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March 5, 2012
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  • Teacher ratings are going public in Tenn.
    Tennessee plans to release teacher ratings to the public for the first time this year. The ratings, based in part on students' scores on standardized tests, will rank teachers on a scale of one to five. The move to release teachers' rankings, as well as their names, follows similar moves in Los Angeles and New York City. Critics, however, say the scores do not provide a full picture of teachers' effectiveness, and one state lawmaker is seeking to prevent value-added scores from being attached to teachers' names in the future. The Tennessean (Nashville) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Texas teachers take creative approach to history lessons
    Students in one seventh-grade class in Mansfield, Texas, created political cartoons and original songs as part of lessons about the state's history in honor of Texas Independence Day. The state's history is taught to students in fourth and seventh grades, with teachers working to balance lessons from the Texas Revolution with a broader perspective on the background and consequences of the historical events in the context of U.S. history. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Some Fla. schools replace letter-grading system
    Twenty elementary schools in a Florida district have replaced letter grades with "performance codes," which are intended to better indicate whether students are meeting state standards. Under the new system, letter grades are replaced by terms such as "exemplary" and "proficient." However, officials have received some push-back from parents who want the more familiar letter grades on tests and report cards. Officials have not decided whether to expand the new grading system to all schools. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School club promotes self-esteem, positive body image
    A group of female students at an Illinois high school are promoting the Love Your Body campaign -- a weeklong event intended to help promote a positive body image among students. About 300 students participated and many wore shirts to school with positive messages. Among the issues students said they struggle with are their weight and the depiction of women on television and in the media. MySuburbanLife.com (Chicago area) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How principal turnover affects schools
    At schools that experience principal turnover, students' academic performance is likely to suffer, according to a recent study by the RAND Corp. The report found that, of the 519 participants studied, 12% of new principals leave in their first year and 11% leave in their second year. Data also show school principals are more likely to stay at a school that meets Adequate Yearly Progress standards. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • TV teachers who promote the teaching profession
    The writer of this blog shares a list of some fictional television educators who have helped shape the country's view of the teaching profession. The teachers who made the list are Gabe Kotter of "Welcome Back, Kotter," Charlie Moore of "Head of the Class," George Feeny of "Boy Meets World," Carrie Bliss of "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," and Mr. Collins of "The Wonder Years." CNN/Schools of Thought blog (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Milken Award-winning teacher inspires students
    A high-school teacher in New York recently was awarded the $25,000 Milken Educator Award -- known as the "Oscar of Teaching." Rafal Olechowski, a 10-year educator, inspires students to read, in part by holding after-school poetry readings and publishing a student literary magazine. He also works to help students "connect" with literature through field trips to city museums and theaters. Daily News (New York) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Parent trigger law advances to Fla. Senate floor
    Lawmakers in Florida are considering legislation that would allow a majority of parents to determine the changes implemented to turn around a struggling school. Under the so-called "parent trigger" bill, which is heading to the Senate floor for a vote, parents could ask the school board to adopt a certain reform, such as converting a struggling school into a charter, if 51% of parents agree. If the school board and the parents disagree on the measure, the decision is made by the state's Board of Education. The House already has passed the bill. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. district bans homemade treats from schools
    A Virginia school district has banned homemade treats from classrooms following an incident in which a first-grade student died from an allergic reaction to peanuts at school. Under Greene County's new allergy management policy, only packaged foods that list ingredients will be allowed. The policy also requires schools to buy Epinephrine pens, which are used to treat allergic reactions. WVIR-TV (Charlottesville, Va.) (2/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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