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House returns from summer break to pass state-funding bill
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The House of Representatives will be back in session to take up a $26 billion bill designed, in part, to help avoid teacher layoffs. The House will huddle, but members aren't expected to vote on the measure until later in the week. More

Better training on early years urged for principals
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The nation's elementary school principals lack access to the focused professional development to help them meet the higher expectations of modern early-childhood education, experts and advocates say. In a bid to stamp out the achievement gaps that often plague poor and minority children before they start school, groups in early-childhood education and school leadership are emphasizing the need for principals to be poised to lead good practices for pupils in prekindergarten to grade three. More



Separate but equal: More schools are dividing classes by gender
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Soheila Ahmad's first-grade class at Imagine Southeast Public Charter School in Washington D.C. has just finished language arts. The 12 children — all boys, all African American — are tidying up their desks. There are no windows in this basement room, but one wall, the backdrop for posters, is painted sky blue. More

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Poll: Language barrier a 'risk' for Latinos in schools
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English only? With Hispanic enrollment surging in schools, many Spanish-speaking parents are having trouble helping their children with homework or communicating with U.S. teachers as English-immersion classes proliferate in K-12. An Associated Press-Univision poll highlights the language and cultural obstacles for the nation's Latinos, who lag behind others when it comes to graduating from high school. More

More than two-thirds of states adopt core standards
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More than two-thirds of the states — including Massachusetts, a state long famed for excellent academic-content standards — have adopted common grade-level expectations, as the movement to align nationwide what students are learning continues to gain steam. The number of states agreeing to follow the math and English/language arts benchmarks crafted by the Common Core State Standards Initiative had grown to 34, plus the District of Columbia. More



South Florida principals hit the books with lessons in leadership
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An assembly of Broward County public schools principals in South Florida and assistant principals found themselves in class feverishly taking notes and keeping up with lectures. In preparation for the first day of school the school officials enrolled at Cypress Bay High School in Florida, where they participated in crash courses in leadership and budgeting in tough times. More

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New schools launches $100 million innovation fund
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In its biggest effort yet to influence education reform, the San Francisco-based NewSchools Venture Fund is launching its fourth fund, a $100 million investment to spur innovation in teacher preparation, school turnarounds, and charter-school management. The new fund is meant to help advance a new, federal agenda that's focused on innovation. In fact, we learned about the 49 applicants who won $650 million in Investing in Innovation, or i3, grants. The i3 program is a new competition created by the economic-stimulus package and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. More



Senate passes bill to make school lunches healthy
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Pizzas and hamburgers in the school lunch line would be healthier under child nutrition legislation passed by the Senate, a key part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood obesity. The $4.5 billion legislation passed by voice vote would create new standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items, to give students healthier meal options. It would also expand the number of low-income children eligible for free or reduced cost meals. More

How 'Race to the Top' is rewriting US education
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When Education Secretary Arne Duncan inserted a half-page program description into the economic stimulus act last year, few except top Democratic leaders knew that it would create Race to the Top, a multibillion-dollar sweepstakes to overhaul U.S. schools that gave Duncan's department unprecedented power. More

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Federal school safety grant eliminated
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The Safe and Drug Free Schools Program has been eliminated from the federal budget. "It's the perfect storm," school safety expert Ken Trump said. "Federal school safety funds are drying up; local education budgets are bare bones tighter than ever." Cleveland, Ohio school districts have used the Safe and Drug Free Schools grant money over the past decade for programs such as peer mentoring and crisis intervention training. More



'Gum for grades' a success
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Some nutrition experts called Principal Jason Anderson of Monocacy Elementary School in Maryland crazy when they heard what he was up to. Anderson was handing out bubble gum or hard candy to all students taking Maryland School Assessment standardized tests. At the time Anderson said chewing gum was a proven stress reliever that allowed nervous kids to settle down and focus. More

Utah adopts national education standards
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Utah joined more than 30 other states in adopting a common set of education standards intended to ensure that students here can compete with their peers anywhere else in the country. The state school board unanimously adopted benchmarks called the Common Core State Standards, an initiative spearheaded by the National Governors Association as a way to replace a patchwork of educational goals that vary greatly from state to state with a uniform set of expectations for students. More

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Pennsylvania school advocates plan to defend funding boost
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Gov. Ed Rendell and legislative leaders start talking about scratching almost 1 percent out of Pennsylvania's $28 billion budget, the billions the state sends to public schools for instruction and operations will be target number one. After all, the K-12 school subsidy got a substantial increase — $250 million, or 4.5 percent — at a time when recession-ravaged tax collections and a Legislature unwilling to raise taxes demanded belt-tightening in many, if not most, programs. More



National children's book award contest
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Educators from Kentucky to New York to Wisconsin to Nevada, to Florida are participating in the NAESP Foundation's contest for aspiring children's authors. The National Children's Book of the Year Contest is a great opportunity to have your work endorsed by the NAESP Foundation and published by a nationally known publisher with a proven track record and extensive outreach across the nation. More

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Free conference for school administrators and staff
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The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights is planning a national conference for schools from Nov. 17-18, in San Francisco, Calif. The goal of the conference is to link school administrators and staff to their colleagues and education experts to share tools for addressing student behavior and achievement in diverse communities. It will be free for school administrators and staff to attend.
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