• Public school systems cheating nation’s youth
    Can parents trust their local school districts’ claims of improvement in educational results? Of all the public scandals of the past several years, the APS cheating fiasco is the most egregious in recent memory because it proves that corruption is now standard operating procedure in our civic institutions. Who cares if children are left holding the bag, as long as the powers-that-be get the accolades they seek.
  • Chairman John Kline Proposes More Flexibility for Local Schools
    Representative John Kline (R–MN), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, has introduced a new bill to provide states and school districts with more flexibility in how they allocate federal education dollars.
  • National Education Association Thanks Students for Raising PAC Funds
    At its recent convention, National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen publicly thanked students for raising funds for the union political action committee, known as the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education. Political action committees are only supposed to solicit funds from union or association members or employees. So why are students participating in the first place?
  • The Waiver in Question
    But asking for NCLB waivers isn’t new for Tennessee. The “Federal Programs” section of the Tennessee Department of Education’s web site lists the NCLB waivers the Tennessee Department of Education has applied for since 2009.
  • Twitter Evolving Into Professional-Development Tool
    Some educators use Twitter—through which users “tweet” messages limited to 140 characters—to connect their students with the outside world. Others use it to share resources and ideas with other teachers.
  • TCAP Math scores concern some employers
    While state officials are boasting a 7% increase in math scores on state standardized tests, less than half of students passed the math portion.
  • States Continue Push to Toughen Teacher Policies
    As the majority of legislative sessions around the country come to a close, many states will finish the season having pushed through policy changes that are likely to have a notable impact on teachers.
  • Higher Folic Acid Levels in Teens Tied to Academic Success
    Teens who have high levels of folic acid appear to do better in school than those with lower levels, Swedish researchers report. The investigators found that teens who had the highest levels of folic acid also got the best grades. None of the other factors they examined accounted for their finding, Nilsson’s team noted. Folic acid is found in leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, peas and nuts. In addition, people can obtain folic acid from breads, cereals and other grain products enriched with folic acid, as well as folic acid supplements.
  • California Board of Ed Could Finalize Trigger Law Regs Today
    Parents from all over California will converge on Sacramento today in hopes of seeing the State Board of Education give final approval to regulations for the Parent Empowerment Law, also known as the Parent Trigger Law. The law allows parents with children at chronically failing schools to intervene and bring about a set of changes through a simple petition process.
  • Biggest Teachers Union Spent $20 Million Electing Dems
    NEA Spent More Than $19.5 Million on State Politics in 2010-11. …delegates approved a $10 per member increase to the national union’s Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises Fund. The BM/LC Fund distributes funds to NEA state affiliates to supplement their own issue spending on ballot initiatives and bills working their way through various state legislatures. NEA longer reveals which states received what amounts, but so many states received funding it hardly matters. NEA took in about $13.3 million in dues money for the fund in 2010-11, and retained a carryover of more than $8 million from 2009-10, for a total of $21.3 million. However, the union spent or promised that entire amount, and then some, in response to the myriad of collective bargaining laws that were introduced. NEA sent almost $9.4 million to 12 state affiliates for ballot measure campaigns, and another $10.2 million to 19 state affiliates for legislative crises. Additionally, the union spent $2.5 million on “national lobby-campaign efforts related to ESEA reauthorization.” That adds up to $22.1 million.

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