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California schools to train very young Netizens

As more children are going online, encouraged by parents, teachers, and so on, the topic of cyberbullying is in the news more and more. And a new curriculum from a California nonprofit can help navigate the online world of 8-year-olds.




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Big districts, like Chicago, abandon federal teacher-improvement grants

Grants from the Teacher Incentive Fund, a federal program aimed at establishing performace-based pay for teachers as well as professional development enhancements, was terminated last month in Chicago, New York, and Milwaukee because the districts were unable to get teachers to agree to the terms of the grant.


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Republican Party platform on education

We analyze the Republican Party platform, presented at the Republican convention in Tampa this week. Well, we limited our analysis to the parts of the platform that deal with education.


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Elgin Goddard is first in country with pre-K gym class

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development in Elgin has launched the first pre-K gym class among more than 385 schools in the US that are owned and operated by independent educator-franchisees, and teachers at the school hope it will help to reduce childhood obesity.



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Charter schools overrated in Texas: study

Preliminary results from research out of Penn State suggests that high-performing charter schools in Texas may be that way because they select students who would be more teachable anyway.


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U-46 bilingual education: exemplary or limited?

In a lawsuit alleging Illinois’s second-largest school district unfairly denied access to quality programs by blacks and Hispanics, the court heard from two experts in bilingual education with different views on the quality of U-46’s program.


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High schoolers smoke, drink, do drugs—at school

A survey from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University says 9 out of 10 high schoolers say their classmates drink, drug, or smoke during the school day. Half know someone who sells drugs. And seeing people abusing marijuana and alcohol on Facebook and other social networking sites makes them want to party like that themselves.