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No Principal Left Behind "The failure of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation and the inability of schools to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements have prompted an avalanche of public commentary, but a significant population has escaped attention: principals have been ignored. Principals have not been adequately screened, prepared, coached or supported to lead schools which can continually achieve higher levels of student academic performance, the essential requirement for AYP."
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Pushing the Envelope on Teacher Pay "President Obama is bringing change to Washington, D.C. Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, support the idea of merit pay for teachers and have cited Denver's ProComp (Professional Compensation Plan) as a good example of working with the teachers unions, not imposing plans upon them. So, what lies ahead for innovative teacher compensation plans?"
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Reinventing Public Education? Surprise! It’s Happening Already Let's start with a quiz. True or False: 1. Big city school systems are incapable of change. 2. The only way to move them is to vest power in a mayor or outsider superintendent.
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Transforming Schools with Technology "I wrote 'Transforming Schools with Technology' because I felt there were too many skeptics and too many zealots writing about technology in schools. It was time for a new book that would be realistic and optimistic without being utopian."
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Adolescence, Achievement, and Change in the Age of Obama "In his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Barack Obama decried 'the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white.'"
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The Need for Socioeconomic Balance in PreK Classrooms "Barack Obama spoke of his support for investing in early childhood education during the last presidential debate, at a campaign moment when he was being very cautious: a clear sign that public opinion about early childhood education's value is solidified."
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“Dispelling the Myth” Schools Every year The Education Trust gives awards to schools that are succeeding in what it calls "Dispelling the Myth," the myth in question being that schools cannot be expected to help most children who are poor, African American, or Latino meet meaningful academic standards.
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“A Huge Opportunity” for Middle-Income Children: An Interview with Libby Doggett Libby Doggett, a long-time leader in early childhood education, wants public funding for quality prekindergarten for every three- and four-year-old in America.
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“Focus on Expanding PreK in Poor Communities”: An Interview with Bruce Fuller Since the early days of Head Start, the debate has raged over public support for early childhood education, with the federal government deciding more than four decades ago to back programs that support the children of low-income families.
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When Worlds Collide: Universal preK brings new challenges for public elementary schools In 2005, when Boston mayor Thomas Menino announced his plan to make prekindergarten available to all four-year-olds in the city, parents and early childhood advocates applauded this initiative to add a 14th year to the city’s public school system.
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