Education News, 2011

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Top Ten Education Stories from 2011, from the Heritage Foundation

December 30, 2011 - Obama Education Department Pressures Georgia on Use of Federal Education Dollars

December 21, 2011 - Governor McDonnell's Virginia Budget Proposal Includes $438 Million in New K-12 Funding

December 20, 2011 - Indiana Voucher Program Faces Challenge in Court

December 8, 2011 - Education Panel in Richmond Discusses Virginia K-12 Education Funding

December 1, 2011 - Virginia's Government Reform Commission Recommends Eliminating the Virginia Child Day Care Council

November 22, 2011 - California Will Not Seek Waiver from NCLB; Too Many Strings Attached by Feds

November 19, 2011 - Khan Academy Has Plans to Expand

November 17, 2011 - California Law Adds New Grade - "Transitional Kindergarten"

November 15, 2011 - Study: Private Schools Do Better Than Government Schools at Making College and Career Readiness a High Priority

November 14, 2011 - Online Government Education Grows Despite Uncertainty

November 9, 2011 - Ohio Citizens Vote in Favor of Collective Bargaining for Teachers

November 8, 2011 - Study Shows That Banning Soda in Schools Accomplishes Nothing; "Experts" Advocate for Further Encroachment on Liberty

November 5, 2011 - Wisconsin Passes School Choice Legislation

November 4, 2011 - New Senate ESEA Bill - Threat of Education Takeover by the Federal Government

November 2, 2011 - Colorado Voters Say No to Increased Taxes for Government Education

November 1, 2011 - Florida Government School District - Final Exams Are Optional

October 29, 2011 - Governor McDonnell: Virginia Will Not Apply for Federal Pre-K Funding

October 20, 2011 - Senate Committee Puts Brakes on 860-page ESEA Bill

October 19, 2011 - Senate Considers $30 Billion Bailout of Government Schools

October 10, 2011 - Senate ESEA Bill Similar to NCLB Waivers

October 8, 2011 - Public Schools in Florida District Take Attendance with Finger Scanning Devices

October 3, 2011 - Colorado State Officials: Online Schools Are Failing Academically

September 26, 2011 - U. S. Education Department Bypassing Legislative Process, Grabbing Far-Reaching-Power Over Education System

September 23, 2011 - Texas Government School Violates Student's First Amendment Rights over Statement That Homosexuality Is Wrong

September 23, 2011 - Florida Private School Introduces First iPad High School

September 15, 2011 - SAT Scores Are Declining.

August 18, 2011 - Some Educators Are Pushing for Longer School Days.

August 17, 2011 - One High School Senior in Four Is Ready for College.

August 15, 2011 - Feds May Be Losing Power Over America's Education System

August 10, 2011 - Virginia Among States That May Seek NCLB Waivers from Feds

August 4, 2011 - Massachusetts School - Each Student Gets an iPad

August 3, 2011 - Facebook Friending Between Teachers and Students Is Illegal in Missouri

July 30, 2011 - Education Groups Ask Congress to Continue to Subsidize Government Education in the Midst of Debt Ceiling Debate

July 27, 2011 - Has Bill Gates's $5 Billion Education Investment Paid Off?

July 22, 2011 - New Federal Requirements for Cribs in Day Care Facilities

July 22, 2011 - Common Core Support Materials - Do They Tell Teachers How to Do Their Jobs?

July 22, 2011 - Legal Labyrinth - When Can Student Cell Phones Be Seized or Searched?

July 22, 2011 - Funding Problems May Delay Opening of Memphis Schools

July 21, 2011 - Study - Quality of Teacher Training in U. S. Is Inadequate

July 20, 2011 - 36 Governors Express Intent to Cooperate with Expansion of Federal Influence over Pre-K

July 18, 2011 - $1 Billion Annually - Amount Helping Private School Students through Vouchers and Tax Credits in 15 States

July 8, 2011 - Proposed Improvement to the Education System - "Flipped" Classrooms

July 7, 2011 - Will Technology Eventually Replace Teachers?

