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9/21/2011

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
The federal government is making school meals more nutritious this year, but also more expensive. Under a little-noticed provision of the child nutrition bill signed by President Obama in December, which brought more fresh produce and less whole milk to cafeterias nationwide, school districts are required to start bringing their prices in line with what it costs to prepare the meals, eventually charging an average of $2.46 for the lunches they serve.
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
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.
9/20/2011
Sopris, a provider of research-based assessments, supplemental and intervention materials, and positive behavior support and professional development products,launched a new blog, EdView360, which will provide a forum for educators, researchers and authors to discuss today's education issues.
9/20/2011
Flocabulary launched a new online subscription program that delivers educational hip-hop songs and digital media to K12 teachers and students.
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
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
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
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
As Tacoma families prepared for another day without school Monday, negotiations between the Tacoma teachers union and the school district continued late into the evening Sunday. The head of the state Public Employment Relations Commission, Cathy Callahan, mediated bargaining sessions. Earlier Sunday, Tacoma Public Schools officials said they would withdraw some contract language on teacher transfers and reassignments that the union found objectionable. They also offered a one-year grace period to keep the current seniority-based system intact.
9/20/2011
Middle Tennessee school districts are taking different approaches to social media. While one has halted their use for official school business, another is building a fan base. The popularity of Facebook among students and adults is prompting school officials to define its place as a communications tool between schools and parents. The Wilson County Board of Education recently amended its policies to prohibit any representation of the district on social media sites without the school director?s approval.
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
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
Math Initiatives are located in major urban centers across the U.S., and are partnerships between funders, MIND Research and local school districts to elevate children?s math achievement in the area?s lowest-performing schools, using MIND?s ST Math? visual software.

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