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9/27/2011

9/27/2011

PublicSchoolWORKS (PSW) has signed an agreement with Contra Costa County Schools Insurance Group (CCCSIG) in California for the group to implement PSW's Staff Training Management System, part of its award-winning EmployeeSafe Suite.

9/27/2011

Learning.com has added functionality to the 21st Century Skills Assessment taken nationally by more than half a million students. The Web-based assessment now prescribes lessons and activities from the award-winning EasyTech digital literacy curriculum.

9/27/2011

Meru Networks, Inc. transforms on-campus wireless connectivity with the industry?s only wireless solution for network-in-control Wi-Fi access replacing unscalable client-in-control network access approaches.

9/27/2011

Got it, pre-kindergartener? That message is about to become part of your curriculum in New Haven?and part of classroom time every month, every year, through 12th grade.

Officials unveiled that ambitious plan Monday at a press conference in the Hill Regional Career High School auditorium.

They announced that they?ve hired an outside outfit that has drawn up a curriculum for pre-K through 12 grades for teachers to drill the idea into all kids that they?re headed for college.

The plan is called ?Pathway to Promise.? The mission is building a ?college-going culture.?

9/27/2011

Take two kids, one from a low-income family, the other middle class. Let them run around and do little-kid things in their respective homes and then, at age 5, enroll them in kindergarten. Research shows that when the first day of school rolls around, the child from the low-income household will be as many as 1.5 years behind grade level in terms of language and prereading and premath skills. The middle-class kid will be as many as 1.5 years ahead. This means that, by the time these two 5-year-olds start school, the achievement gap between them is already as great as three years.

9/27/2011

One columnist?s idea of a good principal:

A good principal has been a teacher.

While Ivy Leaguers in their 20s can now become principals, Jacqui Getz, 51, the new principal of Public School 126, a high-poverty school in Chinatown, came up the old way. This is her third principal position, but before that, she was a teacher for nine years and an assistant principal for four. It?s hard for principals to win over teachers if they haven?t been one.

?You?re the principal,? Ms. Getz said, ?but you have to know how a teacher feels and how a teacher thinks.?

9/27/2011

For Banned Books Week, some schools put books that often top banned lists on prominent display. Others host readings from frequently banned novels.

The Bay County school district in Florida went one step farther, holding a mock school board meeting in Panama City to simulate discussion that would occur if a parent wanted a book banned. The county made headlines 25 years ago when the district superintendent banned more than 60 books from classrooms and school libraries after parent complaints.

9/27/2011

Six public elementary schools in Chicago launched a 90-minutes-longer school day on Monday.

One of the schools, Disney II Magnet School, was set to receive a visit from Chicago Public Schools head Jean-Claude Brizard, who wanted to thank the teachers who agreed to waive their contract and break from the Chicago Teachers Union, which has opposed the immediate institution of the longer day, earlier this month.

9/27/2011

Lots of school superintendents are nervously awaiting Louisiana's first-ever letter grades for about 1,300 public schools.

Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/qeFIty ) her district has put together information for principals to relay to parents.

Michael Faulk, superintendent of the Central Community School District, said some families will be caught off guard.

"Here you have parents, students have been going to school, been involved, and the grades come out and boom," Faulk said.

9/27/2011

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg pledged his support to the Obama administration?s plan to give states relief from the most onerous provision of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, which would require all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014.

?We should?ve, could?ve, would?ve, but we?re not? going to reach all of the goals, Mr. Bloomberg said.

9/27/2011

President Obama is offering to free public schools from many of the requirements of a controversial federal education law. But as states consider whether to take him up on it, they're realizing the offer comes with some costs.

9/27/2011

Since its publication in 1965, Truman Capote?s ?In Cold Blood? has been widely recognized as a seminal work in American literature, frequently appearing on high school and college reading lists.

But the contents of the nonfiction novel, which detail the brutal murder of a Kansas family, are apparently too macabre for some Glendale Unified School District officials and parents who are seeking to block a request by a high school English teacher to add the text to the district?s advanced English curriculum.

9/26/2011

9/26/2011

Like many Republicans, Atlanta's Stella Lohmann -- a blogger, teacher and former journalist -- is fed up with mandates, funding requests, lawsuit avoidance and a one-size-fits-all approach to education and says the federal government has undertaken a massive overreach.

Now, her question on what Republicans are going to do about it ? asked during the Fox News/Google debate on Thursday night -- has re-ignited a once-novel debate over eliminating the U.S. Education Department. And judging by the GOP candidates' reaction, the option may come back in vogue, if not into reality.

9/26/2011

States that reform their education systems could gain relief from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act under a plan announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Education.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told Midwest reporters in a conference call that states that apply for a waiver can have the increased flexibility "in exchange for a real commitment to reform."

9/26/2011

State ethics officials will review the circumstances surrounding a trip Iowa?s top education official took to Brazil that was indirectly paid for by a foundation with ties to an education firm that does business with the state.

Jason Glass, director of the Iowa Department of Education, was one of 12 state school chiefs to participate in the mid-September trip, sponsored by the Council of Chief School State Officers and funded through a grant from the Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit side of one of the world?s largest developers of educational assessments.

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