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Obama prepares to revamp 'No Child Left Behind'
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President Barack Obama is poised to broaden federal influence in local schools by scrapping key elements of No Child Left Behind, the Bush administration's signature education law, and substituting his own brand of school reform. The move will bypass Congress, drawing fire from Republicans on Capitol Hill and some in the educational establishment but winning applause from governors across the country struggling to meet the demands of the nine-year-old law. More


Top reasons for school absences, and how to handle them
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With cold and flu season right around the corner, keeping children healthy is on the top of every parent's mind. According to 2010 figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, 43 percent of children ages 5-17 years missed three or more school days in the past year because of illness or injury; 6 percent missed 11 days or more. An estimated 22 million school days are lost annually because of colds alone. More

20 states involved in changing science instruction
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The National Academy of Sciences has kicked off a multi-state campaign to improve science instruction — a move that will lead to a greater emphasis on analytical and conceptual thinking. As part of the effort, 20 states will help write new standards that determine what is taught in schools from kindergarten through high school. More


Should we still teach students to write in cursive?
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Reading and writing are fundamental to learning. But as more kids read and write via some sort of computing device — laptop, tablet, cellphone — how we teach those skills is changing, and one significant change is the decision to teach cursive. When it comes to equipping students with "21st century skills," typing is in, cursive is out. More

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Parents as partners
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We all want to help our children be successful at school. No one wants to see their child struggle, because it leads to frustration and anger. Sometimes if a child struggles, it can lead to a sense of failure and negative attitudes about school which leads to disengagement. During these times of increased mandates due to NCLB and the pressure of high stakes testing, the home-school partnership is more important than ever. Parents and educators must work together to get a better understanding of one another. More

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.

Public schools face the rising costs of serving lunch
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The federal government is making school meals more nutritious this year, but also more expensive. Under a little-noticed provision of the child nutrition bill signed by President Barack Obama in December, which brought more fresh produce and less whole milk to cafeterias nationwide, school districts are required to start bringing their prices in line with what it costs to prepare the meals, eventually charging an average of $2.46 for the lunches they serve. More

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On education technology, we're asking the wrong question
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Does the use of textbooks lead to better student achievement? Somebody should do the research. Schools nationwide are spending billions of dollars each year on textbooks, with no clear evidence they improve test scores — and stakeholders deserve some answers. I'm being facetious, of course. Textbooks are simply tools that educators use in their instruction, and few people would suggest that textbooks — by themselves — hold some larger power over whether students learn. But if we wouldn't expect this of textbooks, then why should we expect it of educational technology? More


Study: Top students lose steam under No Child Left Behind
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Many high-achieving children in the U.S. fail to sustain their academic performance over time, a study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute showed. Thirty percent to 50 percent of the country's top students scored lower in math and reading as they moved from third- through eighth-grade and from sixth- through 10th-grade, according to the study, which was released. The report followed the progress of more than 120,000 students in over 1,500 U.S. public schools. It builds on an earlier study by the institute and the Northwest Evaluation Association that showed top students aren't improving under the nation's No Child Left Behind public school law. More

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Study reveals brain biology behind self-control
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A new neuroscience twist on a classic psychology study offers some clues to what makes one student able to buckle down for hours of homework before a test while his classmates party. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggests environmental cues may "hijack" the brain's mechanisms of self-control in some people and some circumstances. The findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that a student's ability to delay gratification can be as important to academic success as his or her intelligence — and that educators may soon know how to teach it. More

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Online grade schools becoming a popular alternative
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When Ohio started removing science and social studies from its elementary school curriculum, Patty Elwell took action. Rather than opting for a private school or home school, however, Elwell in 2004 became one of the first parents to enroll her kids in an online public school. More


School will change, with or without following rules
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Public education is, by its very nature, tangled with policy, dependent on rules and regulations set by federal, state and district mandates. What most students do in school at any given moment has been prescribed by legislation passed years before they — or their parents — entered kindergarten. But things are changing — and quickly. With access to the Internet and learning devices in the hands of kids and teachers, and with technology ever-evolving and becoming ever more affordable and ubiquitous, the school experience will have to change. More

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Senate panel votes to freeze funding for key K-12 programs
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K-12 education — including money for disadvantaged children and special education — would see stagnant funding under a measure approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, which was approved on party-line vote of 16-14, aims to reverse some of the cuts to K-12 education programs in the current budget for fiscal year 2011, which ends Sept. 30. The bill would give national non-profit organizations that lost funds — such as the National Writing Project and Reading is Fundamental — a chance to compete for new funds. More

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Grading the GOP candidates on education
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Given how preoccupied everyone is with the economy, education is even less of an issue in this presidential campaign than usual. Most of the Republican candidates do not even include education positions on their websites. And the two GOP heavyweights who have garnered the best reviews from education reformers on both sides of the aisle are not even in the race: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is sitting the campaign out, and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty dropped out after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll. More

Union: Washington state teachers on strike reach tentative agreement
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Washington teachers on strike for seven days reached a tentative agreement to end their protests, following the intervention of the governor, a spokesman for the teacher's union said. "There's a tentative agreement, which we will now vote on," Union spokesman Rich Wood told CNN. "All of the big issues, class size, teacher pay and transfers we were able to agree on." Wood said more details of the planned deal would be discussed at a meeting for some 2,000 teachers who left the classroom for the picket line after negotiations with the Tacoma school district for a new contract broke down. More

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Walcott's plan to strengthen middle schools draws mixed reaction
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In his first policy address since becoming schools chancellor in April, Dennis M. Walcott announced that New York would open 50 new middle schools in the next two years, many in the city's poorest neighborhoods. The city will also apply for about $30 million in federal money to replace teachers and leadership, while keeping students in place, at five struggling schools for each of the next two years, the chancellor said. More


Chicago schools gearing up for longer days
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As they prepare for longer school days starting soon, teachers and administrators at six Chicago schools are busy settling the final details of teaching schedules, pickup procedures and extra enrichment activities. Do they have enough security officers? Where will children spend recess? How will teacher planning time be allotted? More important, they are making sure their staffs stand united, ready to teach an extra 90 minutes each day. More

Read all about it — win $5,000 for your school library
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Call on your students and teachers to rev their reading engines for NAESP and Parents magazine's Raise a Reader Contest. Parents will award $5,000 to the school that logs the most daily minutes read — but hurry, your school must be registered by Oct. 1 to be part of the fun. More

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Celebrate Family Day 2011
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Family Day, a movement to reinforce the importance of family meals, is Monday, Sept. 26. Spread the word in your school community with brochures, kits and conversation starters from the Family Day website. Plus check out NAESP's latest Report to Parents, "The Power of Family Dinners." More






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