Greetings, Wowie it's May 1st tomorrow . . . 1) MayDay, Maypole Dance So everyone is ready for the dance celebration right?' History and the Irish Bile Pole Connection. As the Irishtree of life, the Bile Pole represents the connection between the three worlds.
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Arts/Traditional_Arts.html 2) Debt-Free in N.C. http://www.newamerica.net/blogs/2007/04/roundup_week_of_april_23_april_27 North Carolina Governor Mike Easley proposed a plan this week that would allow low-income students in North Carolina to graduate from college debt-free. The plan, called Educational Access Rewards North Carolina Scholars Program, would require students to remain in high school for an additional year and enter college with two years worth of credit. Students would then attend a public college or university for two years, receiving annual grants of $4,000 to replace any need for Stafford loans. 3) 2006 Metlife survey of the American teachers' expectations http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/newteacher.html The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, conducted by Harris Interactive each year since 1984, explores teachers' opinions and brings them to the attention of the American public and policymakers. The 2006 survey examines what teachers, principals and deans of schools of education each consider most critical to prepare teachers to meet classroom demands, as well as the expectations and experiences of prospective and former teachers. 4) 2008 Presidential Race http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/25/education/25schools.html Eli Broad and Bill Gates, launch $60 million foray into politics in an effort to vault education high onto the agenda of the 2008 presidential race, reports David Herszenhorn in the New York Times. Experts on campaign spending said the project would rank as one of the most expensive single-issue initiatives ever in a presidential race. It will ocus on three main areas: a call for stronger, more consistent curriculum standards nationwide; lengthening the school day and year; and improving teacher quality through merit pay and other measures. 5) Student loan probe pushes Congress to act http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18172661/ Lawmakers say Cuomo-endorsed rules should be applied nationwide Colleges Agree to Clean Up Student Lending Practices http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18248843/ Lawmaker pushes for investigation of student loan practices Legislation that would have barred loan companies from making gifts to state colleges and universities that select them as preferred lenders. If state institutions broke the law, their funding would have been reduced. Schools Agree to Reimburse $3.2 Million, Citibank Funds Education Effort http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/04/ny_student_finance.html Major universities in the Northeast have pledged to clean up their student-loan operations and reimburse to students the kickbacks the colleges received from lenders. Multi-State Agreements Reached in Student Loan Investigation http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/04/ny_mo_il_student_loans.html Illinois, Missouri Schools Agree to Code of Conduct The first multi-state settlements have been reached in New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo's nationwide student loan investigation. 6) High School Musicals can cost $60,000.oo now. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003675524_musical21.html High School Musicals cost less than $10,000. But a growing number of Seattle-area schools are staging shows that cost much more ($60,000). As the budgets rise, so do production values. "Productions now rival professional shows". ********************************************************************* PLEASE ADD YOUR K12 SCHOOL OR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO THE MASTER DIRECTORY OF SCHOOLS ONLINE http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/schools/ The registry is organized by state and by grade level. The registry also includes sites for charter Schools, virtual schools, school districts, state and regional education organizations, state departments of education, state standards and state administrators. ********************************************************************* 7) Give School Buses the Net http://www.eschoolnews.org/news/showStoryts.cfm?ArticleID=7026 Education advocates, want to turn those long hours to the students' advantage by using technology to give them science and math instruction while they ride. 8) School Vouchers and suburban attitude http://www.ncspe.org/list-papers.php The authors describe policy, political, and legal barriers that limit the expansion of voucher programs. Specifically, vouchers have the potential to erase municipal boundaries, dissolve neighborhood ties, lower housing prices, and upset student enrollments. 9) Most Nations fall short of U.S. Standards but so does the most of the U.S. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/04/24/33air_web.html Outside of a handful of Asian nations, the typical eighth grader in many foreign countries would not meet "proficient" levels on U.S. tests of mathematics and science, according to a re-analysis of international achievement data by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Then again, the study also shows, neither do most American students. Math http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/math.html Who is Teaching Science http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/newteacherevolution.html Why are people not being attracted to Teaching or Science, Math and Technology http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/bbracey9.html Literacy Levels of American Adults http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/literacy/americanadults.asp Those Who Can't Teach Teachers Flunk http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/flunk.html UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS PERFORMING WELL, STUDY FINDS http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/tmatters.html Stupid Tests http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/testingassessment.html Getting students ready for the following two weeks, when students in third through eighth grade and 10th and 11th grade will be tested in as many as five subjects -- from reading and writing to math and social studies. At stake is their school's academic reputation, as well as more serious repercussions, such as allowing students to transfer to better-performing schools. The tests, each 50 to 70 minutes long, also will be used to judge schools' performance on reading and math standards that are mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools that don't meet those standards several years in a row can be taken over by the district or state and reorganized. 10) GRANT AND FUNDING "Richard Riley Award Honoring Excellence in Schools as Centers of Community" http://www.richardrileyaward.org/en/Index.asp KnowledgeWorks Foundation and The American Architectural Foundation, seek submissions for the Richard Riley Award. This award recognizes design and educational excellence in "schools as centers of community" -- schools that serve as centers of community provide an array of social, civic, recreational and artistic opportunities to the broader community and to students, often clustering educational and municipal buildings together. Maximum Award: $10,000. Eligibility: all existing elementary and secondary public schools. Applications are being accepted now. Deadline: July 9, 2007. "NetAid Global Citizen Corps" The NetAid Global Citizen Corps is a national network of high school students working to educate and mobilize their peers in efforts to end global poverty and address global challenges like HIV/AIDS, hunger, and access to education. Places are still available for the 2007-2008 corps. Maximum Award: n/a. Eligibility: students attending high school in the 2007-2008 school year. Deadline: May 15, 2007. http://www.netaid.org/global_citizen_corps/ "Funding for Youth to Create New, Sustainable, Civic-Minded Organizations" http://www.genv.net/en-us/region/ysa YSA Youth Venture helps make every day National and Global Youth Service Day by providing funding and support to young people who want to create new, sustainable, civic-minded organizations, clubs or businesses called Ventures. Ventures must be youth-led and designed to be a lasting asset to the community. Maximum Award: $1,000. 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