Proposed Hispanic Education Act in New Mexico

Governor Bill Richardson has proposed the passage of a Hispanic Education Act in New Mexico in an
effort to close the achievement gap for Latino students who make up 56% of New Mexico students. Critics of such a bill argue that the state’s department of education and schools are already doing
much of what such an act would put into law. The problem remains, however, that even when achievement scores for all students across the state have increased, the scores of Hispanic students, as

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Proposed Federal Legislation Will Restrict Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

New legislation titled the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in the Schools Act, H.R. 4247, S.
2860,
was introduced in Congress this week. The bill come in response to report released last spring by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) which detailed hundreds of cases of the
inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in schools, with a disproportionate number of the victims being students with disabilities. If it is successfully passed, this legislation would
provide the first federal standards regarding the use of restraint …

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Shift in South Korean Teacher Evaluation Policy

The US is not the only nation looking at making changes to how teachers are evaluated. In an effort to improve teacher quality and encourage parents to have more children, the South Korean Ministry
of Education is preparing to implement a new teacher evaluation system
which will annually designate high-performing teachers and provide them with incentives including promotion and opportunities to study abroad. The system will also give indication to education
officials which teachers require support. The next step is to develop uniform evaluation methods for teachers, and then pilot the new system with kindergarten …

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Innovation in Attracting New Teachers in Maine

The University of Maine- Fort Kent has announced the launch of an accelerated three-year
bachelor’s degree program
in education in fall 2010. The program is intended for “the academically-gifted and talented student aspiring to become an exemplary teacher.” Admission to the
program will be competitive. The program seeks students with a high school gpa of 3.0 or better, standing in the top 15% of high school graduating class, SAT of 1500 or higher, ACT of 21 or
higher, and early college and advanced …

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Children’s Zones in Milwaukee?

While speaking to a group of students and faculty at Alverno College this week, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle said that Wisconsin would soon be revealing its ideas for the national “Race to the Top”
competition. Part of the proposal, he said, will include “Milwaukee Children’s Zones,” modeled after the successful Harlem Children’s Zone. The Harlem
Children’s Zone Project offers a range of supports and programs for children and families, based on the premise that it takes much more than schools are able to offer in a seven hour day to break the
bonds of generational poverty. …

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North Carolina Superintendent Cuts Central Services to Save Classrooms

Del Burns, Superintendent of the Wake County Public Schools (Raleigh, NC), has called for $20 million in cuts
to central office
to offset a projected budget shortfall in the upcoming 2010-2011 fiscal year. has called for $20 million in cuts to central office to offset a projected budget
shortfall in the upcoming 2010-2011 fiscal year. By calling for the cuts at central office, Burns is protecting the district’s classrooms as much as he can. I applaud you Dr. Burns. There is no
more important …

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Devaluing the Importance of Pedagogical Expertise– A Dangersous Policy Trend

Since writing my November 3rd post about proposed changes to Indiana’s educator preparation programs,I haven’t stopped thinking about what I see as the beginning of a policy trend in devaluing the

importance of classroom teachers’ pedagogical expertise. Perhaps beginning with the No Child Left Behind Act and its surrounding rhetoric, increased emphasis has been placed on teachers’ content
knowledge or lack of it. I contend that this renewed emphasis is extremely important. I have worked with and observed far too many teachers over my career whose grasp of their courses’ academic
content was severely lacking. This is …

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