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9/15/2011

9/15/2011

Fewer than half the states routinely analyze suspicious numbers of erasures on standardized school tests, a key method of detecting cheating by teachers or their bosses.

A survey by USA TODAY of state education agencies found that 20 states and Washington, D.C., did erasure analysis on all pencil-and-paper tests required during the 2010-11 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

That means nearly 45% of the annual reading and math exams this year were scored without analyzing erasures.

9/15/2011

A businessman turned educator with strong ties to the Obama administration is Broward?s new schools chief.

The Broward School Board selected Robert Runcie, chief of staff to the Chicago Board of Education, as the district?s new superintendent, the first black man to permanently hold the job.

Runcie, a Harvard-educated computer consultant who was recruited to help clean up Chicago schools after an episode of mismanagement, will now head the nation?s sixth-largest school district.

9/15/2011

The Palm Beach County School District stands to gain $98.4 million for construction and capital projects under President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act, the district learned Tuesday.

The bill, sent from the White House to Congress on Monday, is estimated to cost the U.S. Treasury $447 billion and is meant to jump-start the economy and create jobs. The bill proposes to allot $25 billion for K-12 school infrastructure, including $1.28 billion in Florida schools - and Palm Beach County is slated to get a piece of that pie.

9/15/2011

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House approved a bill on Tuesday supporting the expansion of charter schools, the first part of a legislative package planned by Republicans to carry out a piecemeal rewrite of the main federal law on public education, No Child Left Behind.

The bill, passed Tuesday by a vote of 365 to 54, tweaks an existing federal grant program that provides start-up money for new charter schools ? currently about $250 million? and adds some quality control provisions.

9/15/2011

Stressing that education is ?an essential component of any effort to grow, improve, and redevelop the social and economic fabric of urban communities,? Earvin ?Magic? Johnson teamed up with EdisonLearning to advance effective and sustainable programs to educate America?s urban students.

9/15/2011

Jeanne Allen, president of The Center for Education Reform, released the following statement regarding today's SAT score analysis for college-bound seniors:

"Student achievement remains stagnant, and we continue to let failure fester in our education system jeopardizing the future of our children and our country.

Over the past five years, our kids have failed to show improvement in critical reading, mathematics and writing. And the story is even worse for Hispanic and African-American students who continue to face wide achievement gaps when compared to white students.

9/15/2011

Outside the small town of Mediapolis, Iowa, the elementary, middle and high school buildings sit together in one complex, surrounded by acres and acres of corn fields.

It's the kind of place where "everybody knows everybody," Mediapolis School District Superintendent Greg Ray says of the 1,600-resident town.

And that sense of community translates to strong support for their students.

9/15/2011

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the United States and New York is the financial hub but Madison, Wisconsin gets the highest marks as the most educated American city.

The midwestern metropolis, which Men's Health magazine described as the city "where the average household has more degrees than a thermometer" edged past Plano, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina to score the highest grades in magazine's ranking of the 100 cities with the best educated population.

9/15/2011

Ntiedo Etuk, chief executive officer and co-founder of game-based developer DimensionU, will be a featured panelist today, Sept. 15 at the BMO Capital Markets 11th Annual Back to School Education Conference.

9/15/2011

President Obama's announcement of a $447 billion American Jobs Act to help revive the economy provides resources for several important career and technical education initiatives that will support education and skills training needed to get individuals back to work.

9/15/2011

New Cobb County school superintendent Michael Hinojosa revealed on Wednesday that disharmony among his bosses weighs on the minds of staffers as well as people he's spoken with in the community.

Hinojosa, who took over in July from retiring school's chief Fred Sanderson, said before making any major changes, he would embark on a listening tour, asking 100 people their thoughts about the system's needs.

9/15/2011

Tutor.com launched MyLivePD, a new professional development model for teachers that provides on demand access to live coaches online. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this program will be used by 200 middle and high school algebra teachers.

9/14/2011

9/14/2011

Civil-liberties groups are suing a southwest Virginia school board for posting the Ten Commandments, contending that the display violates the Constitution's guarantee of separation of church and state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Giles County School Board in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on behalf of an unidentified Narrows High School student and the student's parent. The lawsuit says the display unconstitutionally promotes a specific religious faith and serves no secular purpose.

9/14/2011

Paying attention in class may never have been so hard for children who started school Monday after the most-destructive wildfire in Texas history left hundreds of their families homeless and many with little more than the clothes on their backs.

9/14/2011

President Obama, continuing his jobs plan sales pitch to Americans across the country, came to a high school in this politically crucial state on Tuesday to urge Congress to pass the jobs bill, which includes $25 billion in funding to upgrade schools.

Appearing revved up and in campaign form, Mr. Obama said his jobs plan could achieve the double accomplishment of putting construction workers back to work even as it modernizes American schools. He made his remarks at the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School, which has recently benefited from federal financing to renovate.

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