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History, geography, economics, civics and government subjects included beneath the "social studies" umbrella are defined in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation as core subjects. But "social studies is getting short shrift in the classroom as teachers and administrators focus almost exclusively on achievement test results in math and reading," claims the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Vallas Leaves Philly for New Orleans

Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas announced in April that he would be leaving the 174,000-student system, saying that he had fulfilled his five year commitment to serve the district.

Federal Bulletin Stirs Ambiguous Fears Over School Bus Security

A bulletin recently released by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security cautions local law enforcement that foreigners with ties to extremist groups have obtained school bus licenses.

USDE Study on Educational Technology Effectiveness

K12 Spanish Language Immersion Program

As NCLB Reauthorization Looms,Many Debate the Logistics

At the North Allegheny School District, Pennsylvania's seventh-highest-performing district out of 500, students have benefited from a partnership between an unlikely pair: the North Allegheny Teachers' Federation the district's teachers' union and Superintendent Patricia Green's administration.

Teachers and students at Escondido Union School District (Calif.) are becoming veritable desktop moviemakers thanks to a digital media project that has boosted teacher morale and student achievement.

Don Knezek of the International Society for Technology in Education has served with the organization for years. Since 1999, he has directed the association's National Center for Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology, targeted to improving technology preparation among teachers.

SCHOOL VIOLENCE IS TAKING its toll. So far in the 2006-2007 school year, American school staff and students have suffered 28 school-related violent deaths and 53 nonfatal shooting incidents, according to the National School Safety and Security Services in Cleveland.

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