded videos from home. Electronics and digital upgrades are becoming a larger part of Florida classrooms, fueled by a state push for schools to start adopting all-digital textbooks by 2015-16 and to test more students online. At Audubon Park Elementary School in Orange County, students can tote personal electronics into the classroom to connect to the Internet. And at Ocoee Middle School, students learning English can use school-issued iPods to record themselves so a teacher can monitor their fluency. More

Deep cuts to Oakland schools' special education programs, made in the last week of school, blindside teachers and families
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The Oakland school district's special-education programs will take a $4.3 million hit next school year under a plan to fix a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall discovered just a month ago. The plan to slash the department's budget by more than 6 percent just weeks before the budget deadline was quietly announced on the last week of school in an internal memo to a group of special-education employees. The memo outlines how costs would be cut: bigger class sizes, caseloads pushed to the legal maximum and fewer teachers, aides and other employees, mostly reduced through employees gradually leaving and not being replaced. More


San Antonio's mayor wants 1/8¢ tax to finance pre-K
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since Texas lawmakers cut over $200 million in grants that supported full-day public prekindergarten in 2011, school districts have worked to fill in where the state left off. They have started to charge tuition or to eliminate other programs in favor of keeping the full-day programs alive. Now, in what appears to be an unprecedented move in the state, a Texas city is looking to take direct action to support such pre-K programs. Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio is asking voters for a sales tax increase of one-eighth of a cent that would finance full-day pre-K, primarily for low-income 4-year-olds in the city. More

New child literacy standards headline new laws
The Associated Press via The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A sweeping change to how Colorado teaches children how to read took affect July 1, the first of day of Colorado's fiscal year and common start date for new legislation. The child literacy bill won't go until full effect for years, but its enactment sets in motion a dramatic revision to statewide benchmarks for making sure pupils read by fourth grade. Colorado lawmakers couldn't agree this year on several major proposals, including legislation to allow civil unions for same-sex couples and a measure to set a new legal standard for driving under of the influence of marijuana. The literacy bill was among the most notable achievements of the legislative session, which ended in May. More

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Schools in Missouri, Illinois get creative with summer programs amid budget crunches
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Dressed in safari guide attire, summer school students stood in front of the paper trees, waterfalls and animals they had created in a hallway at Trautwein Elementary in Missouri and told other students what they had learned about rainforests. Some of the students are in the summer program to catch up, but for others it's a fun way to keep up or enrich their skills. Teachers say all students can benefit from programs like the one at Trautwein that keep reading, writing and math skills fresh, and, hopefully, prevent the summer learning loss that can take weeks to rebound from when the new school year begins. Researchers say the effects of that summer slide can be long term and widen the achievement gap for low-income students. More

Portsmouth middle school in New Hampshire, teachers prank students, dance behind them in hilarious footage
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The season of senior pranks, and senior pranks gone wrong, is coming to a close — but not without one last hilarious hoorah at Portsmouth Middle School in Portsmouth, N.H. What students thought was an innocent attempt to gauge who the favorite teachers at the school were this year, was really a hilarious opportunity for teachers to bust a move covertly behind the students' backs. Clever. More

Catch up on Principal's hottest articles
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Summer offers you the perfect time to catch up on the topics from Principal you might have missed this year and in years past. Between relaxing on the beach and teeing off on the golf course, pencil in time to peruse our "best of the best" article list, featuring some of the most popular and most-clicked-on pieces from the online version of the magazine. More

NAESP co-publishes book by Yong Zhao
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Yong Zhao, author and thought leader in global education, struck a chord at the 2012 NAESP Annual Conference and Expo when he said, "Children are like popcorn. Some pop early and some pop late." In a new book co-published by NAESP and Corwin, Zhao explores how teachers and principals can nurture students' individuality and creativity. Explore "World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students" for more ideas and inspiration. More


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