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Pima County launches program to boost foster kids’ education

A program to improve the educational outcomes for children in foster care is being launched in Pima County. “No group of students is more in need of educational success than children in foster care,” said Debbie D’Amore, chief deputy for the Pima County school superintendent. That’s where FosterEd, a national initiative that pairs at-risk foster children with “educational champions,” comes in.

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Appropriations bill boosts funding for education as states up funding, too

Congress has approved a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill providing significant relief for education programs hit hard by sequestration cuts. Politico reports that the bill awards education programs a total of $67 billion, which is only slightly less than the $71.2 billion President Obama proposed in his 2014 budget. The president is expected to sign the bill.

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Education summit speaker: Spunk matters more than test scores

If you want to help Charlotte children to become successful adults, should you get rid of ineffective teachers? Identify possible drop-outs in first grade? Or concentrate on building character? All were ideas discussed by speakers at an Education Summit that drew more than 400 people to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., recently.

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N.C. Gov. McCrory's 2014 priorities: Energy, education, Medicaid

The three Es on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's 2013 priority list have been replaced this year by two Es and an M. During his State of the State address a year ago, McCrory said he would focus on improving North Carolina's economy and education system and promoting efficiency in state government. On Tuesday, he held an hour-long news conference at the Executive Mansion to outline his 2014 agenda, naming energy production, educational improvement and Medicaid reform as his top priorities.

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The future of education was invented in 1906

Wired has an excellent-yet-frustrating story on what they call “A Radical New Teaching Method” that is transforming education. Of course, as the article itself says, there is nothing “new” about this teaching method: let kids figure things out on their own, and they’ll not only learn better, but be more passionate. The frustrating part of the story is precisely this: they try to connect age-old insights about education to, somehow, a story about techno-utopianism and the internet and technology transforming schools.

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Indiana bill would allow guns in cars at schools

A bill by Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas would let licensed gun owners have firearms on school property if they leave them locked and out of sight in their vehicles.

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Tennessee education committee chairs carrying for-profit charter bill

Under current law, the privately run publicly funded schools can contract out services, but are banned from hiring for-profit companies to operate or manage the school.

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Report shows Ann Arbor schools community wants more communication, equity solutions

A desire for more communication from Ann Arbor schools leaders with the community at large is one of several overriding major issues Superintendent Jeanice Swift found in the district in her first four months on the job.

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School grades to stay, Florida education chief says

Commissioner Pam Stewart said flatly Tuesday that she is opposed to a request from local schools chiefs that the state suspend the issuance of school grades while grappling with new, controversial learning benchmarks and bringing in new statewide exams to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

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Citing concerns, Texas Education Agency monitors to visit Dallas ISD’s low-performing schools

The monitors will arrive Monday, Feb. 10, and leave Friday, Feb. 14. They are also visiting other Texas school districts in the coming weeks, said TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson.

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