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D.C. Program Ties Teacher Salaries to Student Test Scores

Parents and school boards across the country are debating whether to offer bonuses to teachers whose students do well on standardized tests.

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Wis. Largest Teachers Unions Agree to Consider Merging

The state’s two largest teachers unions will formally discuss a merger after the Wisconsin Education Association Council voted to do so at a special assembly in Madison over the weekend.

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Wash. Officials Say Many Questions Unanswered About Charters

School districts will need to share local levy money with any charter school that opens in their service area, but it's not clear how much.

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School Field Trips Turn to Digital Technology

When Nina Corley, a high school history teacher in Galveston, Texas, prepares her students for a field trip, more often than not these days she sets up a large monitor in the front of her classroom and dials in to a live broadcast that is brought directly to the screen.

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Ohio Asks: Are E-Schools Innovative Or an Education Bust?

The Hingsbergen family of Fairfield Township, Ohio, is an e-school family.

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N.Y. Superintendents Say Many Districts Will Be Insolvent in 4 Years

Half of New York State’s school superintendents think their school districts will run out of money within four years, and 70 percent believe they will not be able to fund required programs within the same period, according to a new survey.

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"Brush of Truth" Book App Rated Five Stars by Technology in Education

Brush of Truth, a book app for kids 8-12, was rated five stars by review site Technology in Education for engaging young readers. Created by Story Bayou, the $1.99 app will go on sale for 99 cents on Dec. 7 on iTunes for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Brush of Truth, recognized for its appeal to reluctant readers, also is available on Google Play for Android devices, and for Kindle Fire and Windows 7 devices.

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Epson Partners with DonorsChoose.org to Fund Classroom Technology

Epson America, Inc. has announced a 2012 holiday season initiative to help teachers acquire much-needed classroom technology for enhancing student learning. Through the DonorsChoose.org "Double Your Impact Program," Epson will donate two percent of purchases sold on Epson.com between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24, 2012, up to $100,000.

Groton (Conn.) Public Schools Partners with Online Speech Therapy Provider

To better serve a portion of the district’s special needs student population, Groton (Conn.) Public Schools has partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. Through this adoption, students in grades 1-5 receive web-based speech-language therapy services from a highly qualified, certified speech-language pathologist (SLP).

Schools Ditch Classroom, Put Play Back in Education

Perhaps play is not the opposite of work, but synonymous with it. This theory is emerging from a growing body of scientific evidence, reviewed here by the University of Georgia, showing education is not the same as disinterested drudgery: For children and adults, "play is an important mediator for learning and socialization throughout life."

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