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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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Teachers Cut at Chicago Schools (Listed by District)

    Teachers Cut at Chicago Schools (Listed by District)
    Many area school districts are sending pink slips now to prepare for 2010-11 budgets. Specific layoffs are listed below when possible, followed by a dollar value of total cuts, including programs. Arlington Heights School District 25 LAYOFFS: 6.5 teachers, 4.5 teaching assistants and 1 central office secretary for a savings of $464,300. Barrington School District 220 15.3 teachers; 2 custodians; 3 ...
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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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    Should Schools Go Back to 1983 Technology?

    Should Schools Go Back to 1983 Technology?
    Could you survive for a week without your smartphone, your iPod, or your new Michael Jackson Experience video game? If not, trust me, I understand. I'm ashamed to admit that my BlackBerry sleeps under my pillow. However, a classroom of suburban Chicago sixth graders managed to give up all the gadgets and technology that make our modern world go around, and ...
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    President Obama's Education Goals: State of Union Address 2011

    President Obama's Education Goals: State of Union Address 2011
    If you didn't watch the entire State of the Union address you may have missed President Obama's remarks about K-12 education. The education portion of the transcript is pasted below, but I'd like to make some highlights. Education starts at home with parents Race to the Top the most important ed initiative in a generation Teachers need and deserve more respect ...
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