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In trimming school budgets, more officials turn to a four-day week
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pressed for dollars, a growing number of public schools are doing what many educators once considered unimaginable: eliminating an entire school day each week. At least 292 school districts nationwide have a four-day week, according to a Washington Post survey, more than double the 120 estimated two years ago. More


Sen. Casey urges more computer courses
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At the Pittsburgh Public Schools' Science and Technology Academy the motto is "Dream, Discover, Design." "We need more schools like this in Pennsylvania and across the country," said U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, who found the Oakland school the perfect setting to promote the Computer Science Education Act he introduced in the Senate. The bill, which Casey hopes will be folded into pending revisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, has as its goal strengthening K-12 computer science education to prepare students for high-paying computing jobs. More

US students make gains in math but stall in reading
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Public school students across the United States posted record scores in math this year but their progress stalled in reading, according to results of nationwide testing released. In math, 40 percent of fourth-graders and 35 percent of eighth-graders scored at a level that was proficient or advanced, higher than at any time since National Assessment of Education Progress testing began 20 years ago. More

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Digital book-sharing unlocks print for students
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Inspired by music-sharing service Napster, the nonprofit Bookshare turns books into a format that can be read aloud by computers, magnified and spaced differently so that students with vision problems or learning disabilities can read them. They're even available at the same time new releases reach bookstore shelves, unlike typical audiobooks. Bookshare's services are an example of how e-book technology has powerful potential for students who previously relied on more cumbersome alternatives to the traditional book. More


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New study says teachers aren't underpaid
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For years, leaders such as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former first lady Laura Bush have said teachers need to be paid more. But researchers from two conservative think tanks say otherwise in a report released. In 2003, Bush argued, "Salaries are too low. We all know that ... we need to figure out a way to pay teachers more." And just last month, Duncan said in a speech at a Detroit school that teachers are "desperately underpaid" and that their salaries should be doubled. More

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The problem with paying teachers less
Time (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's not often that you hear teachers should be paid less. In fact, it's almost always the exact opposite. From teachers unions to education reformers to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the refrain that teachers are underpaid is a constant. So, when conservative thinkers at the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation issued a paper arguing not only that teachers are overpaid, but when you factor in pensions, health care and other benefits, that total compensation for teachers is 52 percent higher than fair market value, it was bound to be controversial. More

Good relationship with teacher can protect 1st-graders from aggression
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Children who have a good relationship with their teacher may be protected from expressing aggression and being the target of aggression at school. That's the key finding in a new study of Canadian first graders that appears in the journal Child Development. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Quebec at Montreal, Laval University, the University of Alabama, the University of Montreal and University College Dublin. More

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Perceptions mixed on kids and digital media
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A majority of American parents say they are concerned that digital media is interfering with childhood development. Yet most do not think their own children spend too much time with electronic devices. That's according to a recent report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The nonprofit research lab analyzed surveys of 810 parents with children ages 3 through 10 and reported some seemingly paradoxical findings. More

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Poverty-related stress affects readiness for school
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Stress in the lives of poor children is one cause of the early achievement gap that pushes children from low-income homes behind their more advantaged classmates as they start school. That's the finding from a new study by scientists at Pennsylvania State University, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers examined a group of cognitive processes called executive functions, which are important for regulating behavior, managing new information and making academic progress in the early elementary grades. More

A national call for more learning time in schools
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Over 450 education leaders from 30 states — including superintendents, teachers, school board members, charter school leaders, policymakers and foundation leaders — gathered in Boston for the first National Convening of Expanding Learning Time. They gathered to listen, learn and discuss how breaking from the shackles of an antiquated school schedule of just 180 six-and-a-half hour days is fundamental to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps that plague the schools in our nation that serve our most disadvantaged students. More


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Duncan on ESEA: You don't want a weak bill
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So, after pushing Congress for years to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it doesn't sound like Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is such a fan of the bill that passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. More

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eRate applicants face important changes with this year's program
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As schools get ready to apply for federal eRate discounts for the 2012 funding year, applicants and service providers will notice some new changes to the nearly $2.3 billion-a-year program that helps schools and libraries acquire telecommunications services and internet infrastructure. The two biggest changes to the program are new gift enforcement rules and updates to the Children's Internet Protection Act. More

Want economic growth? Invest in education
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Many of the challenges our nation is currently facing can be overcome in the long term by providing a better education and more opportunities for our children. Quality education directly affects economic growth. We need a successful education infrastructure that creates a strong foundation to ensure the future success of our nation. We must invest in early-childhood education and other successful education programs like distance-learning in Tennessee — a project led by the Niswonger Foundation. More


Fight against bullying moves to Congress
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Nearly every state has its own laws addressing bullying, but now federal lawmakers are weighing legislation to protect students from bullying and harassment that would apply to every school and district in the country and could also add an explicit layer of protection for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. More

Merit pay for schools may make the grade in New Jersey
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The leader of the New Jersey Senate said he won't stand in the way of a bill introducing merit pay into classrooms, so long as it singles out schools, not individual teachers, for achievement. Senate President Stephen Sweeney told The Associated Press a merit pay bill that rewards schools for exceeding educational expectations could be debated before the Legislature recesses for the winter holidays. More

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New law would revamp Illinois School Report Cards
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The Illinois annual School Report Card would get its first makeover in more than a decade under legislation now before the state Senate. The reports are published every fall for each of Illinois' more than 3,000 public schools and contain a treasure trove of information, detailing everything from test scores to student demographics to average teacher salary. More

Report: No significant result from early school start in Minnesota
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Test scores did not change significantly last year in 25 southwest Minnesota school districts that had special permission to begin the school year before Labor Day, according to a report. Leaders of those districts, however, believe the early start will eventually boost achievement. The report also includes results of a survey that found more students, teachers and community members agree. More

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Tell us where you stand
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School improvement models, principal evaluation methods, Pre-K through third-grade alignment — what are your thoughts on these issues? Now's the time to tell us! NAESP members have a representative on the Association's Resolutions Committee, which updates the positions for which our advocacy team lobbies in Washington, D.C. Share your ideas today. More

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Principals' Help Line: Answers, just for principals
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As a principal, usually, you're the one with all the answers — but where do you turn when you're the one with the questions? The Principals' Help Line is the place to start. This confidential, members-only advice portal allows principals to receive, via email, ideas and advice from veteran members of NAESP's National Principal Mentor Program. Have a pressing question? Submit now and receive the solutions you need to be a better school leader. More






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