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    Why Colleges Should Tell Students About Job Prospects Before They Commit

    Why Colleges Should Tell Students About Job Prospects Before They Commit
    Recent college grads still looking for full-time employment—or faced with the prospect of moving back home to live with mom and dad—are probably cursing their English and philosophy degrees. But while they're sending out resumes and getting rejected, in May there were 2.6 million unfilled jobs. The problem is that many of those positions are in science and tech—fields that most ...
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    How the American School System Can Train Kids for High-Tech Jobs

    How the American School System Can Train Kids for High-Tech Jobs
    In May of 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an estimated 2.6 million jobs were unfilled. In the heart of the worst American recession in decades, with unemployment rates hovering at nine percent, there were over two million unfilled jobs. Why the contradiction? Many of these unfilled positions were in industries such as healthcare, aerospace, advanced precision manufacturing, scientific ...
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    Obama to Speak at the Graduation of Race to the Top Winner

    Obama to Speak at the Graduation of Race to the Top Winner
    Congratulations are in order for Memphis, Tennessee's Booker T. Washington High School. The school is the winner of the 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. President Obama will head there later this spring to deliver the graduation speech. [gate] Booker T. Washington opened its doors in 1873 and was the first public high school in segregated Memphis that ...
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    Police Forced to Pepper Spray Unruly Second-Grader; Mother Claims Excessive Force

    Police Forced to Pepper Spray Unruly Second-Grader; Mother Claims Excessive Force
    An eight-year old boy named Aidan was pepper sprayed by Lakewood, Colorado police after acting up in a classroom. Teachers had barricaded themselves in after the second-grader threw a violent temper tantrum. Aiden, whose last name was not revealed to protect his privacy, had torn a piece of wooden trim off the walls and was wielding it like a weapon, according ...
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    Skype's New Education Platform Connects Classrooms Around the Globe

    Skype's New Education Platform Connects Classrooms Around the Globe
    Good news for teachers looking to collaborate with their colleagues in other parts of the world. Skype has a new free service just for educators called Skype in the classroom, "a free global community created in response to, and in consultation with, the growing number of teachers" using the tool to help students learn. Teachers already access the eight-year-old service for ...
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    Chicago Teachers Surprise Students with "Thriller" Flash Mob

    Chicago Teachers Surprise Students with "Thriller" Flash Mob
    Teachers at Chicago's 3-year-old Gary Comer College Prep sure know how to surprise (and motivate) their students. This afternoon at their Third Quarter Town Hall, the South Side charter school's staff staged an awesome flash mob performance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"—and it was all caught on video by a student. Principal James Troupis says his team didn't come up with the ...
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    Principal Sells Entire Shoe Collection to Save Teaching Jobs

    Principal Sells Entire Shoe Collection to Save Teaching Jobs
    California's education budget crisis continues to spur some seriously heroic acts of sacrifice. Last week we reported on Jocelyn Lam, a Los Angeles area fifth grader who donated her $300 life savings to save her school's teachers from layoffs, sparking a community-wide fundraising drive. Now Michele Miller, a principal in the Rescue Union School District in suburban Sacramento, is selling her ...
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    Fifth Grader Donates $300 Life Savings to Stop Teacher Layoffs

    Fifth Grader Donates $300 Life Savings to Stop Teacher Layoffs
    Thanks to draconian budget cuts, thousands of layoff notices have been delivered to teacher mailboxes nationwide over the past few weeks. But, after notices went home about pink slips handed out in the Arcadia Unified School District, Jocelyn Lam, a fifth grade student at Camino Grove Elementary decided there was something she could do to save her school's teachers: she emptied ...
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    1-Hour Exercise Raises Minority GPAs

    1-Hour Exercise Raises Minority GPAs
    After an hour discussing the fact that the college transition is tough for everyone, black students earned significantly higher grades, shrinking the minority achievement gap by 52 percent, report Greg Walton and Geoffrey Cohen, Stanford psychologists, in a paper published in the March 18 Science. The exercise stressed that it’s normal for new college students to worry that they don’t belong ...
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    Teacher Saves 42 Students from Tsunami

    Teacher Saves 42 Students from Tsunami
    Incredibly touching, heroic stories keep emerging from Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster, and the latest comes from the coastal town of Ofunato. A courageous high school teacher named Robert Bailey saved the lives of his 42 students—and he only had eight minutes to do so. The 27-year-old British national has lived in Ofunato for four years with his wife, Mai. In ...
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    Legislation May Chart New Course for Charter Schools

    Legislation May Chart New Course for Charter Schools
    I wrote several weeks ago (not in the newspaper) that education in Wisconsin was entering "unchartered" waters. Oops. For one thing, I meant "uncharted" waters. A mental slip. More important, the waters are, in reality, about to become increasingly chartered. Charter schools are in for major boosts, both in Milwaukee and statewide, if Republican proposals in the Legislature become law. In ...
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    Are You Racing to Nowhere?

