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Some Iowa Schools Try New Anti-Bullying Policy

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) ? The Iowa Department of Education is instituting a new anti-bullying policy in select schools this year that it eventually plans to take statewide.

The move by the Iowa Department of Education follows a report by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that showed Iowa school districts, on average, reported less than 2 percent of their students had been bullied in any given year since the state passed its anti-bullying law in 2007. National averages are 30 percent of more, the newspaper (http://bit.ly/qmpeas ) said.

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Labor Unions Adjust to New Reality Under Obama

WASHINGTON -- In the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help boost sagging membership and help revive union strength.

Now labor faces this reality: Public employee unions are in a drawn-out fight for their very survival in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where GOP lawmakers have curbed collective bargaining rights.

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'You Made A Difference' Campaign Thanks Teachers

In recognition of Labor Day, we'd like to draw your attention to a new campaign that focuses on the work that teachers do, and the ubiquity of their influence.

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Cheating on State Tests Found at Two Los Angeles Schools

The state has thrown out the test scores of a top-performing Los Angeles school and of the highest-scoring campus in the nationally known Green Dot charter group after cheating was uncovered involving several teachers.

Short Avenue Elementary in Del Rey and Animo Leadership Charter High School in Inglewood were barred from receiving academic rankings released last week by the California Department of Education. That action deprived the schools of the state rating that has become the key figure used by parents and officials to judge campuses in California.

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A.J. Duffy, Education Reformer?

On several occasions over the last few years, A.J. Duffy sat in a conference room with the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times and expounded on the evils of charter schools, the value of teachers union contracts that included pages and pages of extensive work rules, the importance of the teacher seniority system and the nefarious intentions of those who sought to streamline the firing of bad teachers.

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Catholic School Teachers Wrestle With Faith and Obedience in Negotiating a Contract

Wednesday morning, on the first day of the new school year at St. Paul?s Roman Catholic School in East Harlem, Gertrude Zagarella expects to arrive, as always, at 7:05. By 7:45, the children ? mostly Hispanic, black and poor ? will be done with breakfast, and then it is Ms. Zagarella?s responsibility to lead all the students, from kindergartners to eighth graders, into the gym for morning prayers.

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Minnesota Students Paying for Budget Cuts

As schools open across Minnesota on Tuesday, the tough economic times will be more noticeable to students, teachers -- and soon, taxpayers.

In November, a record 133 school districts say they'll ask taxpayers to support referendums to ward off cuts that have condensed class schedules, provoked higher pay-to-play fees and forced schools to resort to in-school advertising to make ends meet.

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New Tech Program Aiding Colorado Teachers

A task that once took weeks can now be done in a few seconds thanks to new technology in place in the Moffat County School District.

Alpine Achievement stores information teachers can use to hone in on student needs in the classroom.

?This is just a wonderful piece to make our work more effective and more efficient on a day-to-day basis,? assistant superintendent Brent Curtice said.

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Los Angeles Schools, Teachers Accused of Cheating

Student test scores from two Los Angeles-area schools have been thrown out based on evidence of cheating by teachers.

Three teachers at Short Avenue Elementary are accused of correcting answers on student answer sheets or instructing students toward correct answers -- or both. A science teacher at Animo Leadership Charter High School is also accused of correcting answers after exams have taken place.

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Michele Bachmann Suggests Axing The Department of Education

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), told a forum that if elected president, she would consider cutting several federal programs and institutions, including the Department of Education -- reiterating a stance she's mentioned before.

Her comment was in response to an inquiry by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) at the Palmetto Freedom Forum in South Carolina Monday. The Republican presidential primary forum focused on immigration, government downsizing and constitutional and social issues.

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