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Twenty-six more states, plus   the District of Columbia, are applying for waivers under the No Child Left   Behind Act.
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2012/02/states_apply_for_waivers_in_se.html  <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1109430693737&s=95761&e=001rEmsuTFDKM4pEyX1SrdI8DqBnmWv-AheCitFf_5SZZgc9OEBuuCnoOR3cClB76NLlNpU22GMMt1Mu1jb1wiFAnKl7FdceW5K1mH0w7IluS0m7EwOfZQxvdlYAs0sLe5DUowM-pY6N66qvvUbljEMkzA8lmDgKF5DNCcmktygQaWeN_jXiub3CU_rJkpk1D8SAdz6QYkjjqFforfNPHgHHQ==>
Twenty-six more states, plus the District of Columbia, are applying for waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act.  <http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2012/02/states_apply_for_waivers_in_se.html>
Strict new federal rules meant to improve thequality of Head Start preschool services  <http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/02/22/21headstart.h31.html>could drive good providers out of business, as scores of Head Start programs  face losing the federal funding they have received for decades.
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Value Schmalue*  Play Buzz Word Bingo  <http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/buzzbing.html>
**Education is a Business  <http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/k12-Dept-of-Edu-is-a-business.html>
The use of”value-added”  <http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/02/17/21louisiana_ep.h31.html>  information may expand into the nation’s teacher colleges, with more than a dozen states planning to use the technique to analyze how  graduates of training programs fare in classrooms.
CAEP President James G. Cibulka.
An external panel that includes several prominent critics of teacher  education has been tapped to craft the performance standards for the  Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. “There will be a  lot of focus on new sources of data: longitudinal databases, teacher  evaluation, the teacher-effectiveness measures thanks toBill&  Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching Project, teacher-performance assessments.  <http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/k12.html>
Easing charter restrictions howstupid are the State senators from Mississippi  <http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20120223/NEWS01/202230321/Senate-OKs-charter-schools-bill>  have passed a bill that would allow students from anywhere in the state to attend a charter school.
Student churn, tax $ waste.An analysis shows that students’ test scores drop after they enroll in online schools.  <http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/K12.html>  Department of Education fails to monitor online schools, the lax oversight has continued.
The  Missouri Senate education committee  <http://midwestdemocracy.com/articles/missouri-senate-committee-approves-quicker-state-intervention-kc-schools/>  has approved a bill that allows immediate state intervention in failing districts rather than waiting two years; this could result in the Kansas City school board being dissolved and replaced by a new governing structure.
Free Lunch Fraud Citing concerns about the federal free and reduced-price lunch program’s susceptibility to fraud and error  <http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/acting_education_commissioner_2.html>, acting New Jersey Education Commissioner Chris Cerf is convening a task force to study alternate ways to measure the state’s at-risk  student population.
Students with disabilities and ELLs  <http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/27/2665045/amid-outcry-state-board-of-education.html>to be included The Florida Board of Education has approved plans to revamp the state’s school grading formula.
Minnesota bill to end the”last hired, first fired”  <http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/140663173.html>  tenure system in Minnesota has passed the state senate
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Resources
1.  Converge Magazine: Technology in Education
http://www.convergemag.com/
2.  BioEd Online: Lessons: Microorganisms [pdf]
http://www.bioedonline.org/lessons/microorganisms.cfm
3.  Cytogenetics Gallery
http://www.pathology.washington.edu/galleries/Cytogallery/
4.  NanoTeachers: Bringing Nanoscience into the Classroom
http://teachers.stanford.edu/
5.  SACNAS Biography Project
http://bio.sacnas.org/biography/
6.  National Science Foundation: Multimedia Gallery
http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/
7.  Center on Education and The Workforce – STEM
http://cew.georgetown.edu/stem/
8.  Academy of Motion Picture Arts&  Sciences: Research&  Preservation
http://www.oscars.org/research-preservation/
9. Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
http://mesda.org/
10. Frontline: The Interrupters
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/interrupters/
13. The Nixon Administration and the Indian Nuclear Program, 1972-1974 [pdf]
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb367/
14. WIFI HOTSPOT FINDER
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