July 6, 2011 - NEA Endorses Obama for Re-election

July 1, 2011 - Federal Bailout Funds for Big Education Are Used Up; Government Schools Face Serious Funding Shortage for 2011-2012

June 29, 2011 - Georgia Legislators Award Higher Pay to Math and Science Teachers

June 27, 2011 - Swedish Preschool Seeks to Combat "Gender Bias"

June 22, 2011 - Secretary Duncan Proposes NCLB Waivers, Reminiscent of the Infamous Obamacare Waivers

June 17, 2011 - Quality Teaching Is Lacking in Los Angeles Government Schools

June 16, 2011 - Most U. S. Students Are Not Proficient in History

June 15, 2011 - Cursive Writing Skills Are Still Important, Educators Say

June 14, 2011 - Pennsylvania Court Limits Power of Schools to Punish Students for Off-Campus Hate Speech

June 9, 2011 - Giles County, Virginia, Approves Display of Ten Commandments in Government Schools

June 7, 2011 - The Move Is On to Align 3-year-old Preschool Standards

May 23, 2011 - Government School Teachers Oppose Reforms Driven by Standardized Test Scores, Organize July March in DC

May 16, 2011 - Bill Would Eliminate 43 Education Programs from Federal Budget

May 14, 2011 - Supreme Court Hears Case about Girl Interrogated at School Without Parental Knowledge or Consent

May 10, 2011 - Group Publishes Manifesto Opposing Federal Government's Efforts to Establish National Education Standards

May 9, 2011 - L. A. Teachers Union Files Complaint; Claims Use of Standardized Test Data to Evaluate Teachers Is Unfair; Accuses District of Trying to Negotiate Deals with Individual Employees

May 2, 2011 - Debate Continues About Allowing Students to Bring Mobile Devices into the Classroom

April 23, 2011 - In the Midst of the Budget Fight, Republicans Restore School Choice to DC

April 22, 2011 - Tennessee Senate Moves Bill to End Government Teachers' Ability to Engage in Collective Bargaining Against the Taxpayers

April 20, 2011 - Denver Government Schools Try Reading Groups As a "New Way" to Teach Reading

April 19, 2011 - CA Bill Requiring Gay History Ed May Impact Christian Schools

April 18, 2011 - California Legislature Considers Bill to Require Teaching of Gay History in Government Schools

April 7, 2011 - After Supreme Court Decision, Arizona Lawmakers Seek to Expand Tuition Tax Credits

April 6, 2011 - House Republicans Propose Cuts to Federal Subsidies of Public Education

April 4, 2011 - Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Arizona School Choice Law      The Supreme Court's Opinion

March 30, 2011 - Some Government School Educators Think Cursive Writing Is Becoming Obsolete

March 30, 2011 - President Obama Speaks Out Against Standardized Testing

March 28, 2011 - A Healthy Dose of Skepticism about the Benefits of Common Core Standards

March 26, 2011 - Governor McDonnell Vetoes Physical Activity Bill

February 16, 2011 - Senate Finance Committee Rejects School Choice Bill

February 14, 2011 - Benefits of Federal Bailout of Big Education Are Uncertain

February 11, 2011 - President Obama Proposed Ed Tech Agency in USED

February 11, 2011 - Public School Evolution Teachers Are Frustrated

February 7, 2011 - Mississippi Public School Offers Individualized Instruction

February 4, 2011 - NMP Report: The Well-Educated Are Less Likely to Divorce

February 3, 2011 - Memorization May Be More Valuable in Education Than Many Think

January 28, 2011 - Ohio Woman Serves Jail Time for Choosing to Send Her Children to a Private School

January 26, 2011 - Large School Choice Rally Held in Pennsylvania

January 20, 2011 - Florida Textbooks to Be All Digital by 2014-2015

January 16, 2011 - Fascinating Online Tool for Teaching Trigonometry

January 15, 2011 - Tips for Preventing Students from Using Technology to Cheat

January 12, 2011 - Students Who Receive Vouchers Are More Likely to Graduate

January 11, 2011 - Bipartisan Effort in Pennsylvania to Enact School Voucher Law

January 10, 2011 - Teachers in Fairfax County, Virginia, Blame Heavier Workload on New Technology

January 6, 2011 - "Open Source" Digital Textbooks May Change How Educational Information Is Delivered to Students FlexBooks Web Site

January 4, 2011 - ACLU Defends Student Who Criticized Teacher on Facebook

December 28, 2010 - Teachers Use Technology to Catch Students Who Cheat by Using Technology

December 27, 2010 - Does music training improve students' academic success?

December 23, 2010 - Congressional Continuing Resolution Temporarily Freezes Federal K-12 Spending

December 22, 2010 - Algebra Becoming More Common in Elementary Classes

December 14, 2010 - Failing Public Schools Continue to Fail Despite Improvement Plans

December 13, 2010 - Standardized Testing Works for Measuring Critical Thinking Skills and Teacher Performance

December 9, 2010 - School Libraries Will Change as Digital Technology Advances

December 8, 2010 - Colorado County Closer to Instituting Voucher Program

December 8, 2010 - Hand Held Tech Now Welcome in Classrooms as Attitude of Educators Is Changing

December 7, 2010 - Can the federal government legislate that students be "hunger free"?

December 6, 2010 - Could Congress close down the U. S. Education Department?

December 2, 2010 - Free and Low-cost Online Tools for Teachers and Administrators