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Congratulations to the 2012-2013 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Fellows

NSTA, in collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company; the Amgen Foundation; Astellas Pharma US, Inc.; the American Honda Foundation; the Bayer USA Foundation; and Lockheed Martin, announced the 244 middle and secondary science teachers from across the country who will take part as fellows in the 2012–2013 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.

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Complimentary Publication for Parents on School Safety

Dear School Leader: Like everyone, we were shocked and saddened by last week's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. We're sure that you share our sympathy for those affected by this tragedy, as well as a desire to ensure that parents understand what they can do to support school safety.

Editor's Note

Next week, the DA Daily will be on holiday hiatus. Publication will resume on Jan. 2. Happy holidays to all!

Minneapolis Public Schools May Change Academic Standards for Extracurricular Activities

The Minneapolis school board is considering changing academic standards for students who want to participate in extracurricular activities.

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Rockwood (Ore.) Schools, Portland Parks Partnering to Build Community Gardens

Two Centennial School District schools are partnering with Portland Parks and Recreation to bring community gardens to Rockwood, a high-poverty neighborhood whose residents have limited access to fresh food.

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New Orleans, St. Tammany (La.) Top-Gaining Schools Honored by State Education Superintendent

When you're not yet 10, $8,453 is a lot of money. The elementary school students at Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood oohed and aahed Tuesday as State Superintendent of Education John White awarded that sum to each of 26 New Orleans "Top Gains" schools that made significant improvements in student performance last year, for a grand total of $219,800. And in Covington later that day, White gave $230,000 to the 27 Top Gains schools in St. Tammany.

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Arts as Antidote for Academic Ills

Stationed in front of one of his large self-portraits, the artist Chuck Close raised his customized wheelchair to balance on two wheels, seeming to defy the laws of gravity.

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Coalition Proposes Alternative Solutions for Philly Schools

The solution for avoiding school closings and continued, painful budget cuts in the Philadelphia School District?

Additional Candidates Named in Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) Schools Superintendent Search

This morning Jackson-Madison County School Board Chairman David Clifft released the names of the two additional candidates the board will interview on Wednesday.

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Ind. Charter Schools Continue to Show Strong Test Score Gains, Study Shows

Charter schools in Indiana are among the nation’s best at raising student test scores when compared with other public schools, a Stanford University study showed.

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