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Report: Sharing race with principals makes teachers happier
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Sharing skin color with their principal makes life better for many American teachers, according to a major new study from the University of Missouri. The report, which surveyed more than 37,000 teachers and principals from 7,200 schools across the country, found that black teachers who work for a black principal are generally happier with their jobs, are less likely to leave and say they receive more support, encouragement and recognition from their superiors. More

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A call for opening up Web access at schools
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Schools across the country recently participated in Banned Websites Awareness Day, organized by the American Association of School Librarians as an offshoot of Banned Books Week. Carl Harvey, the association's president, said that as more schools had embraced online technologies, there had been growing concern over schools that block much of the Internet. But some school leaders and education advocates have argued that the Internet can be a distraction in the classroom. More



Survey: STEM engagement begins early
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Many students decide to study science, technology, engineering, or math early in their high school careers, according to a new survey. Almost 4 in 5 college students who are pursuing a STEM-related degree say they decided to go into their field in high school or earlier; about 1 in 5 say they decided in middle school or earlier. More

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Fewer students walk to school
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It's 9 a.m., and the rush is on. Buses disgorge hundreds of students at one side of Bailey Elementary School in Woodbury, Minn. On the other side, parents line up in SUVs to drop off their kids. "Bye-bye," says Silva Theis of Woodbury, kissing her fourth-grade daughter. In the hubbub, no one notices what's missing — the dying practice of walking to school. Of 620 students at Bailey, not one walks — not even those who live one block away. More

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20 things students want the nation to know about education
The Innovative Educator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's rare for education reformers, policymakers and funders to listen to those at the heart of education reform work: students. In Education Nation's "Voices of a Nation" discussion, young people provided insight into their own experiences with education and what they think needs to be done to ensure that every student receives a world-class education. More

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Momentum builds for teacher education overhaul
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Momentum appears to be gathering behind a U.S. Department of Education plan to hold teacher education programs accountable for the achievement of students taught by their graduates. At a recent event hosted in Washington, D.C., by the think tank Education Sector, a diverse group of stakeholders, including Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the National Education Association, and Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach For America, spoke in favor of the initiative, which was first outlined in the Obama administration's fiscal 2012 budget request. More

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More than 1 in 10 parents don't follow vaccination schedule
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More than 1 in 10 parents of young children don't follow the recommended vaccination schedule, new research shows. They decline some vaccines, delay others or in other ways tweak the recommendations, the survey found. The 1 in 10 finding is concerning, says researcher Amanda Dempsey, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan. "That's enough to cause increases in vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks," she says. More



School funding 'flex' vexes lawmakers
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As Congress weighs several bills designed to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, lawmakers are at odds over a proposal to revamp how federal education dollars are spent — including money intended to help underprivileged students. The State and Local Funding Flexibility Act, introduced by House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., and supported by Republicans, would give states and school districts the authority to spend federal dollars intended for certain programs on a wide range of other activities authorized under NCLB. More

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Obama signs Autism Act
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President Barack Obama signed a three-year extension of the Combating Autism Act, the very day the law — and many of the programs it established — was set to expire. The reauthorization Obama signed calls for $231 million annually through 2014 to fund everything from autism research to prevalence tracking, education, early identification and intervention programs. It's virtually identical to the original law first enacted in 2006. More

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Let states reform education; don't let them set a low bar
Bloomberg Businessweek (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is nothing wrong with the idea of states being laboratories of innovation, so long as we ensure that they fully disclose scores from meaningful tests, set rigorous standards and take sensible steps to intervene in failing situations, write Tobin Harshaw and Mary Duenwald, editors of Bloomberg Businessweek. More

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Elementary school with big goals copes with bulging kindergarten classes
Las Vegas Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One by one, Paula Barry's kindergarten class marched out of her classroom in a long, single-file line that stretched the length of the hallway and around the corner. "Here come the little ducklings," the 10-year veteran teacher said as she led her flock of 41 students to recess. As of Sept. 29, Elizondo Elementary School had a record 123 students enrolled in its three full-day kindergarten classes. They sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the reading rug, overwhelm the playground during recess and rub elbows in the busy cafeteria where the kindergarten class takes up half of the seats. More

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Give California a No Child Left Behind waiver
Los Angeles Times (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
California would like a waiver from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, under which the vast majority of the state's schools, including many high-achieving ones, would be labeled as failures. The U.S. Department of Education would like to give California a waiver. Yet state and federal officials could be headed toward a giant game of chicken over the waiver application because of a small provision within the complicated plan. More

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Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools
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Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities. There are no precise statewide numbers. More

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Reinventing education, revisited
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The slumping economy hasn’t been kind to schools, especially in California — but that hasn’t deterred the San Diego Unified School District from its ambitious plan to give all students a technology-rich education. Two years ago, the district embarked on a five-year journey to transform its classrooms and completely revamp the way San Diego students learn. Since that time, the i21 Interactive Classroom Initiative has expanded into more than 1,300 classrooms and has distributed some 78,000 netbooks and other mobile devices to teachers and students. More

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Save your school's music program with 'Glee'
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The National Association for Music Education has teamed with the hit TV show "Glee" for the Give A Note contest, which will award $1 million to music programs in jeopardy. To enter, schools must create a video describing why their program needs support. But act fast — principals must submit entries by Oct. 10. More

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Invest in the future: Become a mentor
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Make a difference for a new or aspiring principal. NAESP's National Mentor Program is offering three intensive mentor training sessions this fall. Don't miss this opportunity to give back to the profession — sign up today. More

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