    Are You Racing to Nowhere?
    I had the privilege of seeing a screening of Race to Nowhere recently in Atlanta. I have a feeling that the hour and twenty minutes I spent watching that movie could alter my future as a parent and educator more than any other single event in my life. As I looked around the screening room at the almost 500 other people ...
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    Should an Ex-Porn Star Be Allowed to Teach?

    Should an Ex-Porn Star Be Allowed to Teach?
    By all accounts, 38-year-old Tera Myers was an effective science teacher. During her four-year stint at Parkway North High School in Saint Louis, Missouri, Myers received favorable performance reviews from her principal and was well-liked by students, parents, and other staff members. But her teaching days at Parkway North are over after a student confronted her this week over a pornographic ...
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    Should School Superintendents Earn More Than Obama?

    Should School Superintendents Earn More Than Obama?
    With teacher pay and benefits coming under increasing scrutiny, it was only a matter of time till the salary of school district higher-ups also came under fire—especially when some superintendents are pulling down more in salary and benefits than the President of the United States. Case in point: New York's Syosset Central High School District Superintendent Dr. Carole Hankin rakes in ...
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    Jon Stewart Slams Fox News for Scapegoating Teachers

    Jon Stewart Slams Fox News for Scapegoating Teachers
    Chalk it up to his mom being an educator. Jon Stewart was in rare form last night as he skewered the non-stop scapegoating of public school teachers by contrasting it to the media's (especially Fox News') fawning coverage of Wall Street. Stewart satirically showed multiple instances where reporters, talking heads and politicians demand sacrifices from teachers and other public employees in ...
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    Big Ideas from TED 2011: Letting Students Drive Their Education

    Big Ideas from TED 2011: Letting Students Drive Their Education
    The way we teach our kids is...well, stupid. Our overcrowded classrooms with one-size-fits-all solutions teach good students that success and knowledge is the ability to complete tests with little or no relevance in the real world, and leave students who struggle in a spiral of failure that can dictate the limits of their future. It is a system that is good ...
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    Can We Improve Education By Increasing Class Size?

    Can We Improve Education By Increasing Class Size?
    Microsoft genius Bill Gates has a counter-intuitive, money-saving idea that he says might just boost student achievement: strategically raise class sizes. In advance of a national governors gathering, Gates expressed his concern over looming education budget cuts. But he's not convinced that education cuts necessarily have to harm students. Gates says that instead of using seniority to lay off teachers, school ...
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    In Tough Times, Who Do You Lay Off?

    In Tough Times, Who Do You Lay Off?
    Teacher effectiveness is the theme of this week’s National Journal experts discussion. At the labor-management conference, Education Arne Duncan warned that there are tough decisions ahead in many districts about which teachers are retained and which are laid off. ”If you have to make tough calls, you have to figure out for the most disadvantaged communities how you keep your best ...
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    That Plan to Close Half of Detroit's Schools? It's Really Happening

    That Plan to Close Half of Detroit's Schools? It's Really Happening
    Eminem's acclaimed Super Bowl advertisement for Chrysler told the world that despite what you've heard, Detroit is making a comeback. Tell that to the city's children, because the State of Michigan has sounded the death knell for Detroit Public Schools. DPS's Emergency Financial Manager (EFM), Robert Bobb, has received approval for his plan to shut down half of the city's public ...
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    Obama's Education Budget Is on the Right Track. Too Bad Congress Won't Approve It

    Obama's Education Budget Is on the Right Track. Too Bad Congress Won't Approve It
    President Obama unveiled his entire fiscal year 2012 budget yesterday at Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology in Baltimore, Maryland, and his proposed $77.4 billion in education spending—a 4 percent increase from 2010, the most recent budget enacted—bucks the national trend of defunding education. It's not a perfect budget, but Obama's committing to spending where it matters most: PELL grants, ...
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