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The bitter taste of Common Core

Pennsylvania is among 45 states that have agreed to adopt the standards, which specify what concepts should be mastered by students at each grade level in individual subjects. But as The Heritage Foundation points out, opting out will become increasingly difficult. This, as the SAT is “aligned to the Common Core,” according to a College Board email quoted in a Washington Post report.

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Bryan (Texas) school board revisiting bid process for construction project after local contractors raise objections

Proposals for a construction manager for the endeavor that will add space to an existing Rudder field house and gymnastics facility were sent out June 25. A four-person committee composed of district employees and a representative from PBK, an architectural firm with which the Bryan school district has a five-year contract, selected three companies out of the 12 submissions through a two-step process.

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School construction stops in N.H. district

With construction halted last week on the new elementary school and the building not expected to be ready for students until the end of October at the earliest, the School Board approved a relocation plan last night that sends about 110 Unity students in grades K-8 to Claremont to start the school year.

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School social media policies juggle safety with free speech

In districts urban and rural, superintendents and school boards are getting input from teachers, IT personnel, and lawyers to craft social media policies that can prevent misuse but not interfere with free speech.

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Are teacher evaluations making the grade?

Teacher evaluation may be the hottest—and most divisive—topic in education right now. From Florida to Missouri and Nevada to Minnesota, state legislatures are debating bills that would tie teacher assessment to student achievement.

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Fresh lessons sprout in urban school gardens

School gardens are on the rise in urban areas as educators see the academic benefits of adding hands-on learning to traditional curriculum.

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Colorado district first to use market-based pay

Douglas County (Colo.) School District restructuring the pay scale for teachers and educators so the positions that are most in demand get paid more than those in lower demand.

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NEA loses members due to budget cuts, teacher layoffs

The National Education Alliance (NEA) has lost 234,000 members, or 8 percent of its membership, since 2010-2011, due to political and economic forces. Over 200,000 of those lost are classroom teachers.

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Be a source for our story on college preparation

Statistics show students who have to take remedial courses before starting college are less likely to graduate. Now, some states are requiring high schools to do more to make sure students are ready to take college courses. What is your district doing ? If you can be a source, please follow the link to contact us.

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MOOCs go to K12: Higher ed trend expands to high schools

K12 educators and administrators are beginning to experiment with the “massive open online courses”—better known as MOOCs—that have taken the higher education world by storm.

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