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Education, economics are focus for new NAACP leader
Today marks a new chapter for the Pensacola chapter of the NAACP, a civil rights organization that has fought for equality in Northwest Florida since 1919. Charles D. Thornton Sr., 62, takes charge of the organization today as the nation grapples with ...

Sparkman Middle School 'rape bait' case leads the top Huntsville-area ...
Sparkman Middle School 'rape bait' case leads the top Huntsville-area ...

Top 5 Education Facts of 2014
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, these two agricultural states are tied for first place with 93% of their public high school students graduating high school within four years of starting 9th grade. This factoid tells you ...

Nevada juvenile facilities neglect to seek education funding
Nevada's three juvenile correctional facilities are failing to seek education reimbursements that could save about $632,000 annually, according to a recent state audit. The Division of Child and Family Services, which oversees the juvenile correctional ...

Indiana superintendent hoping film will launch an education movement
The movie, narrated by Peter Coyote, who played the key-shaking scientist tracking an alien in “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” showcases frustrated teachers, experts and others complaining about recent changes in education funding and other new pressures ...

Ohio's youth prisons push education, graduation
The district must adhere to the same standards as other schools overseen by the Ohio Department of Education. A high school is in each of the three juvenile detention facilities, and students must take and pass the same graduation tests as those in the ...

10 to watch in 2015: Dana Ryan aims for better education
OCCUPATION: Director, Washoe County School District Signature Academies & Career and Technical Education. The program aims to improve high school education by supplementing the curriculum with training and courses that are more in line with 21st ...

Compact Mobile Kitchen Encourages Nutrition Education for Young Students
The lack of food education and expanding childhood obesity are seen as common American issues. The accessibility of fast food, candy and soda to children at school continues to raise concern. Congruently, parents without food knowledge themselves are ...

Op-Ed: On education, Democrats are acting like Republicans
It took two teachers of the year from Ridgefield, Jean Jaykus and Annemarie Surfaro-Boehme, in a recent op-ed piece in a Connecticut newspaper to say what superintendents should be saying concerning the direction public education in Connecticut ...

Oregon education: 5 important developments to watch in 2015
Oregon education: 5 important developments to watch in 2015. From state funding to graduation rates, here are key issues to watch in the coming year. Betsy Hammond / The Oregonian. No. 5. Will Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden's big push to get all ...

2014 top stories: #5 - Education in Red Wing gets a face lift
The retirements of Jim Johnson from Minnesota State College–Southeast Technical and Patti Roberts from Sunnyside Elementary along with the reassignment of Red Wing High School Principal Beth Borgen led to three new faces in education, who all ...

Website spotlights black education in Grand Coteau
"It is an amazing story of a passion for education," Melnick said. "Education for minority students came early to Grand Coteau, opportunities that would only come much later to other areas." She said the roots of the educational institutions for ...

States Slow To Shut Down Weak Teacher Education Programs
This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. When Michigan officials suspended six teacher education programs at Lake Superior State University in 2012, citing falling licensing-test scores and other problems ...

Significant education stories in 2014 included statewide and local news
This is an excerpt of On Assignment, education writer Theresa Harrington's blog on Contra Costa County schools. Read more and post comments at IBABuzz.com/onassignment. Follow her at Twitter.com/tunedtotheresa or ...

Budgets and buildings: Big year ahead for education
The education building boom will continue as new construction and renovation work goes on at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College and at the School District of Onalaska. And many eyes will also be on the statehouse as the ...

West Michigan lawmaker says education cost study can reframe funding debate
19, 2014, during its lame duck session that will require the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to enter into a contract for a statewide cost study to determine how much Michigan should spend per pupil in public education. (Chris Clark ...

Pete Chacon, 89, assemblyman, leading voice in bilingual education
“I see the difference that (bilingual education) makes all the time,” said Robert Carrillo, lead evangelist at San Diego Church of Christ and a longtime Chacon family friend, who himself was a back-of-the-class Spanish-speaking student. “In order to ...

