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Shutdown's impact on education programs uncertain
eSchool News
As Congress failed to reach a budget agreement on Sept. 30, triggering a federal government shutdown, education leaders and ed-tech stakeholders wondered how long, and to what extent, education programs would be impacted. Experts are unsure how long the shutdown will continue, and while some education programs receiving mandatory funding will be sustained, others will see a delay in funds and activity.
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School meals face rules on fat, meat, veggies — but no limits on sugar
The Center for Investigative Reporting
Almost everything about a school cafeteria meal has a regulation. The federal government caps the amount of fat and salt in breakfasts and lunches. It sets minimum standards for servings of fruit, vegetables, grains, milk and meat. But one widely used and often-overused product has no official limits: sugar. As Congress faces increased scrutiny over subsidies to the sugar industry, nutritionists and anti-obesity crusaders are focusing on the amount of sugar in school meals — and asking whether regulations governing school lunches deliberately exclude limits on sugar to favor a powerful industry.
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Report: Common math standards 'lower the bar'
Education Week
A new paper argues that the common standards in math do not demand a level of skill that is sufficient for selective colleges, or for students planning careers in math or science. In a white paper released today, the Boston-based Pioneer Institute, one of the most vocal critics of the Common Core, seeks to back up its argument with comments made by one of the math standards' lead writers, Jason Zimba.
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Puberty is coming earlier, but that doesn't mean sex education is
NPR
For kids growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a standard introduction to puberty at many schools: an educational play called Nightmare On Puberty Street. It's a fictional play, and in it, character Natalie raps about how quickly her body is growing — and how her classmates call her names. "I didn't pick how my body would grow, and I don't feel normal 'cause I'm not in control." In many area schools, Nightmare On Puberty Street is staged starting in the sixth grade, but the organization that produces the play, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, is getting requests to bring the play to audiences as young as fifth grade.
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Administrators share favorite apps, tools for the job
eSchool News
On any given day, school administrators must juggle a variety of responsibilities, support staff, and respond to last-minute issues or emergencies. In an effort to empower busy school administrators and in celebration of Connected Educator Month, education leaders compiled a list of their favorite apps and social media tools to help them manage increasingly busy days at school.
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The summer learning backslide: Does your child lose skills?
Psychology Today
Across America, students from kindergarten to 12th grade are back to school. While teachers and students alike will miss their summer freedom, teachers most lament the loss of skills students had mastered just a few short months earlier. It's as if too much time on the waterslide resulted in a learning backslide. The old adage says, "Use it, or lose it," and research supports this wisdom as it applies to the loss of student skills over summer break.
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Teacher status around the world: how the US stacks up
The Christian Science Monitor
Debate about how to keep up with countries that perform best on international tests has been percolating for years in the United States. Now there's a new comparison to consider — one that ranks 21 countries on the status of teachers, a factor that experts say can influence the effectiveness of education. China tops the first-ever Global Teacher Status Index, with Israel coming in last. The U.S. ranks ninth — beating out No. 13 Finland, a country that often ranks high in comparisons of student performance.
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Will technology improve teacher-student relationships, or hurt them?
The Hechinger Report
School districts from the sprawling Los Angeles Unified to the tiny Nome Public Schools in Alaska have embraced technology in the classroom based on the promise that it can improve learning by increasing student engagement. A game which allows students to use a virtual scalpel to prod and poke muscles and blood vessels in the human body, for instance, is likely to be more attractive to a ninth grade biology class than an anatomy lecture.
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Lack of empathy keeps victims of bullying from getting help they need
The Tennessean
Bullying prevention and intervention efforts will be recognized across the United States this October. Activities and events will focus on helping young people, their families and schools. Even our workplaces will address the issue of bullying and harassment. Practitioners, researchers and leaders in the field of education, psychology and social work continue to search for answers to this perplexing issue.
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Report: Average teacher salary around the world varies by 10s of thousands
The Huffington Post
Teachers should be held in the same regard as highly respected professionals like doctors, according to Sunny Varkey, the chairman of the Varkey Gems Foundation, which seeks to improve education for underprivileged youth. But even if teachers were held in the same esteem as doctors, it would be a long way before they got paid like them. As part of the Varkey Gems Foundation’s recent survey on the social status of teachers around the world, the group included a chart of the average salaries of teachers, converted to U.S. dollars.
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Time to focus on the real education problem: Poverty
eSchool News (commentary)
Many Americans believe public schools are failing our students. Public officials, the media, and investors seeking to cash in on the billions of dollars supporting education by privatizing schools often reinforce this opinion. This opinion is wrong. Substantial evidence illustrates public schools are doing better than ever. The dropout rate is at an all-time low. Conversely, the high school graduation rate is the highest it's been in decades.
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How schools, parents, and coaches must unite to prevent hazing
Psychology Today
With school in session again, hazing has returned to the headlines. Hazing — often confined to reports about sports teams and fraternity pledging — usually starts with foolish but harmless requests that can quickly escalate into dangerous and even life-threatening activity. How are incidents of hazing still occurring and what can schools do to prevent them?
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What kind of teacher do you want?
Edutopia (commentary)
The quality and skill of the teacher is one of the most important factors (if not the most important) influencing the success of any learning environment. But you can stand at the front of a classroom and teach until you are blue in the face, and it doesn't guarantee that any learning actually happens. So what separates successful teachers from less successful ones? Anyone will tell you that it's relationships. That's why it is critical to establish and maintain positive relationships with students throughout the school year. It's also not a bad idea to get some learning to happen while you're at it.
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What kind of teacher do you want?
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The quality and skill of the teacher is one of the most important factors (if not the most important) influencing the success of any learning environment. But you can stand at the front of a classroom and teach until you are blue in the face, and it doesn't guarantee that any learning actually happens.

