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States Gaining a Say on School Accountability

Friday, September 4, 2015

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Whether a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act makes it over the finish line this year, the federally driven accountability system at the heart of the law seems destined to go the way of the Blockbuster video.

The Obama administration has already opened the door to major flexibility by issuing waivers from the NCLB law, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Wash. State Lawmakers Face Hard Choices on K-12 Finance

Thursday, September 3, 2015

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Despite a $100,000 daily fine, it remained unclear as of late last week just how ready Washington state legislators are to develop a plan for education funding that will fulfill the dictates of the state’s constitution to the satisfaction of the state Supreme Court.

Earlier this month, that court ruled that the state must pay the monetary penalty each day that it does not come up with a plan that, among other goals, would reduce the state’s reliance on local taxes to pay for education, especially staff salaries, by 2018.

GOP Candidates Forum Puts Education Policy Front and Center

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Education may not get much attention during prime-time presidential debates, but it was center stage at Londonderry High School, where six GOP candidates took a deep dive into K-12 policy.

At an Aug. 19 event hosted by The Seventy Four, an online education news site, and sponsored by the American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy organization, the Republican hopefuls–five of them current or former governors–talked Common Core State Standards, teachers’ unions, the role of the federal government, the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, charter schools, and more.

K-12 Print Needs Persist Despite Digital Growth

Monday, May 18, 2015

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The massive shift in school districts from print to digital content is widely viewed in education technology circles as inevitable–and highly desirable. In many school systems, however, the reality is that the transition is playing out incrementally, and that teachers will be relying on printed materials for years to come, for a host of financial and technological reasons.

Social Media Hazards and Tips for Teachers

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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By Kathleen J. Tate, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Director of Teaching, School of Education, American Public University

Social media continues to play a significant part in many people’s lives, including those of teachers, students, and families. Recent statistics on social media users indicate that 74 percent of online adults use social networking sites as of January 2014 (Pew Resesarch Center, n.d.), with the majority of those using Facebook.

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