Six Education Stories To Watch in 2015
Two unlikely allies of the testing slowdown could be Bill Gates, who's already on the record calling for a reduction in testing, And education secretary Arne Duncan, who has said that too much testing is hurting a much-needed consensus on how to ...

Healthcare, education are jewels of Floyd County's employment growth
Bruce Jones, professor of economics at Georgia Highlands College, and a member of the Rome Board of Education, suspects the bulk of those numbers are in healthcare. “It's certainly not K-12 education because we've actually been shedding jobs over that ...

Kindergarten Entry Tests And More Education Predictions for 2015
In 2014 we've covered education as the world-changing story it is and you've been along for the ride. And so at year's end, NPR Ed reached far and wide to bring you a set of provocative predictions for the education world in 2015: 1) Blended Learning ...

Teachers, charter schools set to battle for public education dollars
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The annual battle over public education funding in New York will pit teachers and school boards against a strong charter school lobby with deep pockets and backing from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is talking about breaking what ...

2014: The year in York County education stories
Nikiyah Perry, a senior at William Penn High School, was among those who protested against the possibility that city schools would be turned into charter schools. This photo is from a rally in September. (Jeff Lautenberger -- For The York Daily Record ...

Charter schools debate continues -- are they about money or education?
“It's not about education, it's about making money,” said Ted Kirsch, president of the statewide American Federation of Teachers. Mr. Kirsch cited some of the funders backing PennCAN and its national parent, 50CAN. While PennCAN has support from ...

After inauguration, get ready for real education fireworks
Congratulations, everybody. But I admit I'm more into the fireworks that will follow. And here's my lineup of nine big education-related rockets that are likely to light up the political sky for several months as the state budget for the next two years ...

Preview: Agency scandals, education fight light a fire under Mississippi lawmakers
To hear lawmakers tell it, by the end of the legislative session that starts Tuesday, the state will be on its way to a better education system freed from federal influence; government will be as transparent as a freshly Windexed picture window; and ...

Record education budget is expected for Idaho schools
"There is a good chance that the Legislature will completely restore the funding for public schools and approve the largest public education budget in Idaho's history," Hill, R-Rexburg, wrote on his web page Friday afternoon. Idaho schools lost $82.5 ...

Flint schools use $500000 CS Mott Foundation grant to put district's education ...
Flint schools use $500000 CS Mott Foundation grant to put district's education ...

Taxpayers Subsidize College Education
My husband and I worked very hard, sometimes two or three jobs at a time, to save for our children's college education. By the time our children were ready for college, we had enough saved to cover their expenses for the duration of their undergraduate ...

Education Chalkboard: A year in review
Education Grab Bag. Here is this week's roundup of higher ed and K-12 events and news in Southwest Florida. Have something I should include next week? Send me an email: [email protected] •The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will ...

The Central Crisis in New York Education
Andrew Cuomo's forthcoming State of the State address is expected to focus on what can be done to improve public education across the state. If he is serious about the issue, he will have to move beyond peripheral concerns and political score-settling ...

Higher education groups criticize Education Department estimate of how much ...
Higher education groups criticize Education Department estimate of how much ...

Education roundup: teacher pensions, e-cigarettes, more
It's a new year: resolve to keep up with the latest education news in the Louisville and Southern Indiana areas. Here are some education-related stories and blogs you may have missed while celebrating the start of 2015: TEACHER PENSIONS: Kentucky state ...

Code And College Readiness Are Reinventing Education On 30 Under 30
Teaching kids how to code is a hot topic -- and a personal challenge for Alex Klein. In 2012 his then-6-year-old cousin, Micah, dared Klein to invent a computer kit that's as simple and fun to build and LEGOs. That ask became an obsession and turned ...

