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The consequences of 'last in, first out' personnel policies
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Tough economic times mean tight school district budgets, possibly for years to come. Education is a labor-intensive industry, and because most districts devote well over half of all spending to teacher compensation, budget cuts have already led to the most substantial teacher layoffs in recent memory. Although the 2010 federal Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act forestalled steeper staffing cuts, school district expenditures are expected to fall once more and it is highly unlikely the federal government will step in again. More


Beyond the bubble test: How will we measure learning in the future?
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Last September, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced: "Today is a great day! I have looked forward to this day for a long time–and so have America's teachers, parents, students and school leaders." Duncan was excited about a new way of testing students, one that goes "beyond the bubble test," the standardized assessments students take every year that have long been criticized as not only useless in measuring any kind of real learning, but actually detrimental to the entire education system. More

California law requires LGBT history in textbooks
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Public schools in California will be required to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans starting Jan. 1 after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill to add the topic to the social sciences curriculum. Textbooks now must include information on the role of LGBT Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, though California's budget crisis has delayed the purchasing of new books until at least 2015. More

Texas Board of Education to debate evolution again as science materials reviewed
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Human evolution and Charles Darwin's theories, hot topics for the Texas Board of Education when they approved new science standards two years ago, are back for a new round of debate. Board members are scheduled to review and adopt supplemental science materials that incorporate the new curriculum standards adopted in 2009, including those that deal with evolution and Darwin's principles on the development of life on Earth. More

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To save money, some principals return to teaching
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New York City principals have to finalize their budgets for the coming school year, and a few are taking a do it yourself approach. They're planning to save money by going back into the classrooms. 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.

Youth entrepreneurship programs encourage thinking big
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A growing number of youth entrepreneur training programs around the country are helping students boost their business savvy and polish their math, reading and writing skills. Keeping at-risk students in school by engaging them in relevant, hands-on learning is also a big goal of some of these programs. More

Obama asks corporate CEOs to donate more to education
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President Barack Obama hosted a meeting at the White House with top business executives to highlight the role of corporate cash contributions to K-12 education. The White House packaged the event as a way to reinforce its message of tying educational progress to the nation's economic future. "There's no other group that better understands the importance of increasing excellence in America's schools than our business leaders," said Melody Barnes, White House domestic policy adviser. More

Case Study Could Shape Physical Education Across Nation
Less than 36% of students are receiving elementary school physical education. Much to the dismay of physical educators, concerned parents, public health advocates and pediatricians, the public policy mandating physical education has been largely ignored. MORE

Government study: STEM jobs see better pay
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Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields pay an average 26 percent more than other occupations and grew three times faster the past decade, according to a study. The Obama administration is citing the report partly to put numbers behind its push to invest more to increase jobs in so-called STEM fields. Many employers lament a dire shortage of highly skilled workers despite 9.2 percent unemployment. More

New details emerge on Duncan's NCLB waiver plan
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It's been about a month since U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that, since Congress wasn't making significant progress on reauthorizing the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education, he would step in and offer waivers to states from parts of the law. Now, of course, the big question is: What exactly would that mean? The department has been mum so far (even to some members of Congress) but speculation about the specifics is high, particularily among state chiefs. More

Los Angeles schools to revamp their ban on social promotion
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The nation's second-largest school district officially launched itself once more into an ongoing national debate over social promotion, the practice of moving students to the next grade even when they're academically unprepared. The Los Angeles Board of Education agreed to begin revamping a policy that bars the advancement of unqualified students to the next grade. The rules have been loosely enforced. One proposal is to focus more intensively on struggling students in grades three, five and seven, considered key transition years. More

Education reforms underfunded, Illinois schools chief warns
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Illinois lawmakers got rave reviews nationally for major education reforms aimed at improving teacher performance, but the state schools chief is warning they didn't provide enough money to put the plan in place. The result is that it could take longer than advertised for the much-heralded changes to kick in, and education officials are scrambling to find cash to plug the gaps. More

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Kansas Education Board wants state's school funding restored
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Kansas policymakers are expected to learn just how well they did at cutting government spending and collecting revenue in the last fiscal year. Preliminary numbers from the legislative staff suggest there could be as much as $175 million in the bank as Kansas enters fiscal year 2012. More

Washington, DC, evaluations target hundreds for firing or bonuses
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Washington, D.C., school officials plan to give significant pay bonuses to hundreds of teachers — and to dismiss more than 200 others — based on their performance as measured by the city's teacher-evaluation system, officials announced. In all, 663 teachers will qualify for bonuses or raises based on high performance in the second year of the IMPACT teacher-evaluation system, while 206 teachers, or 5 percent of the district's teaching force, will be dismissed. More

Call for proposals now open for 2012 conference
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Submit a proposal to present a concurrent session at NAESP's 2012 conference March 22-24 in Seattle. More


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Study shows BULLYING reduced 41%

Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago just released findings from a randomized-control trial in 14 schools in Chicago. Schools using the Positive Action program from 3rd to 5th grade reduced bullying by 41%, violence by 37% and substance use by 31%. Academic effects will be released soon.
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