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House passes $26 billion in state aid
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The House interrupted its summer recess to approve $26 billion in aid to school districts and states to prevent large-scale layoffs of teachers and public employees and to engage in another partisan fight over policy priorities. After the vote of 247 to 161 in favor of the legislation, President Obama quickly signed the measure at the White House, underscoring the importance Democrats place on the bill that they view as compelling evidence of their commitment to protecting American jobs. More

Public media's impact on young readers
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For the average middle-class American, it might be hard to comprehend just how devastating the effects of poverty are on children's early literacy development. But the social and educational deficits poor children must overcome to learn to read are all too clear from numerous research studies. When compared with their more affluent peers, young children from low-income families tend to have very little access to books, magazines, or reading materials of any kind, much less high-quality materials. More



Study: Students who learn more in kindergarten earn more as adults
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New research has revealed that students who learn more in kindergarten earn more as adults and are also more successful overall. Harvard University economist John Friedman says he and a group of colleagues found that students who progress during their kindergarten year from attaining an average score on the Stanford Achievement Test to attaining a score in the 60th percentile can expect to make about 1,000 dollars more a year at age 27 than students whose scores remain average. More

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Chefs help craft healthier school lunches with local food
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Chef Geraci, only serves Maryland-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, buys healthful fare from food suppliers and offers meatless Mondays with dishes such as black bean nachos, vegetarian lasagna and eggplant Parmesan. He even started a 33-acre self-sustaining farm where some of the produce goes to schools and some is sold to local restaurants to support the project. More

Cost of cyber charter schools going up as popularity increases
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Some students will be logging on for the first day of classes—instead of walking into school—as cyber schools take in more area students every year. With each passing school year, cyber charter schools are becoming a bigger business across the U.S. The result is an increased cost for school districts, which fund a student's enrollment in the schools. The state reimburses a portion of those costs. More

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Inexperienced companies chase US school funds
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With the Obama administration pouring billions into its nationwide campaign to overhaul failing schools, dozens of companies with little or no experience are portraying themselves as school-turnaround experts as they compete for the money. More

School bullying summit's big hope: an anti-bullying tipping point
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In the wake of several high-profile bullying incidents, the Department of Education is hosting the first federal school bullying summit. Suicides linked to bullying — including the January suicide of Phoebe Prince, which has resulted in nine felony charges against her Massachusetts classmates — have drawn particular attention to the issue, and several states are considering or enacting anti-bullying laws. More

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Schools paying for tutors with mixed track record
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School districts across Texas are paying tens of millions of taxpayer dollars for private tutoring that has a mixed track record of improving student test scores. Even districts that want to stop footing the bill to ineffective providers are not allowed. The No Child Left Behind law guarantees free tutoring to low-income students who attend schools that repeatedly miss federal academic targets. More

Educators, officials face 400 percent spike in autism
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As the number of children believed to be autistic has skyrocketed in Texas and worldwide, much of the public debate has focused on the reasons for the rapid increase. But after a decade in which the state has seen a fourfold spike in diagnoses of the condition — to nearly 30,000 — the more pressing questions for policymakers are how to best educate afflicted students and how to pay for it. More

Colorado district rolls out video on demand to all grades
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Colorado's Lewis-Palmer School District is adopting video on demand as part of its multimedia instructional repertoire. The district has signed on with provider New Dimension Media to use its Core Curriculum Content! service in classrooms at all grade levels this fall. Core Curriculum Content! consists of a library of classroom education-themed videos served to student computers or iPod. Video programs covering subjects including math, science, and history are correlated to state and Canadian standards and include content from National Geographic, Encyclopedia Brittanica, Reader's Digest, PBS, and others, as well as New Dimension Media's own offerings. More

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New database aims to help schools stop dropouts
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Starting this fall, Michigan is introducing a database that for the first time pulls together in one place three dropout indicators referred to as the ABCs. These ABCs are attendance, behavior and classwork. About 70 percent of students who display problems in one of these areas is in danger of dropping out, according to the Michigan Department of Education. More

Time short for state's junior kindergartens
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A new law will end junior kindergarten in public schools in 2013 but could be the catalyst for the creation of a state-funded universal preschool program. Offering junior kindergarten costs the Department of Education about $30 million a year, and advocates and lawmakers are proposing to use that money to plant the seeds for a free preschool program that would be available to all 4-year-olds. More

Colorado Student Assessment Programs are in: Colorado students' scores stay flat again
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Scores on Colorado's annual academic assessment again came back flat, a trend that continues year after year in a state that is touted for pushing education reforms. Results from the 2010 Colorado Student Assessment Program were released as the state's top education officials were in Washington, D.C., to make their pitch on why the state should win a share of the $3.4 billion Race to the Top federal grant challenge. More



Apply for a $3,000 mini-grant before Aug. 15
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Crayola, in collaboration with NAESP's National Principals Resource Center, will award 20 NAESP members mini-grants valued at $3,000 to develop innovative best practices in art education that can inspire other educators nationwide. The Champion Creatively Alive Children program, funded by Crayola and supported by NAESP's National Principals Resource Center, aims to help principals support art education in their schools through innovative programs. More

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Grant opportunity for community engagement
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Could your school use $5,000 for a community engagement project? The NAESP Foundation, funded by MetLife Foundation, has launched the Sharing the Dream grant opportunity. Apply today for funding to implement a community engagement program at your school. Projects may vary, but must include a global component. More

August — A month of changes
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While you've been enjoying your summer, we've been working on a complete revitalization of NAESP's website. The new site will turn on Aug. 16, and we think you'll find it easier to read, navigate, search, and refer to — whether you're looking for an article in Principal, renewing your membership, or checking out our social media sites. We look forward to your feedback as we develop a new hub for your association and professional needs. The 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition website also launches on Aug. 16. Register for what promises to be another spectacular opportunity for professional development. For all the latest NAESP news, click here.

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