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US to grant waivers for No Child Left Behind
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a growing number of states rebelling against the No Child Left Behind law and stalled efforts in Congress to reform it, the Obama administration says it will grant waivers to liberate states from a law that it considers dysfunctional. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he is taking action because of "universal clamoring" from officials in nearly every state, who say they cannot meet the unrealistic requirements of the nine-year-old federal education law. More

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Is year-round schooling on track?
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For administrators, teachers, students and their families in some districts, summer isn't what it used to be. Trying to stem a "summer slide" of learning loss by students and also to avoid having to build more schools to cope with overcrowding, districts are operating on year-round schedules. But the results appear to be mixed, and some districts are backtracking on their strategies. More



Draft content frameworks released for common standards
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Many educators and analysts have noted that there is a lot of empty space between adopting the new common standards and testing students to gauge mastery of those standards. Now, we are starting to see efforts to fill that space. More

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Does class size really matter?
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Conventional wisdom tell us that smaller class size is crucial for learning — that kids of all ages learn more in smaller groups. But there is a substantial body of research to suggest that kids in small classes don't necessarily learn more. In the range of things that schools can do to improve outcomes, reducing class size may rank a distant fourth behind solid teacher training, a clear and well-sequenced curriculum, and a staff that is well supported and regularly evaluated. More

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Study: Preschoolers' sack lunches reach unsafe temperatures
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The vast majority of sack lunches that kids bring to school aren't properly cooled or refrigerated and could pose a health hazard to young children, a new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests. In the first study of its kind, researchers in Texas visited nine preschool child-care centers on three separate occasions and measured the temperature of hundreds of sandwiches, yogurts, and other perishable lunch foods brought from home, using a heat-sensing gun. More

6th-grade shift: Students face middle school challenges
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Incoming sixth-graders scurry through the halls of Haughton Middle School in Louisiana looking to have their campus "passports" stamped at each location: the cafeteria, counselor's office, gymnasium. Learning the way around school is a main focus of sixth-grade orientations which are designed to help students make the sometimes difficult transition from elementary to middle school. More

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Kids who use Facebook do worse in school
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That Facebook is hugely distracting is hardly stop-the-presses kind of news, but parents might be dismayed to learn that the social-media site can hobble learning and make kids less healthy and more depressed. Research has found that students in middle school, high school and college who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period got lower grades. More

Pediatricians: Sports in heat OK with precautions
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Playing sports in hot, steamy weather is safe for healthy children and teen athletes, so long as precautions are taken and the drive to win doesn't trump common sense, the nation's largest pediatricians group says. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics arrive just as school sports ramp up in sultry August temperatures. More

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Impact of hand hygiene knowledge on risk of infection at elementary schools
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According to two studies published in the American Journal of Infection Control better knowledge of hand hygiene positively corresponds to a decreased risk of transmitting infection among both health care workers and elementary school children. More

Educators discuss biggest misconceptions about their profession
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It seems everyone has an opinion about teachers and their profession these days, and most of them aren't teachers. eSchool News polled readers to explore ten common myths about teaching. More

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Obama will bypass Congress in easing No Child Left Behind law
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President Barack Obama's administration will offer states relief from the nation's main public-education law if they agree to his schools agenda. States can avoid provisions of the No Child Left Behind law if they sign off on yet-unspecified administration "reform," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and White House domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes said. More

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Jeb Bush: Lead or get out of the way on schools
Politico (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From managing our nation's finances to designing policies that create more jobs for America's workers and graduates, federal leaders are consumed by capital related decisions. But education must be a top priority. It nurtures our most precious natural resource — the human capital of the skills and talents of our young people. More



California loses federal funds for teacher database
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The California Department of Education must return a $6 million federal grant intended to help develop a database to track teacher and administrator information, officials said. The funds had been earmarked for the data system, which would have collected such information as which courses a teacher had taught and what credentials he or she held. Gov. Jerry Brown cut $2.1 million for the program from the state budget, although he did not ax any funding for a similar database for students. More

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Number of Texas schools not meeting federal requirements skyrockets
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The number of Texas schools failing to make adequate progress under federal law skyrocketed partly because the state eliminated a rule that allowed some students who failed state exams to be counted as passing. Texas schools failing to make "adequate yearly progress" under the No Child Left Behind Act increased to 2,233 from 368 in 2010, according to preliminary results released by the Texas Education Agency. More

Los Angeles school district rehires 450 teachers laid off in June
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The Los Angeles school district has rehired 450 elementary school teachers who had been laid off in June. The reports that the jobs were restored after "a combination of retirements, resignations, dismissals and a four-day furlough agreement with the teachers union allowed the district to rescind the layoffs." The layoffs were part of massive job cuts instituted this summer, as Los Angeles dealt with state funding cuts. Although the school district has rehired 4,170 teachers and support staff since those initial cuts were made, some 1,450 personnel remain laid off. More

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Grants, opportunities and free resources for you
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Peruse NAESP's round-up of the latest education grants and discover opportunities to support your school. Several deadlines are approaching in September, so enter soon to win big. More
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