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9/27/2011

9/27/2011
Since its publication in 1965, Truman Capote?s ?In Cold Blood? has been widely recognized as a seminal work in American literature, frequently appearing on high school and college reading lists. But the contents of the nonfiction novel, which detail the brutal murder of a Kansas family, are apparently too macabre for some Glendale Unified School District officials and parents who are seeking to block a request by a high school English teacher to add the text to the district?s advanced English curriculum.
9/27/2011
Take two kids, one from a low-income family, the other middle class. Let them run around and do little-kid things in their respective homes and then, at age 5, enroll them in kindergarten. Research shows that when the first day of school rolls around, the child from the low-income household will be as many as 1.5 years behind grade level in terms of language and prereading and premath skills. The middle-class kid will be as many as 1.5 years ahead. This means that, by the time these two 5-year-olds start school, the achievement gap between them is already as great as three years.
9/27/2011
Lots of school superintendents are nervously awaiting Louisiana's first-ever letter grades for about 1,300 public schools. Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/qeFIty ) her district has put together information for principals to relay to parents. Michael Faulk, superintendent of the Central Community School District, said some families will be caught off guard. "Here you have parents, students have been going to school, been involved, and the grades come out and boom," Faulk said.
9/27/2011
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg pledged his support to the Obama administration?s plan to give states relief from the most onerous provision of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, which would require all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. ?We should?ve, could?ve, would?ve, but we?re not? going to reach all of the goals, Mr. Bloomberg said.
9/27/2011
Got it, pre-kindergartener? That message is about to become part of your curriculum in New Haven?and part of classroom time every month, every year, through 12th grade. Officials unveiled that ambitious plan Monday at a press conference in the Hill Regional Career High School auditorium. They announced that they?ve hired an outside outfit that has drawn up a curriculum for pre-K through 12 grades for teachers to drill the idea into all kids that they?re headed for college. The plan is called ?Pathway to Promise.? The mission is building a ?college-going culture.?
9/27/2011
Six public elementary schools in Chicago launched a 90-minutes-longer school day on Monday. One of the schools, Disney II Magnet School, was set to receive a visit from Chicago Public Schools head Jean-Claude Brizard, who wanted to thank the teachers who agreed to waive their contract and break from the Chicago Teachers Union, which has opposed the immediate institution of the longer day, earlier this month.
9/27/2011
CDW Government LLC (CDW-G), provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers, announced its recognition as a 2011 Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Partner of the Year. The award honors CDW-G?s innovative use of Microsoft technology in support of higher education and K12 customers.
9/27/2011
PublicSchoolWORKS (PSW) has signed an agreement with Contra Costa County Schools Insurance Group (CCCSIG) in California for the group to implement PSW's Staff Training Management System, part of its award-winning EmployeeSafe Suite.
9/27/2011
One columnist?s idea of a good principal: A good principal has been a teacher. While Ivy Leaguers in their 20s can now become principals, Jacqui Getz, 51, the new principal of Public School 126, a high-poverty school in Chinatown, came up the old way. This is her third principal position, but before that, she was a teacher for nine years and an assistant principal for four. It?s hard for principals to win over teachers if they haven?t been one. ?You?re the principal,? Ms. Getz said, ?but you have to know how a teacher feels and how a teacher thinks.?

9/26/2011

9/26/2011
Digital Wish and Kodak have teamed up to create educator-only discounts on high definition video camera bundles, bringing more visual learning projects to classrooms across America.
9/26/2011
Through the professional development series Everyday STEM, K-5 teachers discover that STEM concepts lie within storybooks, history lessons, art projects, and more ? and they learn how to coax these principles out of their everyday lessons.
9/26/2011
With the launch of the Simply Good program in Randolph Public Schools, Chartwells plans to educate elementary, middle and high school students about the importance of eating locally grown foods.
9/26/2011
After three decades of serving STEM education, Vernier Software and Technology has chosen 30 innovative schools to receive its 30th anniversary technology grants. Each of the 30 selected schools will receive $10,000 worth of Vernier technology equipment of their choosing.
9/26/2011
With his declaration on Friday that he would waive the most contentious provisions of a federal education law, President Obama effectively rerouted the nation?s education history after a turbulent decade of overwhelming federal influence. Mr. Obama invited states to reclaim the power to design their own school accountability and improvement systems, upending the centerpiece of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, a requirement that all students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.
9/26/2011
Chemistry class accidents like the one at a southwest suburban high school that recently injured a 16-year-old are relatively rare, but no federal or state agencies track such incidents, experts say. The U.S. Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education don't record lab experiments gone awry, they said. "No one really knows how often this occurs, but if it were happening routinely, students just wouldn't take these classes," said William Hunter, a chemistry professor at Illinois State University. "I probably hear about one incident every three to four years."

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