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Trouble for Charters in Georgia?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 19, 2011, 10:28 am   

As reported in the AAE State Policy Update this week, a Georgia law clearing the way for new charter schools in the state was struck down by the Georgia Supreme Court in a high-profile decision on Monday. The decision overturned the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards. The court's ruling will undoubtedly affect thousands of students, reshaping the face of funding for public education in the state, and perhaps set a precedent that could affect other states' emerging charter movements.
 
Calling a Truce With Your Textbook
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 18, 2011, 10:20 am   

I may get virtual rotten tomatoes thrown at me by some of you, but I liked the textbook that was issued for my 7th grade classes. (Dodging an overripe red projectile.)

 
President Obama Gives High School Commencement Address
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 17, 2011, 10:53 am   

President Obama stopped in Memphis, Tennessee yesterday to deliver Booker T. Washington High School's key note graduation address as part of the Department of Education's Commencement Challenge for 2011. Washington High secured the historic address from the President by illustrating how it overcame a history of disciplinary problems and high dropout rates by implementing reforms and turning the school into a sanctuary for troubled kids in inner city Memphis.
 
Stranger than Fiction: School Lunch Technology Counts Student Calorie Intakes
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 13, 2011, 09:31 am   

In light of the new focus on childhood obesity led by First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move" campaign, a new technology out of Texas that is designed to monitor a child's calorie intake while sitting in the lunch room has sparked a national debate.
 
LIFO in Today’s Education Climate
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 12, 2011, 11:02 am   

With another school year winding down, we are again hearing stories about young, often first- or second-year teachers and their being laid off due to budget cuts. The fact that states across the country are facing historic budget shortfalls shouldn't be news to anyone. Clearly this sobering reality will have an impact on education budgets, but what if the union-backed policy of "last in, first out" punishes good teachers and impacts parents seeking a quality teacher for their child? Sadly, LIFO has become just that: forcing new teachers out without any regard to their performance.
 
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