Kahlon adds education maven as Koolanu's first woman
Sassa-Biton, the first woman to join the short list already populated by former Ambassador Michael Oren and anti-poverty advocate Alon Alalouf, is currently the vice president of the Ohalo College in Ktzirin's school for continuing education and ...

3 Big Wins for Special Education in 2014
The way that K-12 learners are taught is in rapid flux, particularly when it comes to students in special education programs. These are the students that need the most help and support and the ones where a push for higher parental involvement does not ...

Kowalko bounced from House education committee
The move isn't surprising considering Kowalko is an outspoken critic of Markell's education policy and is not shy about challenging his own leadership in the House. Referencing a plan to remove principals of low-performing schools, Kowalko wrote last ...

Under Deval Patrick, Mass. has led the nation in education
From the founding of America's first public schools, through the historic Education Reform Act of 1993 and to today, the state has shown a commitment to improving student outcomes, raising academic standards, closing achievement gaps — and to the ...

Bills target gun rights education in schools
Students — at every grade level — would receive at least three weeks of education on their gun rights based on a curriculum chosen by the state Department of Education and approved or recommended by the National Rifle Association. “Zero-tolerance ...

Nutrition education may prevent breast cancer recurrence
New research has found that nutrition education focused on reducing red meat consumption and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may reduce the recurrence of breast cancer. In a small study from Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, ...

Islamic State School Closures: UN Says 670000 Children Deprived Of Education
"In December there was a decree of the Islamic State ordering the stoppage of education in areas under its control," UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said in a Tuesday news briefing in Geneva. "Islamic State said that the curriculum needed to be ...

Higher Education Issues: 15 for '15
The arrival of a new year brings with it the opportunity to reflect on that which occurred over the past twelve months and to look ahead at what awaits. For us in higher education, here is a list of issues that will be with us in 2015. Some are new ...

Jeb Bush education foundation played leading role in mixing politics, policy
When Maine's education commissioner, Stephen Bowen, lamented that he could not persuade the state legislature to expand online learning in schools, a foundation employee assured him that Bush “will probably want to engage Governor [Paul] LePage ...

Concerns rise over Laszloffy's education leadership role
This has meant rallying against things such as abortion or same-sex marriage and for education that promotes a "biblical worldview," according to the website. Its supporters include Bozeman millionaire Greg Gianforte, a longtime contributor to the ...

Task force focuses on education
MUSCLE SHOALS — Members of the newly established P-12 Education Task Force said they'll not only closely monitor the issues facing the Alabama Legislature this spring, but plan to make their collective voice heard in Montgomery. The group is made up ...

Education Plan: Sell Goat, Ride Bus 500 Miles, Sneak Into Prez's House
He's traveled to India — like Uganda, a country with an exploding youth population hungry for an education. He's learning how to work with nongovernmental organizations and schools to create opportunities for education. He hopes to bring these skills ...

Quality education reform starts in the states
Conservatives and liberals alike may rejoice at the notion that 2015 brings with it a chance to revamp the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will be the new chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and ...

Many Africans Not Reaping Job Benefits From More Education
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Africans with more education do not always see an employment benefit from their schooling. In fact, in most of the 29 countries Gallup surveyed in 2013, Africans with at least some secondary education fare only marginally better ...

New York's Partnership for the Education Status Quo
If Al Sharpton is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio 's closest consultant on law enforcement, then the self-styled progressive mayor's most important unofficial partner on education is Kathryn Wylde , the nominal leader of the city's business ...

Maryland slips from first to third in national education ranking
Maryland fell from its perch as the No. 1 state in public education on Thursday, but the shove came from a change in the ranking criteria, not from any slide in performance. Education Week, the national newspaper that ranks state education systems ...

Education a priority for 2015 Va. General Assembly
Virginia school superintendents say they'll release their comprehensive plan for education reform, called the New Blueprint for the Future of Public Education. It will include flexible learning schedules designed to enhance student and teacher ...


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