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Virtual School Programs Coming in Michigan
posted by: Alix | May 20, 2011, 10:22 am   

With states facing budget shortfalls, districts everywhere are coming up with new and innovative ideas to consolidate programs and brace for budget cuts. While cuts may be the new "normal" when it comes to education funding, one district in Michigan has implemented a virtual learning program that actually raises money for the district. Administrators at Oxford Community Schools have started a new virtual high school, meant to connect students in China with teachers in the district and vice versa.
 
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.
 
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