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Archive: May, 2011

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Challenge Grants to Bolster State Early Learning Systems

News from Nation’s Cities Weekly: May 30, 2011 by Krista D’Amelio Last week, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced the dedication of $ 500 million in Race to the Top funding to support comprehensive state plans for raising the quality of early learning programs, a step that could open new [...]

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GOP looks at N.J. school strategy | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-05-30

News from Philadelphia Inquirer: Posted on Mon, May. 30, 2011 TRENTON – New Jersey Senate Republicans have been asked to consider taking a unified position on public education, including removing the state Supreme Court from school-funding decisions and granting the Legislature the power to determine what it means to provide a “thorough and efficient” education [...]

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Williams gets poor score on evaluation

News from Buffalo News: The Board of Education has given Superintendent James A. Williams an unsatisfactory annual evaluation, with an overall score significantly lower than the 4 — on a scale of 1 to 5 — he received last year, according to several sources. How — or if — that will affect Williams’ future in [...]

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Vt. eyes new federal early ed grant funds

News from Brattleboro Reformer:Saturday May 28, 2011 BRATTLEBORO — Vermont’s Commissioner of Education hopes the state will be able to compete for the latest round of Race to the Top grants announced by the U.S. Department of Education this week. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the federal government would be dividing $ 500 [...]

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Significance of human rights’ education stressed

News from Pakistan Observer:Karachi—Human Rights Education and its effectiveness is a tool for building societies and that training workshops on different human rights issues are of vital importance for capacity building of police personnel, FIA and local administration. Consultant on Planning, Policy, Public Relations and Home Affairs, Sharafuddin Memon, observed this while speaking at a [...]

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Adult education hard-hit by changes in school spending rules, study finds

News from Los Angeles Times: Adult education programs were hard-hit by changes in spending rules for school districts struggling to keep basic operations going during California’s budget crisis, according to a new study released Thursday. The spending mandates for formerly required programs, such as adult education, ended when the state slashed targeted funding for them [...]

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9 States to Get Another Shot at Federal Education Aid

News from New York Times: Nine states that were also-rans in last year’s Race to the Top school improvement competition will get another chance, the Obama administration announced on Wednesday, though this time $ 200 million will be up for grabs, compared with the $ 4 billion awarded to the 12 winning states last year. [...]

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Wash. budget deal relies on massive education cuts

News from Seattle Post Intelligencer: OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A tentative agreement to fill Washington state’s $ 5 billion budget shortfall relies largely on massive cuts to education, including reductions in teacher pay and dramatic increases in university tuition. Negotiators announced the plan Tuesday in a somber news conference, saying they sought to make the [...]

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Education Is Not Just About the Numbers

News from Patch.com: With a serious debate ratcheting up in Harrisburg about the future of state education funding, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about what’s really important in education recently. Now, I don’t have any children, so I can only use my own school and life experiences as a guide, along with what I’ve [...]

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Charter schools boosted by strong support on Education Committee

News from Bangor Daily News: AUGUSTA, Maine — Charter schools in Maine came closer than they ever have to reality Friday when the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted in favor of a bill that would allow creation of up to 10 of them in the next 10 years. Despite opposition by the Maine Education [...]

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