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More states defying federal government on education law
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At least three states are vowing to ignore the latest requirements under the No Child Left Behind law in an act of defiance against the federal government that demonstrates their growing frustration over an education program they say sets unrealistic benchmarks for schools. The law sets a goal of having 100 percent of students proficient in math and reading by 2014, but states were allowed to establish how much schools must improve each year. Many states saved the biggest leaps for the final years, anticipating the law would be changed. More

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Web restrictions draw ire of some educators
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Some educators say banned websites pose as great a threat to kids' education and intellectual freedom as book banning. Many schools use "brute force" tools that block good educational sites, says Karen Cator, the U.S. Department of Education's director of educational technology. Cator says she has urged schools to use more sophisticated, updated software and to educate themselves on the actual filtering rules, which are less restrictive than many educators believe. More



Common-core writers craft curriculum criteria
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New guidelines on crafting curriculum materials for the common standards in English/language arts are reigniting debate about how to ensure a marketplace of good instructional materials for the new standards without crossing the line into telling teachers how to teach. The focal point of the conversations is a set of "publishers' criteria" issued recently by the two lead writers of the English/language arts section of the common standards, which have been adopted by all but five states. More



Texas education panel OKs science materials
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A newfound sense of compromise between the two factions of the State Board of Education allowed both sides to walk away satisfied with the adoption of new science materials for Texas public schools. The handling of the theory of evolution in high school biology was, once again, the point of contention between the conservative bloc and a more moderate group on the Republican-dominated board. More


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K-12 to see double-digit growth in e-Learning through 2015
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Worldwide, the growth of electronic learning technologies and services is slowing. But the growth in K-12 electronic learning in the United States will continue in the double digits at least through 2015, according to a revised e-learning forecast released. More

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Illinois Schools Implement Lexia, Improve

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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Readers: Here's how educators really spend their summers
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Though barbeques and traveling are still on educators' summer "to-do" lists, many go above-and-beyond by reflecting and implementing improvements, getting professional development and even creating resource spreadsheets for themselves and for their peers. More

Facebook, Time Warner team up to fight bullies
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Facebook and Time Warner are ganging up on bullies to address a problem that torments millions of children and young adults. The partnership announced calls for Facebook and Time Warner to use their clout to raise awareness about bullying and encourage more people to report the abuses when they see them. More

NRF: Back-to-school CE spending to rise 12 percent
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Back-to-school spending on consumer electronics is expected to increase 12 percent to nearly $7.2 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Research shows that families with kids in grades K-12 plan to spend an average of $189.51 on computers, cellphones, MP3 players, tablets and other devices, up from $181.61 last year. More

Education schools' pedagogical puzzle
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There are wide concerns that too many teachers are unprepared for the classroom, though they may have more educational credentials than ever before. Master's degrees are required for permanent certification in only a few states, including New York and Kentucky. But data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics show that 52 percent of kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers have a master's degree or higher — which often qualifies them for a pay bump. More

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Playground Liability: Accident or Injury

Injuries on school playgrounds are often found to be preventable through established rules and "active" supervision. How to supervise adequately is explored.
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Mobile learning: Are we on the cusp of something big?
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One of the most exciting things about living in the digital age is witnessing huge cultural changes occur in real time. We're at just that point now with mobile learning. Whether it's on an e-reader, a tablet or a cell phone, there's great excitement — though not a lot of research yet — around the potential of how these devices can strengthen learning. More



Corporations pledge $100 million after White House meeting
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President Barack Obama met with a group of business executives at the White House to discuss ways to ensure a competitive workforce in the future. After the meeting, the executives committed more than $100 million from their companies to support educational programs. Two major initiatives make up the bulk of new money pledged. America's Promise Alliance, a coalition of more than 400 corporations led by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, committed to raise $50 million to reduce the nation's dropout rate by improving some of the lowest-performing K-12 schools. More

Study questions whether 'i3' found innovation
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The U.S. Department of Education's $650 million experiment to find and scale up innovative education ideas was a mixed success — for the first time, money was awarded to programs that showed evidence of past success, but those rigorous standards also produced a list of winners full of the "usual suspects," a new report finds. The report released hammered away at a crucial question: Was the Obama administration's Investing in Innovation program successful in finding truly innovative ideas that will improve K-12 education? More



Chicago Public Schools principals can hire teachers even if they failed controversial survey
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Chicago Public Schools principals are no longer prohibited from hiring teachers who scored low on a preapplication screening, CEO Jean-Claude Brizard told them, a day after officials had defended the process. The 100-plus-question survey was designed to bring the best teachers to the classroom, said CPS Chief Human Capital Officer Alicia Winckler. But applicants and union officials complained that the questions were subjective and that the multiple-choice format didn't allow them to fully answer questions. Principals said they were barred from hiring applicants who scored low on the test. More

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Indianapolis experts split on whether private managers can help failing schools
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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett insists Indiana must have the "courage" to resurrect failing schools — even if that means possibly handing over up to seven schools to private companies to manage. The question being raised, though, isn't about courage. It's about competency, and whether any business can succeed where educators have failed. More



Call for Proposals Now Open for 2012 Conference
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Submit a proposal to present a concurrent session at NAESP's 2012 conference March 22-24 in Seattle. More

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Principals' Buyers Guide — the best way to find what your school needs
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With summer slipping away and back-to-school season looming, now is the perfect time to visit the Principals' Buyers Guide. It's your ticket to a virtual exhibit hall of suppliers and the latest innovations for schools. Take a look around today. 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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