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School districts struggle to get principals to stay put
NPR
At Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts on the south side of Milwaukee, kids are back in class and getting their bearings in the sprawling building. So is Lila Hillman, the school's brand-new principal.

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8 principal leadership tips for the new year
Connected Principals Blog
Justin Tarte, a contributor for Connected Principals Blog, writes: "I recently had the opportunity to hear Andy Greene, Middle School Principal from New York, speak to us about collaboration and the PLC process."

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'Sequester' impact felt on special education aid
Education Week
Cutting professional development and assistive technology, freezing open positions, and shifting money from general education are among the ways that districts are coping with the $600 million that across-the-board federal spending cuts known as sequestration have carved out of the nationwide budget for special education so far. Such strategies have muted the effects of the federal cuts, district officials and analysts say. But such stopgap measures can only last so long, administrators say, before cuts will be made that will be felt by students.
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US Department of Education awards $2.8 million in charter school grants for planning, program design, implementation and dissemination
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of 17 grants totaling $2.8 million to charter developers for planning, program design, and initial implementation of new charter schools, as well as for dissemination and sharing best practices of existing charter schools. The grants will assist in expanding the number of high quality charter schools in the nation by providing funding to 16 new, or recently open, charter schools over the next three years. The grants will also provide one high-quality charter school the ability to partner with other charter and noncharter public schools to improve academic performance and share effective practices.
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Shutdown hits everything from Smithsonian interns to Race to the Top applications
Education Week
There's been little impact so far from the government shutdown on K-12 schools around the country, but a handful of public and private school students in the Washington area are an unfortunate exception. These students—roughly 40 in all — are part of a national program called Project SEARCH, which helps prepare students with disabilities for the workforce. The program, which is operated by a nonprofit organization in Cincinnati, helps students and young adults with disabilities gain career experience and workplace skills through a blend of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. The interns, who are typically in their final year of eligibility for special education services, spend a year at a range of job sites, including hospitals, banks and universities.
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Obama administration approves NCLB flexibility request for Texas
U.S. Department of Education
The Obama administration today approved the State of Texas for a waiver from No Child Left Behind, in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. Since fall 2011, 45 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education have requested waivers from NCLB in order to implement next-generation education reforms that go far beyond the law's rigid, top-down prescriptions. The Education Department has now approved requests from 42 states and D.C., with other applications still pending.
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Crisis in California's schools: 250,000 schoolchildren need glasses
Los Angeles Times (commentary)
There is a crisis in California's schools. More than a quarter of a million children, most of them from poor and minority backgrounds, lack the technology they need to succeed in school. But what they need has nothing to do with mobile devices or educational apps. It's a technology nearly 800 years old: eyeglasses. About 250,000 California schoolchildren don't have the glasses they need to read the board, read books, study math and fully participate in their classes. About 95 percent of the public school students who need glasses enter school without them. These students are likely to fall behind and to frustrate their teachers and parents.
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4 Head Start providers serving 3,200 kids close
The Associated Press via Star Tribune
Four Head Start providers that serve 3,200 low-income children in four states are closing due to the federal government shutdown. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said four grantees that operate about 50 sites are shutting down after not receiving their funding. The agencies include: Talladega Clay Randolph Child Corporation in Alabama; Action for Bridgeport Community Development in Connecticut; Capital Area Community Action Agency in Florida and the Five County Child Development Program in Mississippi.
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Hats off to principals during National Principals Month
NAESP
This month, NAESP invites educators, students and parents to celebrate the contributions of principals during National Principals Month. Submit stories, photos, videos, or poems about principals to our Hats Off to Principals Facebook contest. Visit our Facebook page to upload your tribute, and you could win an Amazon gift card or Crayola prize pack. For more ways to celebrate, visit the National Principals Month site.
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Join Club Connect and support your school
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NAESP and United Way are teaming up to improve education in our country and give every child a chance to succeed. United Way Club Connect is an annual membership program that raises money for your school, United Way's education causes, and continued education and enrichment courses for principals through the NAESP Foundation.
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