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Union shifts position on teacher evaluations
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Catching up to the reality already faced by many of its members, the nation’s largest teachers' union affirmed for the first time that evidence of student learning must be considered in the evaluations of school teachers around the country. In passing the new policy at its assembly, the 3.2 million-member National Education Association hopes to take a leadership role in the growing national movement to hold teachers accountable for what students learn — an effort from which it has so far conspicuously stood apart. More

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Fear of more failing test scores sets off clash over No Child Left Behind
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With the clock ticking, federal education officials fear that calamity awaits. If Congress doesn't move quickly to change the No Child Left Behind law, they project that a whopping 82 percent of the nation's public schools could fail to meet proficiency targets this year, facing sanctions that ultimately can include a loss of federal aid. That's up from 37 percent last year. More



Pro-drilling group develops middle school curriculum
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A jobs curriculum funded by the Marcellus shale industry could be in western Pennsylvania middle schools as early as fall. Four Marcellus shale drilling companies donated most of the $65,000 that the nonprofit Junior Achievement of western Pennsylvania spent to research and develop its new Careers in Energy program, said Bill Lucas, JA's chief development officer. More



Indiana schools ending cursive writing requirement this fall; shift to keyboard skills
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The days when Indiana's elementary school students were required to perfect the looping script of cursive handwriting are coming to an end. Starting this fall, the state Department of Education will no longer require Indiana's public schools to teach cursive writing. More

Project lets K-12 students archive websites
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Students from schools across the country are participating in a project that archives websites in an effort to save important digital content for future generations. The K-12 Web Archiving Program, a partnership between the Internet Archive and the Library of Congress, explores archiving the web from students' perspectives. Students use Internet Archive's Archive-It service to create "time capsules" of different websites and digital content that is important to the students or that illustrates the students' world. More


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Experts warn: Educators need training to understand common standards
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Experts urged states to take advantage of the ways in which new common standards are different from the state standards already in place, leveraging them to provide better learning for students and a path to better practice for teachers. Delegations of top curriculum leaders and board of education members from 13 states gathered to brainstorm about implementing the common core standards, which have been adopted by all but four states, and to hear advice from experts. More

Navigating the landmines of technology misuse
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Among the many challenges facing district leaders, student safety can be particularly difficult as new technologies allow for instant and constant communication. Recent tragic events, most notably the suicide of a Rutgers University student after an intimate sexual encounter was broadcast live via the Internet without his knowledge or permission, have brought increased attention and awareness of the danger of misuse of these technologies. But what can school districts do to protect students and staff without violating their constitutional rights? More

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New teachers face tight market with jobs scarce
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The number of openings for United States teachers has dropped dramatically in the last few years, a reflection of the economy for scores of local education grads hoping to land jobs this summer. "We are operating in a very different climate than in years past. The budget cuts mean that we simply don't have as many positions available for external hiring compared to the past," said Sheila Redick, spokeswoman for Memphis City Schools’ Office of Strategic Teacher Recruitment and Staffing. More

Schools find uses for predictive data techniques
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The use of analytic tools to predict student performance is exploding in higher education, and experts say the tools show even more promise for K-12 schools, in everything from teacher placement to dropout prevention. Use of such statistical techniques is hindered in precollegiate schools, however, by a lack of researchers trained to help districts make sense of the data, according to education watchers. More

School fundraisers offset extracurricular fees
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Budget cuts that have forced school districts to impose fees to offset the costs of sports, travel and costumes are spurring an increase in fundraisers among student athletes, singers and club members across Indiana this summer. Teams always have conducted summertime fundraisers to help reduce costs shouldered by parents. But with new districtwide fees for students to participate in sports and other activities, fundraisers are taking on a new importance. For some students, they're the only way they can stay in sports or after-school groups. More



Race to the Top draft guidelines released for early learning grant money
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A $500 million federal competition for early education money will stress assessment, teacher training and program alignment, according to an announcement by officials from the White House, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. "We're really announcing something historic," Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for education in the White House Domestic Policy Council, said. More

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Education department to examine state, local bullying policies
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Bullying, its prevention, and punishment remain a major goal of the United States Department of Education. This fall, the federal government will begin a study project that looks at how local bullying policies are put into action in several individual school districts and states. Around the same time, they will share the results of an analysis of current state anti-bullying laws and model policies. More



California teenagers to get whooping cough vaccination
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A California law that takes effect requires all students in seventh- through 12th-grade to get booster vaccinations to combat what state health officials say is an outbreak of the illness. More than 9,000 cases of the bacterial infection were reported in California last year, marking the state's biggest outbreak of whooping cough, which is also known as pertussis, in over 60 years. More

Tests raise questions about longer school day
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and new leaders of Chicago Public Schools have been pushing for a longer school day and year to raise student performance. But Illinois test results show that charter schools–which typically have more instructional time–actually have a lower percentage of students exceeding state standards. Overall, state scores on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test were up in Chicago Public Schools. More

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School year in Texas will start without new textbooks
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After months of working to shield classroom instruction from budget-cutting frenzies, school districts will have to start classes in August without new textbooks. The Texas Education Agency confirmed that an ongoing reconfiguration of its online ordering system coupled with a delay in state funding for textbooks will postpone the arrival of new books beyond the start of school the week of Aug. 24 and likely into September. 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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NAESP report outlines pre-K-3 transformation strategies
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The NAESP Foundation Task Force on Early Learning, with support from the ING Foundation, has released a new report with 10 action steps to improve early childhood education. More


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