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8/31/2011

8/31/2011

Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were only recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils.

It's a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools. Opponents say the practice violates the separation of church and state.

8/31/2011

Sublime Learning, the education leader in providing professional development products and services, is pleased to welcome Mark Oronzio to the 2011-2012 Advisory Board.

8/31/2011

In August, as the back-to-school clothing and supplies were hitting the stores, Miami-Dade County (Fla.) Public Schools launched its own new ?product line of services? to its student clientele, including additional magnet schools, a conservatory for the arts, salad bars, and new technology and online digital tools for students. This ?ritual of reinvention? is a signature program of Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, as he?s unveiled similar plans each year since joining the district in fall 2008.

8/31/2011

OGDEN -- The Ogden School District appointed one of its own members as superintendent Monday night.

On Sept. 7, Ogden School Board member Brad Smith will become superintendent and district CEO, replacing Noel R. Zabriskie, who gave the board his notice last week and ends his job Sept. 6.

"I am excited to undertake what for me will be a great challenge," Smith said at a special meeting of the board, noting that he is a lawyer, not an educator.

"I don't perceive this as my life's calling, but I am excited."

8/31/2011

Eight Portland, Oreg. school officials, including the Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith, have been accused of breaking state election laws by trying to convince voters to support a $548 million construction bond.

The eight district leaders, among them the district's top lawyer and chief financial officer, all played some role in the production and distribution of materials that were biased to advocate the bond, though the materials did not provide information to voters on how taxpayers would be affected, according to the Oregonian.

8/31/2011

BrainWare Safari incorporates neuroscience and video-game technology into a software program
that develops the capacity to learn and think for users aged 6 to 106.

8/31/2011

Mountain View Elementary School in Broomfield, Colo., has been selected as the inaugural recipient of a DYMO/Mimio Grant, as part of the interactive teaching technology provider?s new, competitive program open to all K-12 education entities.

8/31/2011

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Unified School District board is considering a proposal that would curtail the district's landmark program that allows outside groups to run selected new and underperforming schools.

The board is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon on the amendment to its 3-year-old "public school choice" program in which charter organizations and teacher-led teams submit plans to operate brand new and failing schools. The school board chooses the group with the best plan.

8/31/2011

This new instructional resource meets students in the digital environment where they live, while igniting their natural interest in science with dynamic, engaging resources, including virtual labs, video clips, ebook passages, an interactive glossary and more.

8/31/2011

Atlanta school board members Monday voted to waive legal privacy rights in connection to a high-profile cheating scandal, a signal the district once criticized for its secrecy is now attempting to fully cooperate with a criminal investigation.

About 20 computer hard drives of information between board members, senior-level employees and staff attorneys will be turned over to the grand jury, said Superintendent Erroll Davis. The information was requested as part of two expansive subpoenas submitted by the Fulton County Grand Jury.

8/30/2011

8/30/2011

Since 2006, Lisa Gatti and her staff at Pal-O-mine have reached out to schools across Long Island, N.Y. to help at-risk students through their Equine Assisted Learning (EA L) program. Gatti, a former teacher for at-risk students and lifelong equestrian, saw early on the benefits of EAL for students who can?t succeed in a nontraditional setting. Pal-O-Mine, a nonprofit organization, was originally founded in 1995 and is affiliated with EAGALA, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

8/30/2011

It's a reform effort years in the making in the nation's second-largest school system. Only this one is being carried out around a group of tables at the district's massive kitchen, where the executive chef is serving his latest creations to several dozen teenagers.

On a recent day, student food critics from East Los Angeles sit in judgment, circling thumbs-up or thumbs-down and writing comments on the new menu choices.

Hummus with whole-wheat pita, a farmers market salad and vegetable tamales? Thumbs up.

8/30/2011

Some people give back to their community. Then there's Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell, who's really giving back. As in $800,000 ? what would have been his compensation for the next three years.

Until his term expires in 2015, Powell will run 325 schools and 35 school districts with 195,000 students, all for less than a starting California teacher earns.

"How much do we need to keep accumulating?" asks Powell, 63. "There's no reason for me to keep stockpiling money."

8/30/2011

By the fall of 2012, the Next Generation of Science Standards will be available for states to adopt. Part 1 of the process, the Framework for K12 Science Education, was released July 19 by the National Research Council (NRC), an arm of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Traditionally, states have developed their own individual standards by extracting components from science benchmarks set forth by organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

8/30/2011

NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, will donate licenses to its ?NBC Learn K-12? resource to all Delaware High Schools, which matches a grant that the Honda Foundation launched last year.

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