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Educators rally in Raleigh to support local schools

Educators from across North Carolina came together Saturday to find their voice and tell Raleigh lawmakers what they think will keep public schools strong. The forum – Keeping North Carolina Public Schools Strong – was a first for Raleigh-based Public Schools First NC, a nonpartisan public education advocacy group.

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Is Common Core helping Latino children?

Many states, now more than a year into Common Core implementation, have discovered the standards and its accompanying curriculum are not what they were promised. The opponents include parents and educators from all ethnicities.

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What will education look like in 10 years?

Doing away with the traditional grade structure in schools and allowing students to learn at their own paces is one change possibly coming to schools of the future. A transitional year where students work closely with colleges and universities would take the place of grade 12.

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Schools seek part of $250 million Ohio grant program

A total of 662 organizations, including 446 public districts, have requested more than $761 million in the second round of the Straight A Fund grant award process. The applicant pool includes 73 percent of Ohio school districts. The $250 million Straight A Fund was created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system.

Chicago issues $423 million capital plan

Chicago Public Schools unveiled a $423 million construction and renovation plan for 2015 that directs nearly half of the money toward facilities on the city's North and Northwest sides.

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New survey about teachers' motivations released

In a new University of Phoenix College of Education/Harris Poll survey of K12 teachers, 49 percent say a teacher inspired them and 34 percent say they wanted to inspire change in education. The focus on standardized testing (69 percent), lack of parent involvement (47 percent), large class sizes (47 percent) and the difficulty in disciplining children (43 percent) are sources of frustration.

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Happier students, higher scores: The role of arts integration

Some districts are implementing arts integration in their curriculum. Instead of treating the arts as separate from other subjects, these programs integrate musical instruments, painting, dancing, drawing, singing and more into traditional subjects like science, math and language.

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Vernier Software & Technology to hold STEM-science teacher workshops

This summer, Vernier Software & Technology will offer more than 20 full-day, hands-on training institutes to help science and STEM teachers integrate data collection technology into their science curriculum.

Colorado endorses rollback of social studies testing

The Colorado Senate approved a small rollback of state social studies testing. The bill would cancel next fall’s 12th grade online social studies tests and delay them until the fall of 2014. The tests were given for the first time to fourth and seventh-grade students statewide this spring.

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Do schools really have a 'boy problem?'

The education gender gap, it seems, is a very real thing. We know that by kindergarten, girls are better prepared for the demands of elementary school; they're generally more attentive, independent, and better behaved. And because of this (and a host of other reasons) girls academically outpace their male counterparts.

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