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Ice cream stick ship set to sail A Viking sailing ship, made in the Netherlands from 5 million recycled ice cream sticks with the help of 5,000 school children, is ready for the high seas. Click here to see close-ups....

Kudos to the good folks at Learning Matters, whose PBS series on a failed effort to bring in superstar principals to turn around struggling schools has just been nominated for an Emmy -- the third they've gotten. The competition -- ABC World News, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News -- doesn't stand a chance. You can read about and watch the program here: Turnaround Specialist....

Thanks to a friend for passing this one to me. They really know how to do things down there, I guess....

All of these bills are just markers for future wrangling, but one of the most notable elements of the NCLB proposal unveiled yesterday by Senators Lieberman, Coleman, and Landrieu is that it would let states opt out of the current HQT requirements, which have been pretty ineffective at doing anything beyond making sure districts didn't hire uncertified teachers (an accomplishment, actually), and replacing that with measures of teacher effectiveness. Coleman backs changes to No Child Left Behind education law AP As Congress debates whether to reauthorize President Bush's landmark No Child Left Behind education law, Sen. Norm Coleman and two ...


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