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State budget cuts eliminating school yearbook
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As graduation day arrives, students will say goodbye to their classmates and teachers. And many are departing without a traditional yearbook to preserve those memories. State budget cuts and the weak economy are causing elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country to either do away with yearbooks or look for more cost-effective publishing options. More


New directions for special education
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Special education used to be a place — sometimes a separate school, more often a classroom down the hall where students labeled as such disappeared for hours at a time, out of sight and out of mind for the typical classroom teacher. That's still sometimes the case, but increasingly, special education is front and center in the regular education classroom, and the population of students with individualized education plans has shifted away from those considered learning disabled. More

The sex education debate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Soaring rates of sexually transmitted diseases among teens are adding urgency to the debate over sex education. Conservatives claim the alarming statistics illustrate why abstinence should be the single mantra when it comes to sex ed. Liberals counter that the increase in disease is the strongest case for more detailed information. Caught in the middle are America's kids, who are more vulnerable than ever to potentially deadly diseases. More

Common core standards changing education in Kansas
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The Kansas State Board of Education adopted new standards aimed at raising the bar for education and also putting students from all states on an equal footing. Common core standards have been developed over the last two years at the urging of the National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs, said Suzan Patton. The program is voluntary, however all but seven states have adopted the internationally-benchmarked standards, to be fully implemented by the 2014-2015 school year. More

Study: Community job loss leads to decline in student achievement
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Studies have long indicated that children whose parents lose jobs will falter academically. But new evidence shows that widespread job loss doesn't only affect the children of the jobless, it hurts kids whose parents are still employed, too. Statewide job loss decreases children's test scores, regardless of the employment status of their parents, according to "Children Left Behind: The Effects Of Statewide Job Loss On Student Achievement," a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. More

The need to support students from military families
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It’s time for America to honor our brave warriors, who have sacrificed so much, by assuring them that we will provide their children with the best public education possible. For too long, military children in public schools have been overlooked, moving from school to school an average of nine times during their K-12 years and often facing a civilian education system that appears uncaring and uncompromising. Military students endure the strain of restarting relationships with friends and teachers, keeping up with work in each new school and dealing with parental deployment. More

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Religion, and controversy, always part of US education
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Religious freedom has always been a given in American life, but religious education has had a different road — a path rarely without controversy as it tries to find a place in a secular and worldly democracy. While a rise in the number of Islamic schools in the United States is the latest new trend, religious education in general — and controversy over which religion is more "American" — goes back to the beginnings of the country, historians say. More

Learning management systems take on K-12 role
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Online and blended learning have taken off in the last few years — and that has spurred more interest in learning management system software among K-12 schools. An LMS is a software program that allows for the administration, delivery and tracking of classroom or online events and eLearning programs. A robust LMS facilitates the planning and organization of online learning events, as well as the centralization and delivery of content, discussions boards and other online resources. More

Illinois Schools Implement Lexia, Improve

75% of kindergartners in Des Plaines, IL elementary school had no letter recognition. Lexia Reading software helped bring 88% up to speed by end of 1st grade.

Private K-12 programs decline in popularity. Smart move?
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The United States Department of Education's The Condition of Education 2011 report confirms a trend that anecdotal evidence has suggested for some time: Private schools for children from pre-K through high school are declining in popularity. Between the 2001-2002 and 2009-2010 school years, private school enrollment plunged by 12.7 percent. But most of that decline was driven by tanking enrollment at Catholic schools; enrollment there fell by 19 percent. More

Report offers states ways to find savings in schools
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State policymakers attempting to bring down school costs should ease and refine class-size mandates and other requirements, and more closely scrutinize how money is spent on special education, a new report recommends. Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit organization that analyzes school budgets, offers a range of such suggestions in its report. More

School voucher program subject of debate in nation's Capital
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Few debates about education in the United States are as partisan as the one over school vouchers. Vouchers are government certificates that parents can use to help pay for private schooling for their children. Critics say voucher programs take resources that could go toward public school systems. But the families and students who use vouchers say they provide rare educational opportunities. More

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Report says Los Angeles principals should have more authority in hiring teachers
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School principals should be able to hire any teacher of their choosing, and displaced tenured teachers who aren't rehired elsewhere within the system should be permanently dismissed, according to a new report. The research, paid for largely by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, offers a roadmap for improving the quality of teaching in the nation's second-largest school system, with recommendations strongly backed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. More

Texas Senate OKs teacher pay cuts, furloughs
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Legislation allowing school districts to reduce teacher pay and furlough them — to help absorb big budget cuts — sailed through the Texas Senate with a straight party-line vote. Lawmakers are working to cut $4 billion from the state's 1,040 public school districts. Giving school administrators flexibility to cut teacher pay and allow up to six days of unpaid leave — which existing law does not allow — will save teacher jobs, Senate Education Chair Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, said of school reform measure SB 8. More

Teachers prepare for national standards in Wyoming
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Next year's third-graders might learn a few more things than third-graders before them, as Wyoming teachers plan to incorporate new national standards. The state Board of Education decided in June 2010 to include the Common Core State Standards in language arts and math for k-12 in the next round of revisions to state standards. Since then, educators around the state have been drafting state standards and planning how to incorporate them into curricula. More


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Gov. Christie to unveil public-private school partnership plan
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Gov. Chris Christie will announce legislation to create public-private partnerships to run some schools in New Jersey, three people with knowledge of the plan said. Christie is scheduled to make the announcement at the Lanning Square Elementary School in Camden, N.J. More

Georgia hires team to work on teacher pay plan
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Saying they lack the expertise internally, the Georgia Department of Education plans to spend $758,000 to bring in outside help to develop a system for evaluating teachers and administrators based on how their students perform academically. As the state looks at linking students' performance to teachers' pay, the department wants a team of experts on teacher quality and evaluations to take the lead on creating the new and uniform system for evaluating Georgia's 143,000 teachers and school administrators. More

PreK-3 movement seeks to revolutionize early education
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The PreK-3 movement, which refers to the years spanning pre-kindergarten to third-grade, wants to revolutionize early education through an ambitious list of connected initiatives, including universal access to free public preschool, mandatory full-day kindergarten and a curriculum that is seamlessly connected from preschool to third-grade. More


Florida students continue to struggle in science on FCAT
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Florida students did better this year on the FCAT science exams, though fewer than half of those tested scored at grade level, results released this morning showed. "I'm very encouraged by the continued progress we are seeing in science, but the overall performance of our students is still far too low," said Education Commissioner Eric Smith. This year, 51 percent of fifth-graders scored at grade level — earning a 3 or better on the five-level test — while 46 percent of eighth-graders and 40 percent of 11th-graders did as well. More

California governor urged to restore funds for education databases
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Educators and a state legislator are calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to restore funding to two computer databases that track the performance of students and teachers and could provide insight into the effectiveness of key academic programs. In his latest proposed budget, Brown called for cutting nearly $3.5 million in funding for the two programs, which have long been in development. More

Support your school's arts program with a Crayola grant
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Strengthen arts education in your school with a 2011 grant to Champion Creatively Alive Children, a national program funded by Crayola and supported by NAESP's National Principals Resource Center. Crayola will award up to 20 grants, which include a $2,500 monetary award and $500 worth of Crayola products. More


Volunteers sought to build school in Dominican Republic
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NAESP has partnered with Lifetouch to provide members the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Memory Mission. More

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Study shows BULLYING reduced 41%

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