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Storm closes hundreds of schools across Northeast
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Thousands of schoolchildren around the Northeast had one of the earliest snow days in memory after a snowstorm dumped as much as 30 inches of wet, heavy snow that snapped power lines and trees, causing widespread power outages that threatened to disrupt Halloween trick-or-treating. Communities from Maine to Maryland went into now-familiar emergency mode as shelters were opened, inaccessible roads were closed, regional transit was suspended or delayed and local leaders urged caution. More


Professional learning networks taking off
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Face-to-face interaction has its benefits, but busy educators who want to ask advice, offer opinions and engage in deep discussions with colleagues are increasingly turning to professional learning networks — online communities that allow the sharing of lesson plans, teaching strategies and student work, as well as collaboration across grade levels and departments. More

In a standardized era, a creative school is forced to be more so
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Science students at Oyster River Middle School used to spend two weeks building an underwater robotic vessel. Social studies classes used to have the time to re-enact the Boston Massacre — but no more. Last year, No Child Left Behind caught up with the school. Under the law's mandates for adequate yearly progress, the school was one of 326 public schools in New Hampshire — 69 percent of the total — deemed to be failing. So this year, Oyster River got serious about test prep. More

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Students watch dolphins in real time
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Dolphins cavorting along the coast of southwest Florida delighted passengers on an eco-tour boat as students at Pennsylvania's Crafton and Carnegie elementary schools watched from about 1,000 miles away. Using modern technology, two teachers in the Carlynton School District have made it possible for their students to see dolphins "live" and in real time. More


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5 education practices that should be replicated nationally
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Education leaders are always looking for examples of successful programs they might be able to replicate within their own districts. But it can be challenging to find a program or policy that could work for hundreds, or even thousands, of diverse schools, districts and states. That's why, in a follow-up question to our story, "Readers: These 10 education policies need to go," we recently asked readers: "If you could name only one, what school or district practice would you like to see replicated or implemented nationally, and why?" Here are our readers' best responses. More

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Power of words: Attorneys help kids define the line between jokes and bullying
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As a child, Allegheny County Bar Association Media Relations director Tom Loftus never meant to hurt his brother's feelings. He wasn't the ringleader of the crew making fun of his brother's deafness, or even an active participant in the conversation. He just stood by silently while his friends cracked jokes about the disability. After his mother found out, however, Loftus and his friends were taught a lesson to make them think twice about what they considered to be a laughing matter. More

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How many students with disabilities take the NAEP?
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While many students with disabilities are included in state exams in reading, math and other subjects, in 2005, a Government Accountability Office report found that they are more likely to be excluded from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card. Even before the GAO report, there were studies and questions about whether students with disabilities participated in the NAEP. More

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Schools bring breakfast into the classroom
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Every morning in Sarah McKerr's third-grade class at Foster Elementary School in Compton, Calif., students turn in their homework and file back to their seats with something in hand: a free breakfast. Over the past year, the Compton Unified School District has moved breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the classroom at 21 of its 22 elementary schools. It's one of several districts in the state that is feeding more students by changing where and when they eat. More


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Study: Violence more common among kids of combat veterans
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A new study suggests that when parents are deployed in the military, their children are more than twice as likely to carry a weapon, join a gang or be involved in fights. And that includes the daughters. "This study raises serious concerns about an under-recognized consequence of war," said Sarah Reed, who led the research of military families in Washington state. More

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Schools and libraries still living in dial-up age
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Remember the agony of waiting for a website to load, before broadband was widely available? According to a recent survey, a lot of American schools and libraries are still living in that era. Only 35 percent of public libraries have broadband speeds between 1.5 Mbps and 10 Mbps (a rather broad range); 34.7 percent have speeds lower than 1.5 Mbps, and only 24.9 percent have broadband speeds higher than 10 Mbps, according to data from the American Library Association's Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey. More

Clock ticking on Senate bill to overhaul NCLB
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Leaders of the Senate education committee still aim to push a bipartisan revision of the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Act through Congress by year's end, in time to stave off the Obama administration's move to offer states waivers of parts of the nearly decade-old law. That appears to be a tall order, given the short and crowded legislative calendar, polarized political climate, and lack of consensus within the K-12 community on issues — such as accountability and teacher quality — at the heart of the law, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More


Bachmann: To fight school bullying, eliminate US Department of Education
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Speaking at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., responded to an audience member's question about what she would do about teen bullying in schools by reiterating her oft-repeated call for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education. "I think that this is an issue that needs to be handled at the local level," Bachmann said. "I don't like to have the federal government involved in telling the local schools what to do. For one thing, there was no federal Department of Education until the late 1970s. So, I don't want the federal government involved. I actually want to end the federal Department of Education." More

Bill would allow more Michigan 'cyber' schools
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Michigan would allow more "cyber" charter schools under legislation narrowly approved by the Republican-led state Senate, one of many measures lawmakers are considering to expand public education options in the state. The bill that would allow the opening of more online, virtual schools was passed by a 20-18 vote with six Republicans joining Democrats in opposition. More

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Idaho teacher bonuses to depend on parents
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Parents across Idaho will now play a role in whether or not their child's teacher gets a raise. Teacher bonuses in more than two dozen school districts statewide will depend to some degree on how well they can engage parents throughout the year, as part of new education changes signed into law earlier this year. The laws championed by public schools chief Tom Luna carry sweeping changes for Idaho's public schools that include phasing in laptops for high school teachers and students, while requiring online courses. More

Illinois elementary school achievement gap narrowing
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Illinois' latest standardized test results show that the achievement gap among elementary school students is narrowing, largely because of gains among black, special education and low-income students, the Illinois State Board of Education announced. The board also said that nine schools flagged for improvement under the decade-old federal No Child Left Behind Act were taken off that status because they made adequate yearly progress for two years in a row. The improvement came even as the state's proficiency benchmarks rose 7.5 percent over the past two years. More

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Economy, changes cut interest in teaching careers
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The economy and changes in how teachers are assessed and paid are being blamed for a drop in the number of education majors at many colleges across Indiana. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne saw the number of education majors drop 19 percent this fall. Ball State University saw an 8 percent decline and Trine University is reporting an 18 percent drop. More

Put a stop to bullying at your school
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NAESP's new bullying prevention page has a wealth of resources to help you combat bullying in your school, from articles to videos to comprehensive policies, all attuned to the needs of principals. Want to share a stellar solution that's worked in your school? Send it to us at and we'll add it to the page. More

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