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Van Roekel and Duncan Honor Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

September 19, 2012 by twalker  
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By Amy Buffenbarger NEA President Dennis Van Roekel joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yesterday in Kansas for the Education Drives America bus tour. The first stop of the day was the Brown v. Board of Education historic site in Topeka to honor the U.S. Supreme Court case that ended legal segregation in the nation’s [...]

Eight More States Granted NCLB Waivers

May 30, 2012 by clong  
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By Cindy Long The Obama administration approved eight additional states for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) yesterday, bringing the total number of states with waivers to 19. Eighteen other states and Washington, D.C. also applied for waivers and their applications are still under review. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced [...]

Duncan Stresses Student Aid, College Graduation in Twitter Town Hall

November 15, 2011 by twalker  
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By Kevin Hart Getting America’s students to college isn’t enough – we need to make sure they complete programs and leave with degrees. That was the message delivered by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a Twitter town hall hosted by veteran journalist John Merrow on November 14. The event (see video here) marked [...]

American Education Week Focuses on Nation’s Commitment to Students and Educators

November 14, 2011 by twalker  
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By Christiana Campos Communities across the nation are  joining the National Education Association this week to celebrate American Education Week (AEW). The annual observance, now in its 90th year, honors students’ hard work to learn, recognizes the professionalism and dedication of teachers, support staff and other educators, thanks parents and members of the community who help students succeed, and rededicates [...]

NEA Members Win NBC ‘Education Nation’ Essay Contest

September 21, 2011 by ajehlen  
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By Alain Jehlen A reality show about the life of a kindergarten teacher? Why not? It’s as tough a job as they come. No major network has yet committed to the series, but California kindergarten teacher and NEA member Patricia Raina did win an NBC essay contest with the idea, and she’ll be heading east to take [...]

Duncan Talks NCLB, Collective Bargaining Rights in Twitter Town Hall

August 24, 2011 by khart  
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By Kevin Hart Summarizing complex education policy in 140 characters is no easy task. But U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave it a shot on Wednesday, hosting a Twitter town hall that covered issues ranging from fixing the controversial No Child Left Behind Act to the role collective bargaining can play in boosting student achievement. [...]

NCLB Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

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By Alain Jehlen Eighty-nine percent of Florida’s schools are subpar according to No Child Left Behind. But there’s a way thousands of Florida students can quickly become “proficient”: move to another state. These are just a few of the recent signs that Alice in Wonderland has come to America’s public schools as the 2014 deadline [...]

DREAM Act Supporters Make Their Case to the US Senate

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By Mary Ellen Flannery “I am an American in my heart,” Michigan student Ola Kaso told Senators on Tuesday in the first-ever hearing on the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a much-needed pathway to citizenship for some undocumented students who attend college or serve in the military. The hearing, available on webcast and [...]

For-Profit Colleges Face Tougher Regulations

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Those for-profit colleges that take in millions of federal tax dollars but turn out graduates with mountains of debt and worthless degrees will have to do better for their students. Long awaited regulations released this week by the Department of Education make it clear that those “career colleges” risk losing their [...]

Education Groups Call for Relief from NCLB Mandates

May 27, 2011 by ajehlen  
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By Alain Jehlen Three national education organizations, including the National Education Association (NEA), petitioned the Department of Education this week to use its regulatory powers to stop further harm to the nation’s public schools due to the so-called “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) law. The law is overdue for revision and there is a growing [...]

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