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9/20/2011

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."

9/19/2011

9/19/2011

ATLANTA (AP) ? Georgia wants to overhaul its high school curriculum, making it more like college with courses tailored to what students want to do after they graduate.

9/19/2011

The Education Department provided start-up funding for the new project, which promotes software and ?digital tutors.?

The White House announced Friday the launch of "Digital Promise," a nonprofit initiative meant to bring more technology to classrooms.

Digital Promise will promote the development of new educational software and will help educators evaluate which products are actually effective, according to the administration.

One of its first projects will be to research the potential for "digital tutors" to help students learn math and other subjects.

9/19/2011

Wealthy donors who once viewed the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a bureaucratic "black hole" now have a new way to give to the city's public school system.

9/19/2011

If you lived in Silicon Valley, wouldn't you expect the public schools to have extensive programs in computer programming and entrepreneurship?

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean posed that question Thursday to help explain his city's new plan to create what is being billed as the world's most ambitious music education program.

9/19/2011

That?s the conclusion of a YouTube video called ?College Conspiracy? that?s drawn more than 2.1 million views online.

The theme has been picked up across that site, often by college students themselves, in videos with angry titles like ?My Bachelor?s Degree is Worthless,? ?College is a Rip-off,? and ?College is an Evil Debt Trap.?

With a tough job market, students (and their parents) are making a tough calculation: What will I really learn in college? Will it cost me more in time and money than it?s worth?

9/19/2011

K12 Inc., America's largest provider of curriculum and online school programs, announced a partnership with The New York Times on a first-of-its-kind interactive education conference: "Schools for Tomorrow: Bringing Technology into the Classroom."

9/19/2011

Headsprout Early Reading and Headsprout Reading Comprehension are research-based, award-winning online programs designed to help students master both basic and advanced reading skills through an interactive, engaging, and personalized learning environment.

9/19/2011

In the spring of 1999,12 students and a teacher were killed by two gun-toting teenage boys at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., making school safety and security an overnight priority in communities across the nation. Eight years later, a second and even more deadly incident on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where a student shot and killed 32 people, brought a renewed wave of concern and attention to security. But these two largest U.S.

9/19/2011

On Tuesday, the Missouri State Board of Education will vote to determine whether the Kansas City School District will remain provisionally accredited or fall to unaccredited status.

While we are hopeful that the district will remain provisionally accredited, the board could change the status to unaccredited. This would be disappointing but not wholly unexpected.

However, the broader conversation should remain focused on educating the students of Kansas City.

9/19/2011

CDW-G and Discovery Education teamed up to award Piner Elementary School (Morning View, Ky.), Spaulding School (Gurnee, Ill.) and St. Veronica Catholic School (Chantilly, Va.) a state-of-the-art 21st-century classroom, which includes notebook computers or tablet PCs, an interactive whiteboard and more.

9/19/2011

ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, announced that their Fall Institute for educators of all levels will be in Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 9?11.

9/19/2011

WASHINGTON -- Arizona's college-bound students continued to score higher than the national average on all sections of the SAT, according to a College Board report released Wednesday.

The state also did a better job closing the "achievement gap," with white students in Arizona scoring about 45 points higher than non-white students, compared to a gap of nearly 60 points nationally.

Both the national and state averages dipped slightly from 2010, with the U.S. scores falling to a record low.

9/19/2011

Utah parents have long had the ability to find data about their children?s schools online.

But not like this.

9/19/2011

Since school started Aug. 30 in the Mt. Diablo district, hundreds of parents of special-education students have complained that their children have been stranded with no bus, dropped off at the wrong address, or have missed class time because buses were late.

The school board voted last year to begin transporting all special-education students on district buses this year to save money, by discontinuing a contract with Durham Transportation through the Contra Costa County Office of Education. But the plan has not been well-executed, district officials and parents say.

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