Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What Recovery? Schools Still Reeling From Budget Cuts

September 29, 2014 by twalker  
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By Janet Rivera Mednik In Virginia’s Prince William County, buses that once shuttled middle school students home from after-school activities have been parked. The reason? Lack of funding has shut students out from athletics, clubs, and after-school help. Budget cuts over the last several years have made this situation typical, exacting a heavy toll on [...]

One More Way To Kill Public Schools

September 28, 2014 by twalker  
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The American Enterprise Institute has produced a new video about education. It’s slick and well-produced, featuring Muchael McShane walking through a school while telling us how things should be. He has a three-point program which features, among other things, school choice on steroids. Education blogger Peter Greene says it all ads up to serving up [...]

Common Core Can Help English Learners, New Study Says

September 28, 2014 by twalker  
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The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English. So concludes a new yearlong study released today by the California-based arm of Education Trust, a nonpartisan research [...]

11 Highlights from NEA’s Midwest Back to School Tour

September 26, 2014 by twalker  
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By Amy Jordan NEA President Lily Eskelsen García wrapped up the 2014 NEA Back to School Tour with a swing through the midwest. She met with educators and students at great schools across Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin and campaigned to make public education a priority for lawmakers. Here are just a few of the many [...]

Banned Books Week: The 10 Most Challenged Books Every Year Since 2000

September 26, 2014 by twalker  
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It’s Banned Books Week, an annual event to celebrate the freedom to read — including material considered unpopular and/or radical — and to focus on the dangers of censorship. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom monitors attempts to ban or restrict books and maintains lists of the most challenged. Here are the top [...]

Educating Parents About Education

September 26, 2014 by twalker  
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In too many classrooms in America, parents are often viewed as the adversaries of teachers. While this isn’t true for every school district, even one is too many. Why is this relationship such a variable? The parent’s personal experience with education probably tops the list, but how the culture of the school accepts and relates to [...]

Video: Lily Eskelsen García on ‘Morning Joe’

September 25, 2014 by twalker  
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NEA President Lily Eskelsen García appeared on ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC on Thursday to talk about the failures of education ‘reform’ and why the U.S. should follow the examples of countries that improve student achievement without “test and punish” regimes.

Academic Skills on Web Are Tied to Income Level

September 25, 2014 by twalker  
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Wealthier students tend to perform better on tests of reading comprehension than their poorer peers, a longstanding trend that has been documented amply. But with the Internet having become an indispensable part of daily life, a new study shows that a separate gap has emerged, with lower-income students again lagging more affluent students in their [...]

Smoke, Mirrors, and Pension ‘Reform’

September 24, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Public pensions are under attack across the U.S. From Arizona to Florida, state governors and legislators have been moving to cut pension benefits for retired teachers and other public employees, and enroll new workers in 401K-style “defined contribution” funds instead of traditional, secure “defined benefit” pensions. But a close look at [...]

Cyberbullying Increases in Middle School

September 24, 2014 by twalker  
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As kids transition from elementary to middle school, they are increasingly the targets of cyberbullies, according to a recent study. But the researchers studying U.S schoolkids in grades 5 through 8 found that verbal and physical bullying declines as students get older. Because bullying patterns vary, bullying intervention and prevention strategies must address all types [...]

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