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Newark (N.J.) Schools Mark Facebook Donation Anniversary

Newark teachers will have access to $600,000 in grant money meant to encourage innovative teaching methods that can be replicated district-wide, education officials announced Wednesday.

Money for the creation of the Newark Teachers Innovation Fund comes from a $100 million donation by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, given to Newark schools exactly one year ago. An additional $47 million in philanthropic donations have been raised so far toward matching Zuckerberg's grant.

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Underperforming Schools in Mass. Show MCAS Improvement

Massachusetts? 18-month effort to overhaul nearly three dozen of the worst-performing schools appears to be showing a glimmer of success, state education officials said yesterday as they released MCAS scores for schools and districts across the state.

At 16 of the 35 underperforming schools, scores increased by double digits on either the English or math sections of MCAS, while a few other schools made smaller gains. The gains reflect the higher portion of students who ranked in the top two scoring categories, ?proficient?? and ?advanced."

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Chicago Schools Gear Up for Longer Days

As they prepare for longer school days starting Monday, teachers and administrators at six Chicago schools are busy settling the final details of teaching schedules, pickup procedures and extra enrichment activities.

Do they have enough security officers? Where will children spend recess? How will teacher planning time be allotted?

More important, they are making sure their staffs stand united, ready to teach an extra 90 minutes each day.

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Oprah-Backed Charter School in New Orleans Denying Disabled Collides With Law

When talk-show host Oprah Winfrey handed a $1 million check last September to the principal of New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy, 200 students watched the broadcast from a church and celebrated with a brass band.

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Missouri Ed Board Votes to Apply for Federal Grant

Missouri education officials voted Tuesday to pursue a $60 million federal grant for early childhood education over the objections of a group of state lawmakers.

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Covington Needs to Explain Troubles in Kansas City Schools (Opinion)

It's time for John Covington, chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement Authority, to start providing fuller and better answers about leaving the Kansas City schools in the lurch.

And while we're at it, let's hear from the board that hired Covington to lead a new district of troubled schools here in Michigan about how they sorted through his desertion of a school system that was at a critical juncture in Missouri.

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Vermont Schools Seek Normalcy post-Irene

The floors are just bare concrete, but students are back in classrooms at Moretown Elementary School after flood damage from the remnants of Hurricane Irene forced it to hold classes outside under tents.

Like other Vermont schools, Moretown had to adapt to get students back to school as quickly as possible--a top priority in the upheaval from the Aug. 28 storm.

"I think with the devastation that occurred there was this urgency to get our students ... back to some level of normalcy," Principal Duane Pierson said.

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Rochester (N.Y.) Schools Find Wiggle Room In Phys Ed Requirement

At School 35, teacher Michael Ram's fourth-graders take turns standing in front of the class and acting out the meanings of vocabulary words: bewildered; marvel; reminded.

"There's always an opportunity to get them moving," said Ram, who even taps into the transition time between lessons for physical activity.

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Key Parts of NCLB to End

President Obama is poised to broaden federal influence in schools by scrapping key elements of No Child Left Behind, the George W. Bush administration?s signature education law, and substituting his own brand of school reform.

While unpopular with Republicans in Congress and some in the educational establishment, the move is drawing applause from governors struggling to meet the demands of the nine-year-old law.

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Connecticut Students Gain Practical Experience Through Work Education

So, what do you want to be when you grow up?

While many of us are still asking that question, the four cooperative work education programs at Granby Memorial High School actually try to do something about it by assisting students to prepare for post-secondary education and/or entry into the workforce.

During a presentation to the board of education Wednesday evening, Greg O?Neil, a business teacher at the high school who also oversees the state-certified programs, outlined four options that are available to students:

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