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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Teacher Grabbed Pupil by Ears & Pulled from Classroom

    A Kansas City School District teacher Thursday was removed from her classroom pending the outcome of an investigation into whether she grabbed a pupil by the ears earlier this week. The alleged assault Monday at Pitcher Academy, 9915 E. 38th Terrace, left the 4-year-old pupil with scratches behind her ears, according to police. Norma Reyes told police she picked up her ...
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    New NYC Chancellor Has No Ed Background

    New NYC Chancellor Has No Ed Background
    Why Cathie Black is Good for NYC Public Schools Here in New York City the buzz about Cathie Black becoming the new Schools Chancellor is still hot. The big story is that Ms. Black has spent her career as an executive for Hearst Magazines and has no education background. While that may get some people crazy, I think it is very good ...
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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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    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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    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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    Economists Want to Stop Teachers' Degree Bonuses

    Economists Want to Stop Teachers' Degree Bonuses
    Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with Next page>> [page] "We're experimenting now," he said, noting pay-for-performance experiments in New York City, Houston and Nashville. Ninety percent of teachers' masters degrees are in education, not subjects such as English or math, according to a study by Marguerite Roza and Raegen Miller for the Center ...
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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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    U.S. Student Performance Slips Again; China Number One

    U.S. Student Performance Slips Again; China Number One
    It's official: Other nations are far better at educating their future citizens. Every three years, the Program for International Student Assessment, known as PISA, is administered to 15-year-old students by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This year, high school students in Shanghai led the pack, with American students ranking average to below average by when compared to their global ...
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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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    Is Academic Overachievement Hurting Our Kids?

    Is Academic Overachievement Hurting Our Kids?
    CNN reports today on a rash of adolescent suicides in the Mumbai area tied to students cracking under intense academic pressure. Admission to top Indian colleges and universities, such as the Indian Institute of Technology, are based solely on the results of a single test, and children jump through a number of preparatory hoops in order to perform well on these ...
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    A Turnover Gap for Minority Teachers

    A Turnover Gap for Minority Teachers
    Black and Latino teachers are leaving the profession “in droves,” says Betty Achinstein, a researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the co-author of Change(d) Agents: New Teachers of Color in Urban Schools. “Teachers of color” make up only 17 percent of the teaching force, despite the rising percentage of minority students, reports Miller-McCune. Schools are hiring more minority ...
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    What Tony Danza Learned By Becoming a First-Year Teacher

    What Tony Danza Learned By Becoming a First-Year Teacher
    Last year, the students in sophomore English at Northeast High School in Philadelphia had a famous teacher—Tony Danza. Yes, that Tony Danza, of television and the stage. Over the course of the school year he navigated Steinbeck, battled swine flu with sanitizer, and served as teacher, counselor, and coach. In short, Danza became “Mr. D” to students born two decades after ...
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    "Glee" Making Students Demand Music Programs?

    "Glee" Making Students Demand Music Programs?
    I'll admit it, I'm a Gleek. I love the Fox show, Glee. I've taken the Facebook quiz (and learned I am most like Rachel). I posted last fall's Single Ladies/football scene to my FB page, I loved the Les Miz nod, and even looked forward to the Lady Gaga homage. I even have a running list of those songs and/or performers ...
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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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