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Scissors, glue, pencils? Check. Cleaning spray?
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Schools across the country are beginning the new school year with shrinking budgets and outsize demands for basic supplies. And while many parents are wincing at picking up the bill, retailers are rushing to cash in by expanding the back-to-school category like never before. More

Commentary: On education policy, Obama is like Bush
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The Education Department kicked off its first ever "Bullying Summit" with a speech by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about the need "to break the cycle of bullying." But if Duncan really wants to stop the biggest bully in America's schools right now, he'll have to confront his boss, President Obama. In federal education policy, the president and his education secretary have been the neighborhood toughs — bullying teachers, civil rights groups, even Obama's revered community organizers. More

Common standards, accountability, the feds, and Texas
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The common-standards initiative is in transition. For a while, it was all about development. The next wave was about state adoptions. Now states and districts are trying to figure out how to turn the standards into teachable stuff for kids. More


No Child Left Behind tracking finds fewer referred to special education
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One unexpected outcome of federal No Child Left Behind requirements is that fewer children are referred to special education because they can't read. Alabama State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton said the reason lies in the data schools get from information about subgroups of children for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress report. More

Back to school: How to handle separation anxiety with kids
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Every year, the scene plays out in classrooms across the nation. A child clings to his mother, tears welling in his eyes as he pleads with her to stay a few moments longer. The first day of kindergarten is an exciting time for parents and children, but it can also be stressful, especially for kids who have never spent significant time away from mom and dad. The good news is that psychologists say separation anxiety is generally short-lived and there are time-tested methods to help reduce everyone's tension. More

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Taking schools into their own hands
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During the last weeks of the term, third graders at School 58-World of Inquiry School created an oil spill in a bowl. Under the guidance of teacher Alyson Ricci, they tried to clean it up. Cotton swabs worked. The school last year won the national Excellence in Urban Education Award, with all students meeting state proficiency rates in science and social studies. It's an exception, though, in a Rochester system where fewer than half of the 32,000 public-school students graduate on time. More

Willingham: Can reformers control their own reforms?
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The best books show you a new way of thinking about a familiar issue. Paul Peterson's Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning, offers a new way of thinking about education reform by recounting the histories of reformers. The book tells the story of six great figures: Horace Mann, John Dewey, Martin Luther King Jr., Al Shanker, William Bennett, James Coleman, and one perhaps-great-figure-to-be, Julie Young, President and CEO of Florida Virtual School. A diverse group, to be sure, but Peterson makes a persuasive case that more than just the "reformer" label binds them. Although they struggled for different goals, a thread of continuity runs through their histories: that of increased centralization of education. More


Report: Connecticut schools improve rankings against federal benchmarks
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The percentage of Connecticut schools that met federal benchmarks for math and reading rose to 72 percent this year, an improvement that school officials attribute primarily to intensive, targeted planning and instruction in poor urban schools, according to a report released. More

Study: Recasting Michigan schools would save millions
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Michigan taxpayers could save $612 million a year by reshaping or consolidating public schools along county lines, according to a report. The annual savings after three years from trimming school management layers, recasting administration and erasing district boundaries would equal roughly four percent of total school budgets, says a study from Michigan State University researchers that was commissioned by Booth Newspapers. More

New Jersey Senate Education Committee to consider bill to expand charter school system    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The New Jersey Senate Education Committee meets to discuss a bill that would create new avenues to expand the New Jersey charter school system. The bill would allow Rutgers University to authorize the creation of charter schools — something only the commissioner of education can currently do. It would also expand their scope to include online schools, single-sex schools and schools for students with special needs, such as autistic children. More

Triumph fades on racial gap in New York City schools
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When results from the 2010 tests, which New York officials said presented a more accurate portrayal of students' abilities, they came as a blow to the legacy of the mayor and the chancellor, as passing rates dropped by more than 25 percentage points on most tests. But the most painful part might well have been the evaporation of one of their signature accomplishments: the closing of the racial achievement gap. More

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Virginia schools fall short of new benchmarks, but scores rise slightly
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Average scores on Virginia's Standards of Learning math exams rose slightly and reading performance remained static in the 2009-2010 school year, but the vast majority of public schools across the state failed to meet new performance benchmarks for graduation rates and for students with disabilities, according to results released by the Virginia Department of Education. More

New York schools to see infusion of federal funding
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The good news is New York State, in a summertime gift from Washington, is poised to suddenly get $607 million in federal dollars to pump into its 700 school districts. The bad news? No one knows how much any district will get, or all the restrictions on how the money can be spent, or what happens when the new aid dries up. More

August — A month of changes
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While you've been enjoying your summer, we've been working on a complete revitalization of NAESP's website. The new site began on Aug. 16, and we think you'll find it easier to read, navigate, search, and refer to — whether you're looking for an article in Principal, renewing your membership, or checking out our social media sites. We look forward to your feedback as we develop a new hub for your association and professional needs. The 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition website also launched on Aug. 16. Register for what promises to be another spectacular opportunity for professional development. For all the latest NAESP news, click here.

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NAESP Foundation announces online auction
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To kick off the 2010-2011 school year, the NAESP Foundation and My School Auctions will be holding an online auction from Sept. 16-30. You're invited to join us as we "test drive" a fabulous new approach to fundraising and help raise money for the NAESP Foundation. Starting Sept. 16, you can bid on a fabulous variety of items all starting at $1 with no reserve! Proceeds will go to the NAESP Foundation. Visit the NAESP website on Aug. 23 to preview our exciting items!




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