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USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Agriculture is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren't getting enough to eat. More


Social networking on the rise for educators
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Educators' use of social networking sites has seen a large jump since 2009, according to a new report that surveyed educators' membership, use, privacy practices and other social networking habits. The report, "A Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking, Online Communities, and Web 2.0 Tools 2012," was conducted by MMS Education and sponsored by and MCH Strategic Data. More

Classes a la carte: States test a new school model
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Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has a problem with schools. They're too confining, he says. They trap kids in chairs, in classrooms, in the narrow bounds of an established curriculum. So White and a handful of fellow revolutionaries have begun pushing a new vision for American public education. Call it the a la carte school. The model, now in practice or under consideration in states including Louisiana, Michigan, Arizona and Utah, allows students to build a custom curriculum by selecting from hundreds of classes offered by public institutions and private vendors. More

Survey: Parents want tighter online privacy laws for children
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Parents overwhelmingly support a requirement for online companies to seek parental approval before collecting personal information from children under 13, a new survey says, suggesting that parents would support a series of proposed updates to current child online privacy laws that would address new data collection practices that have emerged in recent years. More

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Spend less, achieve more?
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More special education funding in a district does not necessarily result in greater student achievement — in fact, it can lead to less, says a first-of-its-kind report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The report, "Boosting the Quality and Efficiency of Special Education," was released in September, and marks the first time special education has been studied in terms of funding and outcomes. It examined data from over 1,400 school districts, representing nearly one-third of all students in the country. More

Fit kids finish 1st on the field and in class, research shows
The Inquisitr    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For kids, being physically fit isn't just an advantage when playing kickball or running away from that girl who likes you. New research shows that middle school students who were in good physical shape outscored classmates on standardized tests and take home better report cards. Conducted at Michigan State University, this new research is the first study linking children's levels of physical fitness to both improved test scores and overall academic grades. More

Digital wake-up call
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Students who use computers for their writing assignments fared far better on the NAEP writing test, the first to be administered on computer, than students who do not. Those results may not come as a surprise, but with comprehensive digital testing on the horizon, the implications extend far beyond the realm of writing instruction. More

Got a problem? Students can find the solution
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Common Core for teachers
The National Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American Federation of Teachers proposed a universal "bar exam" for teachers, arguing that the profession deserves to be associated with high standards and the rigorous training needed to meet them. "There's this one universal assessment that would be available for adaptation. ... It would be so aligned with what new teachers need to know and be able to do. Just like the Common Core, many, many states would adopt it," said AFT President Randi Weingarten. More

A new framework: Improving family engagement Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For many, it's just common sense. The more a student's family is engaged in their child's learning and in the improvement of their child's school, the better off the student and the school. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined more than 80 family engagement thought leaders at D.C.'s Scholars Stanton Elementary School to discuss the strong correlation between family engagement and academic outcomes, and how the Department of Education can provide more support. More


Will school computers be able to handle new testing technology?
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Schools in about 25 states set to roll out new online standardized tests in the next two years can now find out whether the computers they have on hand will be able to handle the new technology. The state-led Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released guidelines with specific requirements for devices. More

More teachers 'flipping' the school day upside down
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Welcome to the 21st century classroom: a world where students watch lectures at home — and do homework at school. It's called classroom flipping, and it's slowly catching on in schools around the country. More

Race to Top district finalists include new hopefuls
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The list of 61 finalists for the latest Race to the Top competition shows that the U.S. Department of Education was successful in enticing high-scoring applications from districts in rural America and in states that had not shared in the Race to the Top bounty before. But whether the ultimate winners will be successful in increasing personalized teaching and learning in classrooms — a key priority for this competition — is unclear. The education department has not released copies of the finalists' proposals, and most districts had not posted their plans online, making it anyone's guess what those districts would do, collectively, with $400 million in winnings. More

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NAACP volunteers to push for biggest education overhaul since Brown v. Board of Education
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The NAACP is going on the offensive on education, deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public education overhaul since the nation's classrooms were ordered desegregated in 1954, the civil rights group said. More

K-12 education advocates lobby to avert fiscal cliff
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The coming fiscal cliff — the looming conversion of tax-break expirations and across-the-board budget cuts aimed at prodding a long-term federal deficit fix — has education advocates in Washington on overdrive. The number-one question keeping organizations that represent school districts and educators up at night is whether Congress will be able to reach an agreement to head off "sequestration," a series of trigger budget cuts that will hit just about every federally funded education program on Jan. 2, unless Congress averts them by crafting a long-term agreement to curb the deficit. A number of K-12 programs, including Title I grants for districts and special education would be cut by 8.2 percent, although most districts wouldn't feel the squeeze until next fall. More


Nebraska Board of Education retains concepts of climate change, American exceptionalism
The Associated Press via The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The general concepts of climate change and American exceptionalism remained in the new statewide social studies standards, which were approved by the Nebraska State Board of Education. The board made no changes in the latest draft submitted by the state education department. This version had about 200 changes from an October version, officials said, based on public input that included hundreds of letters and emails and more than 1,000 comments in an online survey. More

Poor schools struggling to meet New York standards, years after critical ruling
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Six years after a landmark court ruling required New York State to increase spending on public education, many schools in poor districts lack basic resources, and some do not even meet minimum state standards in certain areas, according to a report by researchers affiliated with Teachers College at Columbia University. More

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Minnesota school districts ask parents to insure iPads for students
The Pioneer Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Covering textbooks with paper grocery bags isn't going to cut it anymore when it comes to protecting learning materials in Minnesota public schools. Districts across the state are putting expensive technology in students' hands to replace textbooks, workbooks and even paper and pencils. Devices worth hundreds of dollars now often leave school buildings and go home with students. More

Lessons in inclusion at San Francisco schools
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
San Francisco first-grader Anabel Rubin shoved her hands into tube socks and reached for the zip-lock bag filled with a dozen tiddlywinks chips. Her job was to move each chip individually to a plastic cup, an otherwise simple task confounded by thick cotton socks — providing a lesson in what life would be like without fingers or fine motor skills. The challenge in the Miraloma Elementary School gym was repeated, with some variations, at schools across San Francisco as part of National Inclusive Schools Week — an effort to help children understand and support those with disabilities or differences. More

Proposals for 2013 conference due this week
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NAESP's 2013 Best Practices for Better Schools™ National Conference and Expo of the Year is right around the corner. Join other nationally recognized speakers in shaping the professional program by sharing your best practices, expertise and successes in a concurrent session. Presentation proposals are due Dec. 14. More

Watch 'The Balancing Act' for tips on arts education
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Missed NAESP President Mark Terry's appearance today on Lifetime TV's "The Balancing Act"? Tune in any time on our website to hear his segment on the importance of arts education. NAESP has teamed up with "The Balancing Act" for the show's Parent Teacher Corner segment, which provides information for parents about how to help their children succeed in school. More


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