Archive for September 2014

    • Yoga benefits the whole student

      (Calif.) What many children’s yoga instructors call the “frog pose” tones young legs, increases hamstring flexibility and improves heart health. It’s also just one of a number of poses a student may learn during yoga sessions springing up in classrooms across the country.

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    • Brown wraps up ed bills, leaves some heads shaking

      (Calif.) Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made kindergarten mandatory while at the same time signing one intended to show the overwhelming boost that optional year gives kids headed to first grade.

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    • Nation’s highest stakes testing set for this spring

      (Fla.) Under state law, students in each grade will take for the first time cumulative end-of-year tests in every subject this spring, including electives. And their scores will factor into their teachers’ pay.

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    • Adding a civics lesson to Nov. 4 election events

      (Calif.) With a general election on the horizon, top voter and education officials are urging public school administrators to use the event as a teachable civics moment for their students – a subject lawmakers both here and across the country want to see brought back to life in K-12 curriculum.

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    • School leadership shaky at the top in Utah

      (Utah) Leadership of Utah’s 600,000 public school students is very much up in the air following a federal judge’s ruling that the selection process for new members of the state board is unconstitutional.

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    • New tool for evaluating school climate

      (Calif.) A biennial state survey of junior high students and teachers can serve as a valid indicator of middle school climate, according to new federal analysis released this week.

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    • Senate delay of UN disability treaty is inexcusable

      In a country formerly on the vanguard for equality and optimal access for people with disabilities, our failure to ratify the treaty supporting their rights is an affront to one billion around the globe.

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    • Lawmaker wants Pa.  teachers to be armed

      (Pa.) A Pennsylvania lawmaker is pushing for his state to become the eighth in the nation allowing public school teachers to carry guns to work.

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    • Brown shoots down charter boundary restriction

      (Calif.) An attempt by the Legislature to limit a charter school’s ability to locate outside the borders of its authorizing school district has been struck down by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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    • Villain of autism-vaccine saga loses long-shot libel bid

      (Texas) The British medical researcher known for a tainted research paper linking autism with public health vaccines may have come to the end of a long legal effort aimed at clearing his name.

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