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New national poll reveals public's thoughts on education
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Americans have a number of conflicting viewpoints in their preferences for investing in schools, going head-to-head on issues like paying for the education of the children of illegal immigrants, according to the 2012 annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. There are clear partisan divides over whether children of illegal immigrants should receive free public education, school lunches and other benefits, with 65 percent of Democrats versus 21 percent of Republicans favoring it. Overall, support for providing public education to these children is increasing. Forty-one percent of Americans favor this, up from 28 percent in 1995. More


White House report says 300,000 education jobs lost since 2009
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A new White House report says budget cuts have forced state and local governments to cut 300,000 education jobs, a development the administration warns could set back American students. The report which was prepared by the president's Council of Economic Advisors, Domestic Policy Council, and the National Economic Council says that the 300,000 job losses have occurred since 2009, the end of the recession, supporting administration claims that education workers have yet to benefit from the economic recovery. More

Gardens blooming at schools teach lessons
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Gathered in the large garden behind an elementary school here, a group of kindergartners watched as their teacher snipped some basil, let them smell the leaves, and then did the same with oregano. "We do a lot of smelling out there. Looking. Digging," the teacher, LeaAnne Pillers, said. She took her class to the garden two or three times a week after it opened last spring at Moss Haven Elementary, and she's excited to get her new group out among the plants when school starts. More

Public poll finds divided views of Common Standards
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State schools chiefs or boards of education in all but four states have adopted the common standards. But if a new national poll is any indication, that doesn't necessarily mean there is flag-waving confidence at the John Q. Public level that the standards will be a potent force for good in our schools. The annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of attitudes toward public education finds that only half of those queried think the Common Core State Standards would improve the quality of education in their communities. Four in 10 said the standards would have no effect. Eight percent said they would make things worse, and 2 percent didn't know. More

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How to turn a classroom into an idea factory
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How can we prepare today's students to become tomorrow's innovators? It's an urgent challenge, repeated by President Barack Obama, corporate CEOs, and global education experts like Yong Zhao and Tony Wagner. Virtually every discussion of 21st century learning puts innovation and its close cousin, creativity, atop the list of skills students must have for the future. More

More states requiring students to repeat a grade: Is it the right thing to do?
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Thousands of third-graders may have a sense of déjà vu on the first day of school this year: The number of states that require third-graders to be held back if they can't read increased to 13 in the last year. Retention policies are controversial because the research is mixed for students who are held back, but a report by the Brookings Institution suggests that at least for younger children who struggle with reading, repeating a grade may be beneficial. More

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A fair education? Military kids struggle with new schools, red tape and high stress
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Children in military families often don't have good school experiences. That's because they are one of the country's most transient populations. The average student from a military family will attend schools in six to nine different school systems from kindergarten to their senior year. These kids often deal with emotional issues connected to their parents' deployments and stress from leaving old friends behind. Bureaucratic red tape in some districts prevents graduation, and a slow transfer of records also creates problems. More

For educators, the importance of making meaningful connections
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It's Connected Educator Month. There's a flurry of activity among teachers and administrators looking to connect through Twitter and other social media to advance their learning, especially as a new school year looms. As schools gear up and prepare for a new school year with technology increasingly ubiquitous, now's the time to consider how schools can create a positive impact with technology. More

The tech-driven classroom is here, but grades are mixed
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In a typical K-12 U.S. classroom, one teacher instructs about 15 to 25 students per class, but cannot possibly divide his or her time evenly among all learners. Some excel, some pass, some are left behind. Enter education technology, the much-touted panacea for all that befalls the American teacher. Hailed as the "great equalizer" for its ability to provide universal access to information via the Internet, ed tech has been, in practice, more hype than reality. More


Classroom warfare: Same-sex classes at public schools ignite a fight
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Do kids in public school perform better if they're separated by sex — or is that discrimination? As schools experiment across the country, legal battles boil. A public middle school in West Virginia that teaches boys and girls in separate classrooms — based on a controversial theory that kids perform better that way — has ignited a lawsuit and a debate about public schools across the country that are experimenting with same-sex classes. Opponents say the practice is based on harmful stereotypes; proponents say girls and boys are motivated differently and that separating them helps them reach their full potential. More

Dogs as role models: A lesson in classroom management
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Richard Curwin: "One of the questions I am most frequently asked is, 'What do I do when several students act out at the same time?' Without resorting to S.W.A.T. gear, there are at least two methods that work almost all of the time. I learned them in a very unusual way. About 20 years ago, I suffered a horrific event that resulted in a near-death experience. I acquired a trained therapy dog to help me deal with the panic attacks that followed. I took Otis everywhere with me — 49 states (Hawaii was too complicated) and two countries. Some readers might remember meeting Otis during a training session." More

Back to school apps help with organization, learning across all ages
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The iPad has been around for only two years, but the tablet computer and its many competitors are already starting to change the way both parents and teachers approach education. Though experts remain divided on the benefits of exposing children — particularly very young ones — to tablets, smartphones and even computers, applications that aim to teach children have proliferated. The Apple App Store, for example, has more than 65,000 active education apps available to students, teachers and parents getting ready for back to school. More

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Starting a new school year: 9 tips for collaboration
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Late August or early September is a make-it-or-break-it time for educators. The nonstop, brutal schedule that is a school year starts with all the finesse of trampling elephants, and doesn't relent for the next nine months (not coincidentally, the same amount of time it takes to gestate a baby). That makes starting the year right important — and there are few more critical pieces to an educator's success than collaboration. More

