The National Education Association is kicking off its public relations campaign pushing Congress to make changes in the federal No Child Left Behind Act with at 221-page booklet featuring thoughts on the law from a sampling of educators from every state. Overwhelmingly the teachers find the No Child Left Behind Act, which is scheduled for reauthorization this year, sorely lacking. The publication, “It’s Time For A Change! Voices from America’s Classrooms” is organized by state and features entries from teachers who tell tales of physical education classes and science classes being down-sized, of teacher frustration, and of demoralized ...


The state of New Jersey is working overtime to collect money state officials feel it is owed to clean up public school sites and fix improperly constructed public school buildings. The Star-Ledger reports that New Jersey is suing an architectural firm and an engineering firm for $20 million, trying to recoup costs for structural and design defects on school projects across the country. This lawsuit comes on the heels of another school-related lawsuit filed earlier this month that seeks to reimburse the state for millions of dollars it paid out to clean up properties purchased for school sites and then ...


Getting English Language Learners up to speed at the pace required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act has been a challenge for many schools. The Christian Science Monitor highlights one school in St. Paul, Minn., that has had success with a creative method. Prosperity Heights Elementary School teachers use a team-teaching approach to allow teachers to push those students with better English language skills forward, while other teachers give specialized attention to students still learning English. Struggling students aren’t pulled from the class and they work on the same lessons as their peers. But the two teachers ...


For a real glimpse at the life of a new teacher, the Memphis Flyer invited seven Teach for America teachers to write essays about their lives in the classroom. “Classroom Confidential” features the voices of Memphis teachers driven to chain smoking and rampant ice cream eating by the stresses of their jobs; teachers questioning their life choices; teachers wading through sleep-deprivation to make it through the school day. But after a couple months in the classroom and despite the challenges, many of them are still optimistic. They still want to make a difference and hope to have a positive impact ...


In the latest (and possibly last) chapter to the saga over former Vice President Al Gore’s global warming movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” The Washington Post reports today that one of the movie’s producers has decided to give away copies of the DVD to the first 50,000 teachers who ask for it. If you’ll remember, producer Laurie David accused the National Science Teacher’s Association of turning down her offer to give them 50,000 copies of "An Inconvenient Truth" to distribute because of the group’s ties to energy companies like Exxon Mobil—a charge the ...


The International Baccalaureate program—once known mostly for its challenging high school version—is becoming more and more popular with elementary school parents, according to this Washington Post story. The IB's elementary incarnation, called the Primary Years Programme, is now in 72 U.S. schools. According to the story, parents who choose the program for their children are looking for a more global take on education, along with a challenging curriculum. Education Week looks at the International Baccalaureate program here and explores the reasons why the IB program is getting a boost from the Bush administration's push for improved math ...


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