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Targeted Bullying May Violate Civil Rights, Ed. Dept. Warns
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Certain types of harassment rooted in sexual orientation or religious differences may be a federal civil rights violation, even though members of those groups are not specifically protected in federal law, according to new guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education's office of civil rights. For example, harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students may be a form of gender stereotyping and therefore a federal offense under Title IX, the department said. Even when local agencies do not have such policies, federal law imposes obligations on schools. More

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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Encourage your students to apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award by Nov. 1. One middle level and one high school student from each state will be selected to receive this honor based on a community service project he or she has conducted in the year preceding the date of the application. State honorees receive an engraved silver medallion, a cash award of $1,000, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC, in early May for several days of recognition events. More

2010 Breakthrough Series: San Diego Met High School
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Personalization is a key component of the culture at San Diego Met High School, which was named a 2010 MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough School. Students work with the same teacher all four years and create customized academic learning plans that fully prepare graduates for college and the workforce. Find out how Principal Mildred Phillips is achieving amazing results in a small school setting that guarantees success. More

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Bring Your Team to the NASSP Conference
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Bring your leadership team to the 2011 NASSP Conference in San Francisco, Feb. 24-27, and save. The Conference is ideal for principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, and superintendents and district leaders. Educational sessions will provide strategies for building leadership capacity, enhancing school culture and improving student performance. Learn from renowned speakers, such as Linda Darling-Hammond, Diane Ravitch and Bill Daggett — and work with facilitators to develop a specific work plan to take back to your school or district. Discounts are available for teams and advance registration. More

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What I Meant To Say About Tenure and Evaluation
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After reading the comments on my post concerning tenure and evaluation, I realized that what I meant to say was not actually reflected in my writing. My first thought was to use the Charles Barkley defense. When questioned about a controversial quote in his autobiography, the Hall of Fame basketball player said, "Obviously I was misquoted." More

Join the School Leadership Network on edWeb
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NASSP has teamed with to establish the School Leadership Network, a series of online communities for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. Join today and network with your colleagues from across the country. More

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Court: No Teacher Speech Rights on Curriculum
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Teachers have no First Amendment free-speech protection for curricular decisions they make in the classroom, a federal appeals court ruled last week. "Only the school board has ultimate responsibility for what goes on in the classroom, legitimately giving it a say over what teachers may (or may not) teach in the classroom," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati, said in its opinion. More

Principals in Iowa District Take Aim at Social Promotion
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Des Moines, IA, middle school students who do poorly in the classroom will have a harder time moving onto the next grade if district leaders move forward with a proposal ending social promotion. Middle school principals in the district have spent the past two years developing a uniform set of expectations for what students need to know to move through middle school and onto high school. The proposal factors in standardized test scores, classroom grades, student attendance and yearly progress in the classroom. More

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Obama Signs Executive Order Enhancing Hispanic Education Initiative
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President Barack Obama signed an executive order last week that updates and enhances a 1990 presidential initiative intended to boost education for Hispanic students. The expanded White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, originally launched by the administration of President George H.W. Bush, seeks to improve educational opportunities for Hispanic students at every level, Obama said in a White House ceremony. More

Early Action Could Help Chance of College Admission, Report Finds
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It is a question on the minds of so many high school seniors at this time of year: How can you raise your chances of getting into your No. 1 college choice? A report released recently by an association of guidance counselors and admissions officers could be worth a look. It provides new evidence for those who believe that applying to college early in the academic year — or, more specifically, submitting applications under binding early-decision programs — increases the likelihood of acceptance. More

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A Plea for More Counselors
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Federal reform initiatives often neglect a common element that would help to improve graduation rates: a less harried, better supported school counselor, said Robert Bardwell, director of guidance at Monson (MA) High School, in an editorial. Bardwell contends that if school counselors were used in more effective ways — and if there were more school counselors to help our students — then U.S. graduation rates and college-going rates would improve, and students would be better prepared to overcome the numerous obstacles standing in the way of their success. More

Teachers Sue Arizona Over 'Anti-Hispanic' Curriculum Ban
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Eleven Tucson, AZ, educators sued the state board of education and superintendent last week for what the teachers consider an "anti-Hispanic" ban looming on Mexican-American studies. The suit comes in a state already roiled by a controversial immigration law that is being challenged in court. More

New York Stirs Teacher Angst Over Use of Student Test Scores in Ratings
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A New York City court battle over the release of performance reports for public-school teachers highlights a national debate over judging instructors by their students' success on standardized tests. The United Federation of Teachers asked the New York Supreme Court to block release of reports that measure individual instructors' success in boosting student scores. The union and the city agreed not to release teachers' names until the case is heard. More

Related item: Ravitch: City's Plan to Grade Teachers With 'Value-Added' Data Is Destructive

Massachusetts District Warns Teachers Not to 'Friend' Students
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In the hazy realm of cyberspace, one school district is drawing a sharp line: Virtual friendships between teachers and their students are a bad idea. Worried about the potential risks of online interactions, the school board in Norton, MA, last week urged teachers not to become friends with their students on Facebook and other social media sites and advised them to avoid friendships with former students as well. More

Stimulus-Aid Bonanza Draws Heat on Campaign Trail
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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—the economic-stimulus law that included some $100 billion for public education—is taking a beating on the campaign trail this midterm election season. Although many Democrats contend the economic outlook would have been even bleaker without the measure and say it played a crucial role in preventing education-related layoffs, Republicans critical of the law say it did little to steady the still-stumbling economy. More

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