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9/1/2011

9/1/2011
Free White Paper from Teaching and Learning Foundation proposes a practical, economical solution to the problem of complying with NCLB requirement that all teachers be highly-qualified.
9/1/2011
AMX?, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, announced the immediate availability of its new ICSLan? Device Control Boxes, which let users connect devices not typically Ethernet enabled, including projectors, displays, lighting and shades to an Ethernet network.
9/1/2011
In an effort to provide more targeted professional development to improve teacher effectiveness, more than 150 New York City schools have adopted Teachscape?s Classroom Walkthrough (CWT) software application and online Professional Learning Suite.
9/1/2011
The Los Angeles Board of Education made a major change in its controversial, 2-year-old policy allowing charter groups and other outsiders to take over new campuses. The board unanimously agreed Tuesday to give teachers and administrators first chance at those schools. If inside groups' plans are unacceptable, then charter operators, who mostly run schools that are nonunion, and others can apply. The rules remain the same, however, for existing, low-performing schools; any group can compete for those campuses.
9/1/2011
MADISON, Wis. -- When students return Thursday for the first day of school across Wisconsin, many familiar faces will be gone, as teachers chose retirement over coming back in the wake of a new law that forces them to pay more for benefits while taking away most of their collective bargaining rights. Documents obtained by The Associated Press under the state's open records law show that about twice as many public school teachers decided to hang it up in the first half of this year as in each of the past two full years, part of a mass exit of public employees.
9/1/2011
The Daniels Fund, known across the West for helping send needy and deserving kids to college, has agreed to pay much of the legal bill for the Douglas County School District as the district fights to keep its voucher program alive. The fund's initial gift of $330,000 will pay the district's legal tab to date, district officials confirmed. In addition, the fund has offered a matching grant of $200,000 for what is expected to be the ongoing cost of the legal battle. To collect that money, the district will have to raise an additional $200,000.
9/1/2011
Officials at the State Department of Education are notifying officials in 11 cities and towns that they are in violation of state law setting minimum spending requirements for education and that they must increase their school appropriations for the current fiscal year."If they don't comply soon then we will have to figure out what the next step is," said Brian Mahoney, the longtime chief financial officer for the SDE.
9/1/2011
Only after the governor ordered an independent examination did Georgia officials catch widespread cheating by teachers, principals and administrators on standardized tests in the Atlanta Public Schools system. The resulting scandal has sparked resignations, a criminal investigation and a wave of other state inquiries into possible test tampering. The sleuthing techniques used to catch testing fraud in Atlanta ? monitoring test score data for dramatic spikes, analysis of testing erasures and on-the-ground interviews ? used to be commonplace at the California Department of Education.
9/1/2011
WHITMAN, Mass. -- Parents may be ready to send their kids back to school, but some schools aren't ready to take them back. Power failures, flooding, road closures and other problems left by Irene have led some superintendents in New England and elsewhere in the East to delay the start of school. Parents have had to scramble to find child care for kids who were supposed to be in school but now will be hanging around the house longer than expected.
9/1/2011
More than two decades of failed oversight have allowed the state?s special education collaboratives to misspend millions of taxpayer dollars, according to the state auditor?s office, which has found a pattern of excessive salaries, conflicts of interest, and possible pension law violations at six of the 30 publicly funded agencies. ?These common findings are indicative of a system that?s lacking in standards and oversight and is easily manipulated by folks who are not putting the interests of taxpayers and special needs kids first,?? Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said yesterday.
9/1/2011
Under a new state law in New Jersey, lunch-line bullies in the East Hanover schools can be reported to the police by their classmates this fall through anonymous tips to the Crimestoppers hot line. In Elizabeth, children, including kindergartners, will spend six class periods learning, among other things, the difference between telling and tattling. And at North Hunterdon High School, students will be told that there is no such thing as an innocent bystander when it comes to bullying: if they see it, they have a responsibility to try to stop it.

8/31/2011

8/31/2011
School lunch programs have been under a fierce attack since the wellness wave hit the nation with First Lady Michelle Obama?s Let?s Move campaign, says Dennis Barrett, director of food services at Los Angeles Unified School District. But according to Barrett, the U.S. Department of Agriculture put stricter guidelines on food, such as reduced sodium and increased portion sizes of fruits and vegetables, over five years ago.
8/31/2011
In the eyes of Steven Brill, the American Federation of Teachers building a website attacking Michelle Rhee and masking its origins is worse than Rhee's creating a billion-dollar organization aimed at revamping education that doesn't disclose its backers. Brill, author of the recent Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools, came to the education beat after writing a piece for the New Yorker about the "Rubber Room," a place where New York City public school teachers were paid to stay out of classrooms.
8/31/2011
Companies ranging from law and accounting firms to construction and engineering corporations have decided it's time to make education their business. Saying education in Indianapolis is in a state of emergency, the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce said Monday it has formed a coalition with 40 businesses and community groups to raise awareness and promote education reform in an effort to improve Indianapolis Public Schools.
8/31/2011
The new chancellor of a statewide district of lowest performing Michigan schools could see his annual salary rise to $425,000 from $225,000 by the end of his four-year contract. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/oSrkVc ) Tuesday that the pay raises would come if John Covington meets goals as head of the Education Achievement System.

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