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Sunday, July 27, 2014

LETTER: STEM education the key to success

My Central Jersey.com – Carole Thompson

“Our lives are ruled by technology…It goes without saying that this new emphasis on technology means America now needs more qualified STEM professionals than ever, to push our economic growth forward and to create jobs for millions of others.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Guidance for Schools Issued on How to Keep Parents Better Informed on the Data They Collect on Students

Ed.gov – Press Release

“The U.S. Department of Education today announced new guidance for schools and districts on how to keep parents and students better informed about what student data is collected and how it is used. “…parents need assurance that their children’s personal information is being used responsibly,” said Arne Duncan.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

James Shuls: Privatization In Education Not As Scary As Some Think

Education News – James Shuls

“If the goal is to provide a world-class education to students, policymakers need to avoid the knee-jerk reaction against school choice and recognize that the private sector can help deliver on the promise that every child should have access to great schools.” (more)

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices…Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.” (more)

Low Salaries Keep Many Teachers Out Of The Middle Class: Report

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Teachers’ starting salaries may be nothing to brag about, but a big problem lies in the fact that these salaries barely grow over time, says a new report. Released this week by the Center for American Progress, the report says many areas of the country barely pay teachers more as they gain experience.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

The Huffington Post – Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

“American K-12 students trail much of the developed world when it comes to math achievements, and more than half of high school graduates are not adequately prepared to succeed in a college math course…One subject area that has long been associated with heightening math skills and aptitude is music.” (more)

Baby Steps for Higher Ed Act

Inside Higher Ed – Michael Stratford

“The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation boosting competency-based education and overwhelmingly approved an overhaul of how the Education Department discloses college data. The votes marked the first time that a body of Congress has formally weighed in on the ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the massive law that governs federal student aid, which expires at the end of this year.” (more)

Schools Must Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

Education Week – Kavitha Mediratta

“By helping principals and teachers address the underlying causes of misconduct—and giving them options other than suspension and expulsion—forward-thinking school districts across the nation are demonstrating how positive discipline can improve educational outcomes.” (more)

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Education Week – AP

“Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.” (more)

After 20-Year Hiatus, U.S. to Rejoin International Math and Science Test

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks

“American seniors will once again test their advanced mathematics and physics prowess against that of students in other countries next spring, as the United States rejoins the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study’s advanced program for the first time in 20 years.” (more)