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As budgets are trimmed, time in class is shortened
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After several years of state and local budget cuts, thousands of school districts across the nation are gutting summer-school programs, cramming classes into four-day weeks or lopping days off the school year, even though virtually everyone involved in education agrees that American students need more instruction time. More

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Arne Duncan: How Dream Act can reduce deficit
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VideoBrief During Obama's Twitter Town Hall meeting, several questions focused on United States schools' needs and budgets. Host Michel Martin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discuss No Child Left Behind, the plan aimed to improve failing public schools; as well as the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for some undocumented youth. More



Gay history bill goes to California governor
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California lawmakers sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum. The bill, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays. More


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Programs try to save students from 'summer slide' in academics
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Children — particularly those from lower-income families — lose months of reading and math skills during vacation, studies show. Schools are offering summer camp-style programs to make learning fun. More

Why school stakeholders should worry about the 'funding cliff'
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More than 80 percent of schools anticipate budget cuts in the upcoming school year, and administrators are scrambling to maintain school operations in the face of diminishing funds, warns a grim report by the Center on Education Policy. That could hinder education reform efforts that are needed to keep the country competitive in the global economy, the center warns. More



Educators in middle of debate over immigrant kids
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When an award-winning journalist recently revealed he's an illegal immigrant, two of the key players in his tale turned out to be educators who helped keep his secret. It's the kind of story teachers and principals scattered across the country know well. With some 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, educators increasingly find themselves caught between their obligation to educate each child and conflicting guidance, or simply no direction at all, about whether to help such students beyond the classroom. More

Study examines who walks to school, who takes the bus
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Fewer children are riding their bikes or walking to school than in the past, a trend that has implications for children's health. The study examines the factors that influence the likelihood of a child using active transportation — such as biking or walking — to get to school. More

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75% of kindergartners in Des Plaines, IL elementary school had no letter recognition. Lexia Reading software helped bring 88% up to speed by end of 1st grade.
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More states defiant on NCLB compliance
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With big questions still surrounding the fate of the nation's chief education accountability law, states are beginning to put federal officials on notice that they plan to disregard key pieces of the No Child Left Behind Act if Congress fails to make changes. So far, Idaho, Montana and South Dakota have notified the United States Department of Education that they will stop the clock as the 2014 deadline approaches for bringing all students to proficiency in math and language arts. More

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Arne Duncan's authority over No Child Left Behind questioned by CRS memo
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Does U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have the legal authority to move forward with a proposal that allows states to bypass school performance requirements set out by a federal law in exchange for new requirements? He might, but he might also end up in court, according to a memo by the Congressional Research Service released. More



Colorado school voucher foes seek to block program
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Groups challenging a Colorado school district's new voucher program are asking the court to block the plan while their lawsuits go forward. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a preliminary injunction to halt the program by the Douglas County School District. More

The year of school choice
The Wall Street Journal (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
School may be out for the summer, but school choice is in, as states across the nation have moved to expand education opportunities for disadvantaged kids. This year is shaping up as the best for reformers in a very long time. No fewer than 13 states have enacted school choice legislation in 2011, and 28 states have legislation pending. More

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Atlanta works to root out cheating educators
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Atlanta schools officials are trying to determine how many of the 178 teachers and principals accused of cheating are still on the job following a scathing state investigation that found some educators held "changing parties" to correct answers. The yearlong probe revealed the nation's largest cheating scandal yet on standardized tests, with nearly half of the city's 100 schools involved, and highlighted the immense pressure put on educators to produce better scores. More

From 1 struggling school to another
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More than half of the teachers pushed out of seven underperforming schools in Boston last year now work at other low-achieving schools across the city that are also under pressure to improve. The 96 teachers are among 186 who departed from the schools last summer after Superintendent Carol R. Johnson asked them to reapply for their jobs, a move that angered many of those instructors and led to a dizzying movement of teachers through the city. More



Crayola grant: Deadline next week
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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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