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10/28/2013

10/28/2013

The state's top education leader took the stage in Rochester on Friday to field questions from a crowd of elected leaders representing the school system's main constituents—students, teachers, and parents.

10/28/2013

Massachusetts finished first among U.S. states in a study comparing the academic performance of American students with others around the globe. Nineteen percent of Massachusetts eighth-graders reached an advanced benchmark in mathematics on the 2011 tests while 24 percent reached an advanced level in science.

10/28/2013

Administrators will walk away from this timely follow-up to Sterrett’s book Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works ready to master the schedule, make meetings efficient, and communicate effectively.

10/28/2013

Five candidates will be up for three available full-term seats on the Southern Local School District's Board of Education on Nov. 5. Incumbents Linda M. Morris, 66, Bill Pitts, 52, and John R. Sawyer, 68, will face the challenge of political newcomers Karl C. Blissenbach, 42, and Robert Kip Dowling.

10/28/2013

Frustrated by years of tumult and alleged mismanagement, the teachers union president ticked off a series of complaints at a recent south suburban school district board meeting. Staff members at Thornton Township High School District 205, in Harvey, Ill., were being paid incorrectly, he said. Hiring had been delayed. Crucial school year planning hadn't started. And most absurdly, the board was deleting its policy against nepotism.

10/25/2013

10/25/2013

The Boy Scout motto of "be prepared" equally applies to today's school nurses, who not only deal with the typical bruises and tummy aches that have always been part of school life, but must now contend with a student population that is increasingly more medically fragile. As school systems face budget cuts, nurses must also adapt to a "migrant" lifestyle as they are assigned to several schools during a work week.

10/25/2013

Visit the new PD In Focus School Culture and Climate channel to see how one school decided to stand up to bullying and what they’ve done to create a safe, nurturing, and learning environment for everyone.

10/25/2013

As states continue to move toward higher standards and their subsequent assessments, keeping students the focus must be a daily decision. Panelists discussed what states are doing to ensure their students aren’t put on the sidelines during this time of change.

10/25/2013

In step with AAA’s advice that parents should spend more time with their teen drivers so they can build as much experience as possible before driving solo, these new findings provide evidence as to how parents can most effectively work with their teens.

10/25/2013

Results indicated that students in the treatment group showed a 32% higher gain in PALS scores over the control group, indicating greater gains in student’s literacy as a result of the curriculum.

10/25/2013

A central Indiana charter school will close at the end of the week after being unable to raise $250,000 by its Friday deadline. Leaders of the International School of Columbus told students and parents Monday night that it faced unexpected costs at the school's planned new building, a decline in state funding because of an enrollment drop, and poor fundraising results.

10/25/2013

A couple of blocks from Paint Branch High School, in Maryland’s Montgomery County, there's a strip mall with a 7-Eleven, a Pizza Hut and a Chinese restaurant. And every day around 11 a.m., the students from Paint Branch start rolling in.

10/25/2013

Charter schools have generated noisy debates and relatively modest results. The latest report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found statistically significant benefits for some students, reversing findings from a similar study in 2009. But the gains are nothing to write home about.

10/25/2013

For all the attention given to concussions in football, hockey has its own issues with serious injuries; a Canadian study released this year reported that the incidence of brain and spinal cord injuries among hockey players has increased over the last 15 years. USA Hockey last month tightened the rules on some penalties, including boarding, hoping to cut down on unsafe play.

10/25/2013

A Cook County, Ill. judge ousted a south suburban school district board president from office due to a felony forgery conviction nearly 30 years ago but Kenneth Williams said he intends to continue running the board. Williams was elected to the Thornton Township High School District 205 board in 2009 and re-elected for another four-year term in April, despite widespread knowledge that he had been convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985.

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