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Gender Identity Protections: Moving From Policy to Practice

May 30, 2013 by twalker  
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By Edward Graham While most school districts around the country have non-discrimination policies to safeguard their students, Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, Wisconsin goes a step further. Its policy also covers students’ gender identity and expression as protected rights. But transforming protections into practice can be difficult, and educators wanted a way to ensure [...]

Public Spending Per Student Drops

May 30, 2013 by twalker  
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U.S. public-education spending per student fell in 2011 for the first time in more than three decades, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data issued Tuesday. Spending for elementary and high schools across the 50 states and Washington, D.C. averaged $10,560 per pupil in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. That was down 0.4% from [...]

Teachers’ Lessons in Heroism and Healing

May 29, 2013 by twalker  
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“We are rightly taken by the fact that some teachers risked their lives and gave their lives,” said David Steiner, dean of Hunter College’s School of Education and a former New York state education commissioner. “We should just shut up and admire (them).” Still, he wonders, how long does awe last, and what comes after? Does the teacher [...]

Is America Ready to Talk About Equity in Education?

May 28, 2013 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker For more than a decade, the debate around student achievement has been limited by the narrow parameters of  No Child Left Behind, almost completely shutting out any real discussion about the deep economic inequalities that hold back millions of students across the country. For all the talk about the achievement gap, lawmakers [...]

Boy or Girl? As Even Younger Kids Challenge Gender Identity, Schools Try to Adjust

May 28, 2013 by twalker  
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Last year, the American Psychiatric Association removed “gender identity disorder” from its list of mental health ailments. Today, the gender spectrum includes those who are transgender, who see themselves as the opposite gender, and those who are gender variant, or gender nonconforming, whose gender is more “fluid.” While the numbers are relatively small, it means that, increasingly, [...]

Students Serve as Teachers in Anti-Bullying Lessons

May 28, 2013 by twalker  
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The Anza Trail School students in Arizona are aware of the various forms of harassment, from verbal and physical to cyberbullying, but a class project allowed them to delve deeper into the topic and educate their classmates. The students created videos, websites, PowerPoint slide shows and brochures to reveal tips on how to deal with bullies, [...]

Virginia Teacher’s Blogs Get National Following

May 24, 2013 by twalker  
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By Edward Graham When teacher Ken Halla began his U.S. history blog five years ago, he would have been happy to see it get a few thousand page views each month. He had no reason to expect the blog would cultivate the national following it would soon have. In it’s first month, it racked up [...]

Schools Should Make Exercise ‘Core’ Subject, U.S. Panel Urges

May 24, 2013 by twalker  
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U.S. schools need to boost efforts to get students moving, and make gym class as critical as other core subjects if they want to increase test scores as well as students’ general well-being, a leading group of health advisers said on Thursday. The Institute of Medicine called for younger students to get at least 30 [...]

Can Rural Schools Learn From Single-Gender Urban Classes?

May 24, 2013 by twalker  
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Education reforms that have proven effective in urban areas might not see the same results in rural schools, particularly those involving single-gender education. A new study finds that rural educators need to consider their local context when implementing reforms, and they wrote that factors such as community support and the availability of resources can affect results. [...]

Why Are Colleges Handing Out Financial Aid to Wealthy Students?

May 22, 2013 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery It’s simple cause and effect: As state funding for public higher education has dropped over the past decades, student tuition has risen an almost equal amount. But where the equation gets more complicated is inside some college admissions offices, where “merit-based,” not need-based tuition aid, is increasingly directed to the wealthiest [...]

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