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February 05, 2010

New Survey Data Out on Arts Educators, Science Students

A majority of arts educators say NCLB has not reduced art staffing in their districts, but nearly half report that it's led to budget cuts to art programs.

February 03, 2010

State Boards Lack Information on Common-Core Standards

State boards of education seem to be lacking a good deal of information about the proposed common-core standards. And in most states, these panelists will be the folks who will have to decide whether to adopt them. That message emerged clearly from Day 2 of a meeting of Western board members I att...

February 02, 2010

States Can't Pick and Choose Among Common Standards

States that adopt the common standards must adopt 100 percent of the document, according to two officials working on the initiative. This clarification emerged yesterday from a meeting in Las Vegas organized by the National Association of State Boards of Education. NASBE is holding a series of thes...

February 01, 2010

Obama Seeks Funds for a 'Well-Rounded' Education

This morning, I blogged about President Obama's budget proposals for 'STEM' education. Next, I'll turn to his plans to consolidate a bunch of discrete programs into two larger funds, one for literacy and the other for, yes, a "Well-Rounded Education." (With a name like that, what's not to like?) Fi...

February 01, 2010

Obama Wants New, $300 Million Math and Science Program

The White House describes it as money for grants to states to improve teaching and learning in the subjects.

January 28, 2010

The Draft K-12 Common Standards: A Work in Progress

The revision process for the draft K-12 common standards offers a glimpse into the difficulty of crafting skills-and-knowledge sets to everyone's satisfaction.

January 26, 2010

State of the Union Bingo?

Online lesson plans are available to help teachers make the most of the State of the Union address.

January 26, 2010

Join Today's Online Chat About Common Standards

The chat is a great way to get up to speed on the initiative.

January 25, 2010

Chicago's 'STEM' Connection

The mass migration from Chicago to Washington sparked by President Obama continues, it seems. We're a little behind the times on this one, but Michael C. Lach, who previously oversaw high school curriculum and instruction in the Chicago public schools, in November joined the U.S. Department of Edu...

January 21, 2010

House Chairman Aims to Renew Law on 'STEM' Education

A key House committee is gearing up to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, which promotes STEM education.

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