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A Road Map for Excellence in Education

Quality education is without a doubt one of the necessary foundations for a thriving community. Excellent schools create excellent graduates, and that creates a pool of potential employees that can help attract business.

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Raising the Grade for Public Education

For a state accustomed to accolades for educational excellence, a D+ grade surely will earn scorn from defenders of the current system. Given what’s at stake, however, we should seize this criticism and take it as an opportunity for some self-reflection.

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Tom Sirard Appointed to Vacant Enfield (Conn.) Board of Education Seat

Tom Sirard, an Enfield (Conn.) Board of Education member from 2009 to 2011, was re-appointed to that board at Monday night's Town Council meeting. A Republican vacancy exists on the board due to the recent resignation of past vice chairman Chuck Johnson. The town charter calls for a replacement to be designated by the council.

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Tazewell (Va.) Sheriff Appointed to Task Force on School, Campus Safety

A southwestern Virginia lawman, with an extensive background as a school resource officer, in community policing, rural law enforcement and administration has been selected by Gov. Bob McDonnell to serve on the newly-created Task Force on School and Campus Safety.

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Former Teacher Appointed to Ohio State Board of Ed

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed retired teacher Darryl Mehaffie to the Ohio state Board of Education. Mehaffie was sworn in privately yesterday in Columbus.

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When Children Start School Behind, They Stay Behind

Imagine starting a race knowing everyone will get a head start, except for you. Not exactly fair, is it? But for many children, this isn't too far off from reality. That's because there are millions of children living in poverty who are not getting the high-quality early learning opportunities they deserve.

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Virginia Voters Want Armed Guards at Every School

Bucking the national trend, Virginia voters, by a wide margin, want an armed guard in every school, but they do strongly back an assault weapons ban, according to a poll Thursday. A Quinnipiac University poll found that Old Dominion voters favor putting an armed police officer at every school, 66 percent to 29 percent.

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Teacher Observation Less Reliable than Test Scores

A few years ago, Bill Gates decided to learn more about whether a teacher's effect on student learning could be measured. Three years, 3,000 teachers and about $50 million later, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks it has the answers.

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Texas Public Schools Face $1B Shortfall

Public Education in Texas is running $1 billion short, meaning officials will soon have to seek that much in supplemental appropriations from the state legislature. That's what Shirley Beaulieu, chief financial officer at the Texas Education Agency, told the court Monday during the state's sweeping school finance trial. Beaulieu said a $1 billion supplemental appropriation request will be necessary in coming weeks to help school districts make their July expense payments.

Social Networks for Teachers on the Rise Despite Concerns

Within the wide expanse of social networking, educators appear to be gravitating to more protected and exclusive spaces. While teachers often use such popular mainstream social networks as Facebook, they are more likely to seek out and return to less-established networks that offer the privacy, peer-to-peer connections, and resource sharing that meets their specific professional needs, according to a recent survey and interviews with educators.

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