Psychiatrists prescribe remedies for school bullying
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Dr. Stuart W. Twemlow, a teacher-turned-surgeon-turned-psychoanalyst who has exhaustively researched anti-bullying programs, is the co-author of "Preventing Bullying and School Violence," released by the American Psychiatric Association's publishing arm. Twemlow gamely admits that virtually none of the hundreds of anti-bullying programs marketed briskly across the world has a record of consistent, well-documented success. And he thinks he knows why: because they are devised outside of the school system in which they're implemented and because they're imposed, usually from the top down, by well-meaning school committees or administrators without a wellspring of community support. More

Using backpacks correctly can reduce chance of aches as adults
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With the start of school looming, parents should be aware of the dangers and preventable steps of poorly used or overloaded backpacks, according to physical therapists at Quentin Mease Community Hospital. They highlight that preventing pain now can help reduce kids' chances of developing neck, shoulder or back pain as adults. Each year in the United States, approximately 10,000 school-aged children visit doctors or emergency centers for backpack-related injuries. More


Schools minister to kids' fitness and nutrition needs
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You've just been appointed Minister of Fitness and Nutrition and handed the near-impossible task of addressing the next generation's obesity epidemic, its lax approach to exercise and its poor eating habits. Suddenly, you're acutely aware of what you're up against: those fast-food restaurants on every block. Those video games in every home. Those expensive ad campaigns for fatty, sugary snacks. If only there were some way to guarantee that these kids would get at least one nutritious meal each day, a place where you could control their schedules for, say, six or seven hours and ensure that they also get some exercise. Hmmm. Where would that be? More

Study says higher-performing kids enroll in charter schools
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Compared to the institutions from which they draw students, Texas charter schools tend to enroll higher-performing students who are less likely to be English language learners or to have special needs, a study finds. "Charter schools actually bring in a more advantaged set of students than other schools," said researcher Ed Fuller, an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University. "It explains why some of them do have higher levels of achievement, because their clientele is different." More

Students of color still receiving unequal education
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When it comes to spending on the education of our children, students of color are being shortchanged, according to the Center for American Progress's latest education report, "Unequal Education: Federal Loophole Enables Lower Spending on Students of Color." Nearly 60 years after the 1954 landmark ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education, in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared public education is "a right which must be made available on equal terms," racial inequities in school spending persist. More

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US education must keep up with China's, India's bold programs
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The United States reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the medal count at the 2012 Olympic Games, edging out China, the 2008 winner, but in the competition that really matters our nation may not be so successful in the coming decades. That more important race to educate our children and our workforce to out-compete the rest of the world in an intensely competitive global economy pits us against China and India, both of which are investing heavily in education to gain a long-distance edge over the United States while we handicap our chances with short-sighted policy disputes and political paralysis. More

Is education playing in congressional races?
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The presidential race — Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney — has been getting most of the airtime in the national media and on Politics K-12, even if education rarely comes up in the campaign. But control of Congress is going to be just as important, if not more so, than control of the White House when it comes to some big K-12 cliffhangers. (For example, what happens to the prospect of those automatically triggered funding cuts, known as sequestration? Do Race to the Top, School Improvement Grants and the Investing in Innovation program get to continue? Will Congress ever again reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act?) More

As school year starts, states tackle teen cyberbullying
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Bullying used to be confrontations, starting rumors and making snide comments in person. Now it's as easy as posting a comment on Facebook or tweeting anonymously about a classmate. As educators and administrators prepare for another hectic school year, they're also getting ready to take a new stance against cyberbullying. More


Preschool special education trade group calls for more state audits and penalties
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Confronting reports of skyrocketing costs and outright fraud in New York State's preschool special education system, a group of companies that provide services to children with disabilities is calling for mandatory new audits, clearer regulations and a strict code of conduct with tough penalties for violators. The preschool special education system, which serves 60,000 children annually, costs Albany and local governments more than $2 billion a year. It is far more expensive per child in New York than in other states, The New York Times reported. More

North Dakota governor candidate unveils education proposal
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The Democratic candidate aiming to unseat North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the Republican chief executive is hoarding money the oil-rich state should use to pay for education. State Sen. Ryan Taylor unveiled his "Lasting Harvest" plan for pre-kindergarten through college that includes funding for early childhood programs, more scholarship money for college students and a boost in teacher salaries. More

Sides dig in as Chicago teachers strike looms
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Teachers picketed outside a district office in the shadow of a giant inflatable rat as school board members inside authorized spending $25 million in the event of the first Chicago teacher strike in a quarter-century. The brinksmanship came just weeks after the two sides reached an agreement on hiring new teachers to allow for a longer school day. That issue once seemed to be the biggest roadblock to a new contract, but the bargaining and posturing has not let up as the two sides come down to the last few weeks before 400,000 Chicago students are all back in public schools. More

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New school bus cameras to keep students safe
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Students who plan to act up on Houston school buses this year may want to think twice. Houston Independent School District officials have installed exterior cameras on 400 of the district's approximately 1,000 buses, all of which already were equipped with interior cameras, officials said. HISD spokeswoman Erica Hilliard said the exterior cameras are mounted on the front, back and side of the buses. It costs $2,000 to equip each bus with interior cameras, and an additional $2,400 to add the outside cameras, she said. More


Win $5,000 to promote global awareness at your school
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Webinars explore school improvement, evaluation
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Mark your calendar for two webinars next week. On Aug. 28, presenters Scott Bauer and David Brazer will present Applying Research to School Improvement, guiding participants through strategies to implement research to improve student achievement. And on Aug. 29, join presenter Joanne Robinson for Principal Performance Appraisal, an examination of Canada's innovative growth model for developing leadership capacity. Visit NAESP's webinar page to sign up or find information on more upcoming presentations. More


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