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Shmoop Gives AP Biology an Extreme Makeover

We all need a good old-fashioned makeover now and again. Otherwise, we grow stale and boring, and the world passes us by. Also, it gives us an excuse to cash in on that Sephora gift card our sister sent us for our birthday.

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New Engineering Contest Recognizes Educators’ Creative Teaching Using Vernier Sensors with NI LabVIEW™ Software

To recognize creative teaching using Vernier sensors with National Instruments (NI) LabVIEW software, Vernier Software & Technology is launching an engineering contest for current teachers of engineering or STEM. One high school and one college teacher will each be awarded prizes valued at $5,500 for demonstrating the most innovative uses of the technology.

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NSTA Honors the GE Foundation with Distinguished Partnership Award for Organization’s Commitment to Science Education

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all, today announced that it presented its prestigious Distinguished Partnership Award to the GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, at NSTA’s Phoenix Area Conference on Science Education yesterday.

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Study Island Recognized With Industry Awards

Edmentum™, a leading provider of online learning solutions, has been recognized for its Study Island learning solution in District Administration and Tech & Learning magazines’ annual awards. Study Island was included in the District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products of 2012 and received a Tech & Learning Award of Excellence in the Best Upgraded Product category.

Reshaping Alabama's Education System

Former Hanceville student Miranda Robertson made good grades and got all the inspiration she needed from her high school experience to eventually return as a teacher’s aide in the Cullman County school system. What she didn’t get? A diploma. Robertson would have graduated in 2005, and though she got to walk and received a certificate of attendance, she still couldn’t technically graduate because she failed one section of a certain standardized test. It didn’t matter that she made As and Bs every year — what she really needed was a passing mark on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

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Maine Town Seeks Taxes from Private School

Maine's highest court will hear arguments this week on whether a private boarding school in central Maine should pay property taxes on facilities it rents to outside groups. The town of Hebron is appealing a Superior Court judgment that Hebron Academy is a "literary and scientific" institution and that most of its real estate is exempt from local property taxes.

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The 2012 Readers' Choice Top 100 Products


DA readers shared how these innovative products have made a positive difference in the operation of their schools and classrooms

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Healthy Steps Forward


Dannon Institute and District Administration have teamed up to provide important information on school wellness policies and improving student health.

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School Lunches to be Allowed Unlimited Meats, Grains

The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren't getting enough to eat. School administrators also complained, saying set maximums on grains and meats are too limiting as they try to plan daily meals.

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Ark. Lawmakers Face Crowded Education Agenda

Court rulings on student transfers and school funding will collide with the desire of charter school and voucher advocates to take advantage of a new Republican majority when Arkansas legislators tackle education issues next year.

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