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Senate clears way for $26 billion in state aid
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The Senate cleared the way for a $26 billion package of aid to states and school districts, and the House speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she would summon members from their summer recess to grant final approval to the bill. The measure had been hung up by partisan wrangling between Democrats, who said it was necessary to avert layoffs of teachers and cutbacks in services by strapped states, and Republicans, who objected to another round of government spending and characterized it as a political payoff to unions. More

Finalists for US education innovation dollars announced
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The finalists were chosen from nearly 1,700 applications to the Investment in Innovation program. They include one of the country's most successful charter school organizations, and a nonprofit group that trains top college students to teach in poor communities. More



States slash pre-K programs as budgets bleed
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States are slashing nearly $350 million from their pre-K programs by next year and more cuts are likely on the horizon once federal stimulus money dries up, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. The reductions mean fewer slots for children, teacher layoffs and even fewer services for needy families who can't afford high-quality private preschool programs. More

Report: When/why progress in closing achievement gap stalled
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Progress seen over several decades in narrowing the educational achievement gap between black and white students has remained stalled for 20 years, according to data analyzed in a new report. More

University education researcher trying iPad in K-8 Classrooms
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Through a partnership with a large urban school district in Utah, a research project at the University of Cincinnati will experiment with the use of Apple iPads in K-8 classrooms. The initiative will test the use of 35 Apple iPads to collect educational research in a federally funded partnership to improve teacher quality in elementary math and science education. An overarching purpose for the project, however, is to help schools to become greener and reduce the amount of paper shuttled among researchers and stored for archival purposes. More

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School clinics await funds from health care reform
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School-based health centers, which provide comprehensive medical care to students beyond the standard school-nurse clinic model, are awaiting a big boost from the federal government under the law overhauling the nation's health care system. The legislation provides for $200 million over four years to help centers pay for capital improvements, like buying medical equipment or expanding or improving building space, and it authorizes the government to distribute additional money for operating costs, such as salaries for medical professionals. More



Rethinking digital copyright laws
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The U.S. Copyright Office ruled that K-12 students and educators could use free online software to get screen grabs and short clips without copying DVDs. However, Renee Hobbs also reports that K-12 educators and students who would like to show their movies at public screenings or festivals and need high-quality images are allowed to use DVD clips under a special exemption outlined by the new rulings to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. More

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Oregon schools attain better ratings under No Child Left Behind
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Oregon schools performed better this year as judged under the federal No Child Left Behind law, with high schools showing the most notable gains. Thirty-five of the state's 230 high schools — including Forest Grove, Sherwood, Southridge of Beaverton and Franklin of Portland — raised student achievement enough to meet every federal performance target after falling short last year, according to results released. More

California schools shift to national standards
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California joined more than 30 states in approving national K-12 academic standards for math and language arts. Jumping onto the bandwagon of uniform standards has been a controversial issue in California, with many expressing concern that the national guidelines might water down the state's standards. More

Colorado state school board adopts federal standards in bid for funds
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The Colorado state school board voted 4-3 to adopt national standards for math and language arts in a move that critics said was akin to allowing a federal takeover of education. The U.S. Department of Education enticed states to approve the K-12 standards to improve the odds of landing a part of $3.4 billion in Race to the Top competitive grants. Colorado is a finalist for up to $175 million in the Race to the Top challenge. States that had adopted the standards earn points in the competition. More

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Venture Philanthropy gives $5.5 million for expansion of KIPP DC charter schools
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A $5.5 million gift will dramatically help expand a network of high-performing charter schools in the city, with a goal of more than doubling the number of students enrolled by 2015. The grant by Venture Philanthropy Partners, a nonprofit organization using the principles of venture-capital investment to help children from low-income families in the Washington region, will fund Knowledge Is Power Program schools. More

Indiana adopts national public education standards
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Indiana education leaders officially agreed to be part of new national guidelines about what school students should learn and when. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and other state officials lauded the new education standards as much simpler than what the state has now. More

Westest growing pains are necessary
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New, tougher Westest standards might make it appear that student achievement has declined this year, but education officials say the results will provide a clearer picture of how West Virginia stacks up to national and international competitors. Bill Mullett, Kanawha schools' director for counseling and testing, said state officials have increased "cut scores" on every section of the Westest two this year. That means students need to score more points to achieve "mastery," an indication they are keeping up with their grade-level's curriculum. More

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Developing creative children in a climate of standardized testing
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In the latest segment of NAESP Radio, Gail Kulick, principal of Resica Elementary School in East Stroudsburg, Penn., discusses the classroom practices she and her teachers use to foster creativity and incorporate arts education into core subjects such as science and math. More

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NAESP Foundation announces online auction
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To kick off the 2010-2011 school year, the NAESP Foundation and My School Auctions will be holding an online auction from Sept. 16-30. You're invited to join us as we "test drive" a fabulous new approach to fundraising and help raise money for the NAESP Foundation. Starting Sept. 16, you can bid on a fabulous variety of items all starting at $1 with no reserve! Proceeds will go to the NAESP Foundation. Visit the NAESP website on Aug. 23 to preview our exciting items!
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