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4/26/2013

4/26/2013
While mastering certain skills—like the ability to write a cohesive essay, or to solve basic logic puzzles—is helpful, and necessary to any entrepreneurial venture, entrepreneurship can only be learned through hands-on experience.
4/26/2013
Lawmakers in Michigan are taking the lead to stop education standards developed and pushed by governors and school leaders across the country. The state House on Wednesday passed an amendment, attached to the Education Department budget, that prohibits any funding for the controversial Common Core system.
4/26/2013
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday promised lawmakers "the battle of their lives" if they balk at his bid to overhaul state education. A day after Democratic state senators announced their differences with him over his proposal to change the way schools are funded, the governor came out swinging.
4/26/2013
General Mills is teaming up with a civil rights group to help get Latino parents more involved in their children's education. The Minneapolis-based company's Box Tops for Education program is partnering with the National Council of La Raza for the program "Committed Parents: Supporting Your Child's Success."
4/26/2013
John Fitzsimons took the reins of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District Tuesday. Fitzsimons, who retired in 2011 as superintendent for the Lawrence, N.Y. school district, officially began his position as interim superintendent on April 23 following the departure of Lee Seitz. Seitz, who announced his retirement effective May 15, left the district Tuesday to exhaust his unused leave.
4/26/2013
Smithtown Superintendent Anthony Annunziato created a new administrative staff position on Tuesday night, promising its the first of many reorganizational changes to come. Deborah Vertovez was appointed interim assistant superintendent starting May 6.
4/26/2013
Houston ISD officials announced Thursday that it is prepared to give students at up to 18 high schools their own laptops next school year, becoming among the first big-city districts to launch a one-to-one computing program.
4/26/2013
Available this summer for the 2013-2014 school year, the new offering includes Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) courses that support the instructional shifts required by the adoption of Common Core State Standards, which emphasize an increased focus on problem-solving and analysis.
4/26/2013
New research from the University of Luxembourg shows that there is a direct link between school climate and school violence. Most importantly, the social climate in class and in school is assumed to have a significant effect on the prevalence of violence in schools.
4/26/2013
The district may soon provide a service to allow people to sound the alarm if they witness illegal or inappropriate activity in the school district. Last night the school board unanimously voted to set up an anonymous “fraud hotline” to detect and deter fraudulent activity. The move comes in the wake of a town-wide scandal involving a school insurance broker who bribed the former township mayor.
4/26/2013
Speaking at the monthly Board of Education meeting, Asean Johnson, 9, pointed out that schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett and board President David Vitale both visited the school last week and remarked on how quiet it was, how it had a "well-stocked library" and how "really exceptional" it was. "Why then are you closing Marcus Garvey when it has everything you say it should have?" Asean asked district leaders.
4/26/2013
The myCore™ platform is structured to guide teachers through various stages designed to help them learn essential curriculum development skills while generating units and lessons that maximize student learning.
4/26/2013
Interested educators are encouraged to download the application from the Sony Education Ambassador community website, a free online destination that provides solutions for educators looking to implement technology in the classroom and fosters dialogue about how technology can enhance student learning.
4/26/2013
Three of Philadelphia's most innovative traditional public schools are set to expand, thanks to $6 million in grants from the nonprofit Philadelphia School Partnership. All told, Center City's Science Leadership Academy, Germantown's Hill-Freedman Middle School, and the Navy Yard's Sustainability Workshop are expected to add 1,600 new students over the next three years.

4/25/2013

4/25/2013
This high-stakes testing has enormous implications for teachers and entire school communities as well. Mayor Bloomberg has repeatedly and publicly called for teachers to be evaluated based on these test scores.

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