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President Obama Gives High School Commencement Address
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 17, 2011, 10:53 am   

President Obama stopped in Memphis, Tennessee yesterday to deliver Booker T. Washington High School's key note graduation address as part of the Department of Education's Commencement Challenge for 2011. Washington High secured the historic address from the President by illustrating how it overcame a history of disciplinary problems and high dropout rates by implementing reforms and turning the school into a sanctuary for troubled kids in inner city Memphis.
Stranger than Fiction: School Lunch Technology Counts Student Calorie Intakes
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 13, 2011, 09:31 am   

In light of the new focus on childhood obesity led by First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move" campaign, a new technology out of Texas that is designed to monitor a child's calorie intake while sitting in the lunch room has sparked a national debate.
LIFO in Today’s Education Climate
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 12, 2011, 11:02 am   

With another school year winding down, we are again hearing stories about young, often first- or second-year teachers and their being laid off due to budget cuts. The fact that states across the country are facing historic budget shortfalls shouldn't be news to anyone. Clearly this sobering reality will have an impact on education budgets, but what if the union-backed policy of "last in, first out" punishes good teachers and impacts parents seeking a quality teacher for their child? Sadly, LIFO has become just that: forcing new teachers out without any regard to their performance.
State Policy Update May 10, 2011
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 10, 2011, 11:23 am   

As the 2011 legislative session draws closer to its end, tough-talking governors and state legislatures across the country are proceeding with legislation that seeks to implement sweeping education and labor reforms. While each state is experiencing reform on different levels, it is impossible to ignore the ground-breaking changes that will undoubtedly change the face of education in this country in the coming years.
2011 Teacher of the Year
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 05, 2011, 10:13 am   

National Teacher Appreciation Week also coincides with the announcement of the National Teacher of the Year as well as the State Teachers of the Year and the iconic ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. On Tuesday, President Obama honored Ms. Michelle Shearer of Maryland as the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. Joining Ms. Shearer were fifty other teachers who were each receiving top honors from their respective states.

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