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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