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9/26/2011

9/26/2011

With his declaration on Friday that he would waive the most contentious provisions of a federal education law, President Obama effectively rerouted the nation?s education history after a turbulent decade of overwhelming federal influence.

Mr. Obama invited states to reclaim the power to design their own school accountability and improvement systems, upending the centerpiece of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, a requirement that all students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

9/26/2011

With the launch of the Simply Good program in Randolph Public Schools, Chartwells plans to educate elementary, middle and high school students about the importance of eating locally grown foods.

9/26/2011

Boys and girls may be opposites, but new research shows that in the classroom, separating the two sexes may not be the best way for either gender to learn and grow.

A new report, published in the journal Science, states that students who attend single-sex schools are no better educated than those who attend co-ed schools. Plus, children are more likely to accept gender stereotypes when they go to an all-boys or all-girls school.

9/26/2011

When passed by Congress in 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act aimed to improve student performance and teacher accountability.
But more than a decade after it was approved, critics say change is needed because successful schools are increasingly being labeled as failures, and the emphasis on testing narrows school curriculum.

Educators and lawmakers say a revamp of the federal education policy is needed immediately.

9/26/2011

NBC's Education Nation Summit kicked-off with a Teacher Town Hall Meeting at Rockfeller Plaza and immediately sparked debate.

Host Brian Williams released the results of a survey: Teachers believe only 63% of students leave high school prepared for college. The reasons for the given included a lack of academic preparation, a lack of student motivation and a lack of encouragement. The statement generated more than 1900 comments on Facebook, Twitter and EducationNation.com within the first few minutes of the meeting.

9/26/2011

Greater Southern Tier BOCES and many of its member school districts are pitching in to help school districts affected by the catastrophic flood that hit nearly three weeks ago.

"The collaboration among the districts in the GST BOCES region was amazing," said Brian Bentley, superintendent of buildings and grounds at GST BOCES. "The willingness to help others in hard times is commendable."

Much of the aid has been given to the Owego-Apalachin School District, which is a member of Broome-Tioga BOCES.

9/26/2011

Having failed to attract investors to a proposed wind farm project in downstate Stark County, Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300, Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 and Keeneyville Elementary District 20 are looking at another option that will enable them to harness the power of wind energy.

Initially, the three districts? School Wind Consortium Joint Action Renewable Energy Agency sought to purchase wind turbines in Stark County, located northwest of Peoria.

9/26/2011

After three decades of serving STEM education, Vernier Software and Technology has chosen 30 innovative schools to receive its 30th anniversary technology grants. Each of the 30 selected schools will receive $10,000 worth of Vernier technology equipment of their choosing.

9/26/2011

Digital Wish and Kodak have teamed up to create educator-only discounts on high definition video camera bundles, bringing more visual learning projects to classrooms across America.

9/26/2011

Through the professional development series Everyday STEM, K-5 teachers discover that STEM concepts lie within storybooks, history lessons, art projects, and more ? and they learn how to coax these principles out of their everyday lessons.

9/23/2011

9/23/2011

President Obama is poised to broaden federal influence in schools by scrapping key elements of No Child Left Behind, the George W. Bush administration?s signature education law, and substituting his own brand of school reform.

While unpopular with Republicans in Congress and some in the educational establishment, the move is drawing applause from governors struggling to meet the demands of the nine-year-old law.

9/23/2011

So, what do you want to be when you grow up?

While many of us are still asking that question, the four cooperative work education programs at Granby Memorial High School actually try to do something about it by assisting students to prepare for post-secondary education and/or entry into the workforce.

During a presentation to the board of education Wednesday evening, Greg O?Neil, a business teacher at the high school who also oversees the state-certified programs, outlined four options that are available to students:

9/23/2011

Given how preoccupied everyone is with the economy, education is even less of an issue in this presidential campaign than usual. Most of the Republican candidates do not even include education positions on their websites. And the two GOP heavyweights who have garnered the best reviews from education reformers on both sides of the aisle are not even in the race: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is sitting the campaign out, and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty dropped out after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll.

9/23/2011

The floors are just bare concrete, but students are back in class at Moretown Elementary School after flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Irene forced it to hold classes outside under tents ? including one cold, stormy day when students huddled under blankets and sipped cocoa during math.

Like other Vermont schools, Moretown had to adapt to get students back to school as quickly as possible ? a top priority in the upheaval from the Aug. 28 storm, which swept over Vermont just as the academic year was beginning.

9/23/2011

The Kansas City School District took its case to the people Wednesday evening, urging a packed house to rally around schools that have been abandoned too many times in the past.

While many in the crowd joined in support, it was apparent by the number of questions about a chance to change districts that many parents also are eyeing a way out.

Parents plotting an escape from the district may think their day comes Jan. 1 ? when the district loses accreditation and triggers a law allowing transfers.

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