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    Lesbian Student Sues School District Over Rejected Tux Photo

    Lesbian Student Sues School District Over Rejected Tux Photo
    JACKSON, Miss. — Another teenage lesbian is suing a Mississippi school district, this time over a policy banning females from wearing tuxedos in yearbook portraits. Ceara (SEE-ayr-uh) Sturgis' dispute with the Copiah (kuh-PY-uh) County School District started in 2009, before another lesbian student in another Mississippi school district fought to wear a tuxedo to prom and bring a same-sex date. The ...
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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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    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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    Is a Longer School Day Better?

    Is a Longer School Day Better?
    Yesterday, the city of Chicago announced a pilot program to introduce extended school days at 15 elementary schools over the coming school year. In total, 90 minutes would be added in the form of 35 minutes of online reading courses, 35 minutes of online math courses, and 20 minutes of free time—for a grand total of 70 extra minutes of actual ...
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    Kindergartens See Increase in Hispanic, Asian Students

    Kindergartens See Increase in Hispanic, Asian Students
    The kindergarten class of 2010-11 is less white, less black, more Asian and much more Hispanic than in 2000, reflecting the nation's rapid racial and ethnic transformation. The profile of the 4 million children starting kindergarten reveals the startling changes the USA has undergone the past decade and offers a glimpse of its future. In this year's class, for example, about ...
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    Teachers in Films Can Be Fascinating, Flawed Characters

    Teachers in Films Can Be Fascinating, Flawed Characters
    Think of the greatest teachers in cinema history and immediately, some obvious, classic educator-roles spring to mind. Sidney Poitier in "To Sir, With Love." Peter O'Toole in "Goodbye Mr. Chips." Maggie Smith in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." Perhaps, for those who haven't developed a condition known as Carpe Diem Aversion, even Robin Williams in "Dead Poet's Society." But that ...
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    Seattle Teachers Defeat Effort to Tie Evaluations to Test Scores

    Seattle Teachers Defeat Effort to Tie Evaluations to Test Scores
    SEATTLE - The Seattle Education Association (SEA) and Seattle Public Schools struck an agreement on a new contract Wednesday night, breaking a stalemate over the issue of teacher effectiveness. While the two sides agreed on a new, more sophisticated evaluation system, SEA succeeded in excluding key provisions of the district’s proposal to directly tie teacher evaluation and pay to student test ...
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    Should Public Schools Open Their Playgrounds to the Public?

    Should Public Schools Open Their Playgrounds to the Public?
    A recent piece from in Miller-McCune makes a case that a public school can do more than just educate its students: It also provides a possible venue, via school playgrounds and basketball courts, for nearby residents to stay active. Now, we all know that not all public schools come with attached playgrounds, tracks, and basketball courts, swimming pools, etc.; but many ...
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    Childhood Obesity Battle Goes to Congress

    Childhood Obesity Battle Goes to Congress
    SLIDELL, La. — Declaring the beginning of the “next phase” of a program to combat childhood obesity, the first lady, Michelle Obama, called on Congress on Wednesday to pass legislation that would make many of the program’s initiatives possible. In a speech at an elementary school here, Mrs. Obama ticked off the main points of her “Let’s Move!” campaign: encouraging children ...
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    How Do We Get More Community College Students to Graduate?

    How Do We Get More Community College Students to Graduate?
    President Obama tells us that by 2020, we need an additional eight million more Americans to graduate from college. The pressure is now on for community colleges to deliver. This is the time of year Inver Hills Community College Vice President Barbara Read stands in the door of the admissions office and greets new students with a four-word question: “What is ...
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    Majority of Sex-Ed Classes Don't Cover Birth Control Methods

    Majority of Sex-Ed Classes Don't Cover Birth Control Methods
    ATLANTA — Almost all US teens have had formal sex education, but only about two-thirds have been taught about birth control methods, according to a government report released yesterday. Many teens apparently are not absorbing lessons on birth control. Other recent data show that after years of decline, the teen birth rate rose from 2005 to 2007. It dipped again in ...
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    Can a Facebook App Prevent College Dropouts? Bill Gates Thinks So

    Can a Facebook App Prevent College Dropouts? Bill Gates Thinks So
    An education-focused app hopes to take Facebook back to its original purpose: creating a school community—and it might just keep students from dropping out of college. In fact, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes in Schools App so much, they're backing it with a $2.1 million investment. It's a signal that the foundation, which has long pushed college as a ...
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    Teacher Suspended for Blogging

    Teacher Suspended for Blogging
    Hollywood does a pretty good job of depicting the ideal teacher. Such an educator instantly connects with even the most struggling of students, seeing past his or her faults and quickly converting the student into valedictorian/doctor/Broadway star or general success of one's choice. Long hours and incredible patience are always involved. But if recent events up in Pennsylvania are any indication, ...
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    Teachers Get Some Much Deserved Love

    From the firing of the staff at a Rhode Island high school to the dismissal of more than 200 teachers in Washington, D.C., to the value-added teacher data released by The Los Angeles Times, it seems like a lot of the new from the education beat has focused on bad or ineffective teachers. But, what about the good ones? The ones ...
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    PA Teacher Strikes Nerve With 'Lazy Whiners' Blog

    PA Teacher Strikes Nerve With 'Lazy Whiners' Blog
    FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia who was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges "disengaged, lazy whiners" is driving a sensation by daring to ask: Why are today's students unmotivated — and what's wrong with calling them out? As she fights to keep her job at Central Bucks East ...
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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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    Don’t Forget the Mediocre Kids!

    Don’t Forget the Mediocre Kids!
    In Being a teacher from TJ on a Journey, TJ Shay writes, “A few days ago, I posted this on Facebook, ‘Teacher thought for the day..... If I grew up exactly like my student did, with the same advantages and disadvantages, the same parents, the same life, I would act the same way they do. Sure, as we get older, we ...
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    Struggling Georgia School Plans to Fire Entire Staff

    ATLANTA — A failing Savannah high school is firing its entire staff in an effort to avoid further sanctions from the state and to make the school eligible for up to $6 million in federal money, officials said Thursday. The 200 employees at Beach High School — including the principal — will work there through the end of the year but ...
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    700 Layoffs May Be Needed in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque schools superintendent Winston Brooks says a $43 million budget shortfall is leading to severe cuts for next school year, including the possibility that 700 employees might be laid off. In addition, the district wouldn't fill about 500 empty positions, resulting in a cut of 1,200 employees — about 10 percent of the work force. Employee salaries and ...
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    Struggling Families Depend More on School Lunches

    Struggling Families Depend More on School Lunches
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a couple tight weeks after taking in her sixth-grade stepson, Lisa Lewis fretted about how to pay for his school lunches. Unable to find a full-time job, the 37-year-old works part-time at a Kansas City, Kan., daycare, earning minimum wage. On that money alone, she supports herself, her unemployed husband, her stepson and her 11th-grade son. ...
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