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Educators still trying to come to grips with No Child Left Behind will soon face another challenge. Although this new program will start in four months, no one knows the rules yet, but everyone knows what's at stake $790 million in grants.

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Flipping the Switch Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ!

The Great Debate

After reading "The Great Debate" (March 2006, p. 75), which is an excellent article, I am struck by some comments made by Nick Matzke.

At Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Ore., blog posts and e-mails have replaced paper notes stuffed in teachers' mailboxes. Staff meetings, now devoid of the exchange of routine information, are done in half the time and focus solely on best practices and curriculum. Planning for the staff holiday party? Done online. So too are the principal's advisories to staff, including recommended magazine articles, notice of cancelled meetings and even notes and minutes from various staff meetings.

04/2006

Surveys show that most teachers, students and parents positively perceive laptop initiatives, but few controlled studies have examined the relationship between various laptop programs and student achievement. As district officials weigh options for investing limited technology dollars, they may wish to consider what the research can (and can't) tell us.

Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. faced a hot scare in the cold war. The Soviet Union launched in 1957 the first satellite, Sputnik, into space, sending the U.S. into a tizzy of fear. So the government poured billions of dollars into the space program as well as better math and science programs in American schools.

Now, the nation's schools are facing an economic scare in part due to countries like China and India taking on more American jobs.

Teachers at Oakwood Elementary School in Lakewood, Wash., outside of Seattle, watched TV at their first staff meeting last fall, and the dial was turned to the local news.

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Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to

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NAACP Fights Connecticut's Lawsuit

Making clear that the Connecticut NAACP is not endorsing the No Child Left Behind law, President Scot X. Esdaile says the NAACP state chapter is choosing to side with the U.S. Department in Education while the state fights to have their lawsuit from being dismissed.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is fighting a court's decision last December to dismiss the state's lawsuit. Blumenthal says the law is an unfunded mandate and unfairly costs the state and local taxpayers millions of dollars.

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iMac

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Few topics strike terror in the hearts of K-12 school administrators like the evolution v. intelligent design debate and with good reason.

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