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Rep. Kline: Cut strings on education money
The Associated Press via Minnesota Public Radio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Minnesota congressman who chairs the U.S. House education committee proposed to cut some strings that come with federal education money, but his new bill drew quick criticism from the U.S. Department of Education. Republican Rep. John Kline introduced the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act, which is the third in a series of bills to overhaul the No Child Left Behind education law. The legislation would allow schools to take money intended for one educational purpose, such as for poor or migrant children, and spend it on another school priority, such as teacher training or reading programs. More

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Elementary principals urged to add, expand pre-K programs
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At the same time the National Association of Elementary School Principals is urging policymakers to clear the way for a strong pipeline from pre-kindergarten to third-grade, it also has advice for principals who want to start or strengthen pre-K programs in their schools. The latest issue of Principal includes an article co-written by Ellen Frede and Steven Barnett of the National Institute for Early Education Research. It details 10 steps elementary school principals can take right now to offer pre-K in their schools and link it to success in the early elementary grades. More



The cooking room: A practical approach to food for elementary school kids
The Huffington Post (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Cooking Room is a classroom in a NYC Public School dedicated solely to teaching elementary school kids how to create tasty food with real, fresh, non-processed ingredients. Dorothy Hamilton, of the International Culinary Center/French Culinary Institute, created a practical, hands on food education/cooking curriculum at the elementary school level. What became clear was that The Cooking Room curriculum needed to dovetail with what was already being taught in the classroom. More



Mississippi requires new history curriculum
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via SunHerald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mississippi recently released a new history curriculum that will be required in all the state's school districts this year. Several districts adopted the new curriculum last year. Among other things, it requires eighth-graders to analyze the philosophy of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence, compare and contrast major documents — including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution — and describe and explain the role of the Founding Fathers and their impact on the development of America's political landscape. More


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The disruption of blended learning
THE Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Blended learning isn't like other technology-driven movements in education. It isn't about supporting current instructional models. In fact, just the opposite, according to researcher and education analyst Heather Staker: It's about eliminating the "monolithic, factory-based architecture of today's school system" altogether. More

Integrated data systems link schools and communities
Harvard Education Letter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A few years ago, Milbrey McLaughlin, professor emeritus of Stanford University’s School of Education, presided over a briefing with a group of concerned youth services workers in northern California. The group had convened to discuss the results of a study exploring the relationship between court dependency and school performance. Emotions in the room rose as the evidence was presented. Court-dependent youth were falling behind their nondependent peers in category after category. Children in foster care received lower standardized test scores than nondependent youth. They had higher rates of absence, of mobility and of grade retention. More

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Pulling together a small school tech upgrade
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When Kathy Peck came onboard as principal at Saint Joseph School a year ago, the Rockville, CT-based institution was pretty far behind on the technology curve. "The lab had been disbanded and was being used for something else; teachers had maybe one desktop per classroom," recalled Peck. "There wasn't much of anything running very well, technology-wise." Peck tells how she rounded up funding and support for a full-blown technology overhaul on campus. More

Sports ease aggression in boys
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A study of children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds found a continuous program of various sports helps ease aggression in boys, Israeli researchers say. Keren Shahar, a student at Tel Aviv University's Bob Shapell School of Social Work, said her study involved 649 children from low socioeconomic backgrounds and found sports helped improve self-control and discipline and lowered feelings of aggression in the children overall. More



Partisan fights, budget cuts complicate school funding education week
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After months of negotiation and partisan squabbling, states across the country have produced budgets for the new fiscal year that in many cases will bring deep cuts to state spending, including money for schools. Numerous states' budgets were postscripts to divisive legislative sessions that saw newly elected Republican governors and lawmakers successfully push for big policy changes, including reductions in teachers' collective bargaining rights. More

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Survey shows bullying a top concern among Virginia public school students
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bullying remains the top safety concern among Virginia's public school students, according to a statewide survey of principals and superintendents. The Virginia School Safety Survey found that among the 737 elementary, middle and high schools that gave students anonymous safety surveys, bullying emerged as students' main concern at all grade levels in 2009-2010, the most recent data available. More

Student learning added to educators review criteria in North Carolina
The Associated Press via The Daily Reflector    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
North Carolina teachers and principals will be evaluated in part on whether students in their classrooms are learning over the course of a school year, the state Board of Education decided. Meanwhile, the state school board also decided to find out whether any foundations are interested in paying for a summer school program for some of the state's gifted students. More

Walker, education leaders seek new school evaluation system
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A system of clear, plentiful and sophisticated information for judging the quality of almost every school in Wisconsin, replacing a system that leaves a lot to be desired on those fronts — that is the goal of a collaboration that includes Gov. Scott Walker, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers and leaders of eight statewide education organizations. More

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Washington, DC, middle school test scores up, some elementary
scores slip

The Washington Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recent test scores show long-term improvement among Washington, D.C., students, despite concerns about cheating and a dip in reading proficiency this year at the elementary school level, city officials said. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the results of the 2011 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System before a filled room at Safe Shores Child Advocacy Center in Northwest. More

Interim chief takes first steps to combat Atlanta's cheating scandal
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis began to dismantle former school chief Beverly Hall's administration, promising a host of changes that included academic reviews for students affected by the system's cheating scandal, more ethics training for teachers and scrutiny of unusual test scores. More

Conflict hampering public school reforms in Hawaii
Honolulu Star-Advertiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Continuing turmoil surrounding a new contract for public school teachers could delay key Race to the Top education reforms that require union approval in Hawaii, including several the state pledged to launch in the approaching school year. Lawmakers, education analysts and others said strained relations between the state and Hawaii State Teachers Association will almost certainly make for harder discussions about such issues as revamped teacher evaluations, the tenure system and incentive pay. More



Crayola grant: Deadline Friday
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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 Foundation's expert panel discusses pre-K-3 alignment
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NAESP held a briefing last week to highlight recommendations from the NAESP Foundation's Task Force on Early Learning. Listen to the entire discussion here. More


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