Learning Styles Assessment Helps Students Achieve New Year’s Resolutions
KCSG, on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:15:09 -0800

by Brian Tenney, Contributor (St. George, UT) – One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is “get a better education,” according to USA Today.


Allan Nairn: As US Loses Its Global Economic Edge, Its “One Clear Comparative …
Democracy Now, on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:24:30 -0800

Cut the opportunity to get higher education. As opposed to saying—real austerity—cut the luxuries of the rich. In a way, it’s a little puzzling, in a way,

Who owns the future?
Coos Bay World, on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:51:40 -0800

Among the OECD members, the most developed 34 nations on earth, Mexico, principal feeder nation for US schools, came in dead last in reading.

Unfair comparison on education
York Daily Record, on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:52:55 -0800

In the USA, disabled, mentally deficient, slow learners, etc., are all guaranteed a right to an education in the same classrooms as the A student,

Registration Opens for ACU’s 2011 Connected Summit (press release), on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:59:40 -0800

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Karen Cator, director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education, are slated for live keynote

Ashton Kutcher schools us on the coming apocalypse
Salon, on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:21:07 -0800

That’s when Diane Ravitch — the Bush administration’s former assistant secretary of education and the former advocate of No Child Left Behind — did

Who owns the future?
Broken Arrow Ledger, on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:01:41 -0800

Among the OECD members, the most developed 34 nations on earth, Mexico, principal feeder nation for US schools, came in dead last in reading.

Hamilton Garners National News Attention Throughout 2010
Hamilton College News, on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:11:38 -0800

In addressing anti-Muslim sentiment and campus reactions, USA Today’s education blog described Hamilton’s fast-a-thon in which 170 Muslim and non-Muslim

 State by state

AK: Lawmaker wants Alaska’s 1st medical, law schools

By The Associated Press, Anchorage Daily News

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – An Alaska lawmaker has pledged to create the state’s first medical schools and law schools.
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CA: Torlakson to be sworn in Monday as state schools chief

By Michelle Maitre, Contra Costa Times

Outgoing Assemblyman Tom Torlakson will be inaugurated in Concord on Monday to his new position as state Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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GA: Georgia Schools Offer Lesson In Living With Cutbacks

By Kathy Lohr, National Public Radio (Audio)

In Franklin County, the faltering economy has meant longer school days, a shorter calendar, fewer teachers.   Read More

GA: Legislature will consider teacher report cards

By Maureen Downey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

I have been working on a column for the AJC’s Monday education page on an effort this upcoming legislative session to formulate a bill creating teacher report cards in Georgia and just chatted with House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, about his interest in the issue.   Read More

IA: Iowa budget needs ‘lifestyle change,’ Branstad says

By Rod Boshart, Quad-City Times

Like someone who needs to shed weight with exercise and better eating habits, state government needs “a lifestyle change” to bring excessive spending in line with available revenue, Gov.-elect Terry Branstad and his new budget chief said Monday.   Read More

IA: 2011 Iowa legislature already faces lots of work

By Rod Boshart, Quad-City Times

The start of Iowa’s 2011 legislative session is still more than two weeks away, but bill drafters are busy converting campaign promises into code language as legislators — old and new — and state agencies propose law changes for the 84th General Assembly to consider.   Read More

IA: Education chief to be out-of-stater

By Staci Hupp, The Des Moines Register

Iowa’s next education director will come from outside the state, a source familiar with Gov.-elect Terry Branstad’s choice said Tuesday.   Read More

ID: Idaho lawmakers prepare for busy session

By Ben Botkin, The Times-News (Twin Falls)

Idaho lawmakers face a daunting task in the 2011 Legislature: dealing with an estimated $340 million budget shortfall that will impact everyone from young students in classrooms to Medicaid participants.   Read More

IN: Invest clout in early-childhood ed

By Staff, The Indianapolis Star

As he prepares to enter his seventh year as governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels is at a point in his tenure when most elected leaders lose political influence over legislators.   Read More

ND: NDUS’ economic impact worth $3.7 billion a year

By Staff, The Forum (Fargo)

The North Dakota University System says its impact on the state’s economy is worth $3.7 billion a year.   Read More

ND: North Dakota lawmakers ready for pension shakeup

By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press, The Forum (Fargo)

North Dakota lawmakers are willing to consider excluding newly hired teachers and government workers from state pensions, and putting them instead into retirement savings plans that do not have guaranteed benefits, an Associated Press survey shows.   Read More

NJ: N.J. won’t yet require students to pass biology test to graduate high school

By The Associated Press, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

New Jersey education officials have decided not to require high school students to pass a biology test to graduate — at least not yet.   Read More

NM: Attorney general questions school textbook law

By The Associated Press, The Daily Times (Farmington)

SANTA FE, N.M.—Attorney General Gary King says there are potential constitutional problems with a New Mexico law that provides textbooks for private school students at taxpayer expense.   Read More

OH: Ohio Supreme Court rules in bus wreck survivors’ favor

By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch

In a victory for the families of victims of a 2007 bus crash involving the Bluffton University baseball team, the Ohio Supreme Court today ruled that the university’s insurance is liable to cover the costs of the accident.   Read More

SC: Incoming, outgoing school chiefs differ on bailout

By Jim Davenport, The Associated Press, The State (Columbia)

The administration of South Carolina’s incoming school superintendent says the state’s failure to land $143 million in federal bailout money may not harm classrooms, even though his predecessor forecasts it could lead to some difficult days ahead.   Read More

SC: New superintendent — SC schools don’t need federal bailout

By Jim Davenport, The Associated Press, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

The administration of South Carolina’s incoming school superintendent says the state’s failure to land $143 million in federal bailout money may not harm classrooms even though his predecessor forecasts it could lead to some difficult days ahead.   Read More

TX: Legislative fight looms on class-size limit in elementary schools

By Terrence Stutz, The Dallas Morning News

A quarter-century-old law that has held most elementary school classes in Texas to no more than 22 students is on the endangered list as the Legislature looks for solutions to the state’s massive budget deficit.   Read More

TX: Teach for America faces scrutiny from Texas lawmakers

By Ericka Mellon, The Houston Chronicle

Texas lawmakers have ordered a study of Teach for America to help determine if the Peace Corps-like program, which recruits top college graduates to work in needy schools, is worth the state’s $8 million investment.   Read More

UT: PETA sues University of Utah for animal research records

By Paul Koepp, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the University of Utah seeking information about the school’s animal research programs.   Read More

VA: Many errors spotted in Va. history texts

By Kevin Sieff, The Washington Post

In the version of history being taught in some Virginia classrooms, New Orleans began the 1800s as a bustling U.S. harbor (instead of as a Spanish colonial one). The Confederacy included 12 states (instead of 11). And the United States entered World War I in 1916 (instead of in 1917).   Read More

WV: Legislators need to know all situations

By Staff, Charleston Daily Mail

When the Daily Mail’s editorial board spoke with acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, he said he hoped to give teachers and state employees a raise next year.   Read More

WV: State school system audits find credit card misuse

By The Associated Press, Charleston Gazette

Credit card misuse shows up regularly in state audits of county school systems.   Read More


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