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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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