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9/21/2011

9/21/2011

Public schools in Wisconsin will have to make do with $800 million less from the state over the next two years, under the budget passed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led Legislature. But state spending on programs that provide public dollars to private schools will see a net increase of nearly $17 million.??

And, for that, these private schools can thank Alice Walton and her family.??

9/21/2011

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina is the 2011 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, officials announced Tuesday. The award is given to urban districts that make big academic improvements while narrowing achievement gaps.

The other finalists were Broward County Public Schools (Florida), Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Florida) and Ysleta ISD (El Paso).

The winning district and all three finalists have been previous finalists for the award.

9/21/2011

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the city school district can allow an outside group to run two long-struggling campuses.

The teachers union had sued to stop the Los Angeles Unified School District from letting Green Dot Public Schools, a charter school organization, take over all of Clay Middle School in Athens and half of Jordan High in Watts. The other half of Jordan is operated by a nonprofit group backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Classes have started at both campuses.

9/21/2011

Teachscape and Educational Testing Service have partnered to create the Framework for Teaching Proficiency System, the new system that helps observers make reliable, consistent, and defensible judgments of teaching practice.

9/21/2011

ASCD announces the addition of Efrain Mercado Jr. and Katie Hill to its public policy team. Mercado and Hill will support the association?s common core initiative to advance understanding and implementation of the common core state standards in targeted states and districts nationwide.

9/21/2011

Epson introduced the Epson? PowerLite? S11 and X12, two bright, affordable and feature-rich projectors. Starting at $449*, the PowerLite S11 and X12 replace the popular PowerLite S9 and X9 and deliver enhanced connectivity, increased brightness, flexible setup features, and extended lamp life for today?s budget conscious schools.

9/21/2011

Through Shape the Future program, new effort will provide students with the digital tools needed for academic and job-market success to help drive economic recovery.

9/20/2011

9/20/2011

Controversy over standardized testing has popped up again in Washington. But this time it's the subject matter that has been called into question.

Beginning in April, D.C. public and public charter schools will administer the nation's first statewide test on human sexuality, health and drug use, the Washington Post reports.

9/20/2011

Last year, Mosinee Middle School social studies teacher Paul Nievinski chose a new evaluation process his school district offered for experienced teachers.

Instead of having his principal sit in his class for several hours during the school year, Nievinski created a professional development plan by evaluating his own performance, setting specific goals for himself and then following up with administrators.

9/20/2011

A dozen school districts in Kentucky will be sharing an $8.8 million, three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

Officials say the "Integration Grant" will support the integration of several critical streams of work - measures of effective teaching, implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and the development of innovative tools and resources to help teachers deliver instruction.

9/20/2011

In recent years, the Pearson Foundation has paid to send state education commissioners to meet with their international counterparts in London, Helsinki, Singapore and, just last week, Rio de Janeiro.

The commissioners stay in expensive hotels, like the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore. They spend several days meeting with educators in these places. They also meet with top executives from the commercial side of Pearson, which is one of the biggest education companies in the world, selling standardized tests, packaged curriculum and Prentice Hall textbooks.

9/20/2011

You would think by now I would be numb to the complaints about No Child Left Behind. After all, the law's been on the books for nearly a decade now. But here we are, debating many of the same questions, at the heart of which is the soft bigotry of low expectations. At what point will we have the courage to call out those who shamelessly believe poor and minority kids can't learn and get serious about holding the very school systems that our hard-earned tax dollars support accountable for the education of America's young people?

9/20/2011

When Ohio started removing science and social studies from its elementary school curriculum, Patty Elwell took action. Rather than opting for a private school or home school, however, Elwell in 2004 became one of the first parents to enroll her kids in an online public school.

?In spite of everyone?s best efforts the local school couldn?t meet their academic needs,? says Elwell, a former full-time teacher in southwest Ohio who has a son in 12th grade and a daughter in ninth. ?My only regret was I didn?t do it sooner."

9/20/2011

The Florida Board of Education could recommend lawmakers revise the state school performance system at a meeting tomorrow.

School districts have complained the system sets higher standards for the state?s lowest-rated schools. For a low-rated school to pull itself off a watch list the district must improve more rapidly than other state districts.

The result is that a district on a state watch list could earn a failing grade, school officials have said, while the same performance might earn another district a ?C?.

9/20/2011

Imagine Learning has launched a customer recognition program, Imagine Nation, to celebrate successful schools and share their best practices for using the company?s award-winning language and literacy software solution, Imagine Learning English.

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