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GM, Ford give back through charities for education

Fri, 03/04/2011
The Detroit News

Christina Rogers / The Detroit News

The General Motors Foundation is ramping up charitable spending again, restoring millions of dollars in aid cutback in 2009 as automakers fought to survive bankruptcy.

But the foundation, GM's charitable arm, has a new focus: education.

While the foundation historically has been a stalwart supporter of the arts and community causes, and will continue to underwrite those pursuits, it increasingly is throwing its philanthropic weight behind Detroit's ailing public schools and other educational institutions.

Overhaul of U.S. education law sought

Thu, 03/03/2011
Charlotte Observer
By Barbara Barrett

Saying the current rules are failing kids, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a group of Democratic senators led by U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan plan to introduce a set of education reforms that would move away from rigid testing and toward flexibility for local school districts.

Congress is four years overdue for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as ESEA, which offers a slate of regulations and funding for K-12 education. [To learn more about ESEA, click on http://www.k12.wa.us/esea.]

Part of the push is to revamp No Child Left Behind, the landmark Bush-era legislation that focused on closing the achievement gap for minority children. No Child Left Behind has been lambasted by parents and educators as too narrowly focused on testing.

"No Child Left Behind has created a system that punishes failure over rewarding success," said Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat who, along with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, helped lead the months-long effort to develop the principles. "Rather than tightening our grip, we will set clear and ambitious goals and support local efforts to achieve them," Bennet said.

The news was welcomed in Raleigh by June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction. Attending a state school board meeting, she said districts want accountability that fosters innovation and rewards schools meeting some goals successfully.

"It should not be an all or nothing, as we have now - you either meet all the standards or you don't," Atkinson said.

Atkinson said North Carolina education officials would urge Congress to move quickly to make the changes.

"We have to be able to rid ourselves of some traditions that are no longer of value to improving student achievement," Atkinson said.


Help your child to succeed in school by spending time together

Wed, 03/02/2011
The Daniel Island News

By Kate Maas

Merrill Fei, a Daniel Island mom of two, whose first grade daughter is already a strong reader, is convinced that practicing rhyming games at home, as well as at school, has played a strong role in both her daughters' reading-readiness skills. Shown above are Mei, her husband, and daughters.

What's the secret to helping your child become a strong reader, one who's excited about learning and feels successful in school? You don't have to buy expensive "how to" videos, special flashcards, or even hire an expensive tutor. Simply grab a favorite picture book, find a comfortable spot on the couch with your child, and enjoy your special time together.

Parents learn how to boost their children’s education

Mon, 02/28/2011
Chicago Sun-Times

Parenting is like a car ride. Parents need to be the driver in the young years as they raise their children.
They need to stay involved and educated as they make the decisions that will impact their children's lives. Then, at some point, a transformation needs to be made. The keys are handed over, and the children take the driver's seat.
That transformation may not always happen smoothly.

Young people speak out on improving American education

Mon, 02/28/2011
The Kansas City Star


National educators were eager to hear useful tips Saturday from the mouths of students they're charged with teaching in public classrooms across the country.

Hundreds of middle-school and high-school student leaders, including a small group in Kansas City, Kan., shared ideas on what the country can do to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

No conclusions were reached, but it's a discussion that's been taking place since President Barack Obama last year set a goal to—by 2020—raise to 60 percent the proportion of students completing college. [See Storyboard 42—Ktops and their carryover to the classroom, where heightened interest in learning during the secondary years and before may translate into realizing the President's post-secondary goal.]

NYC kids trailing in science

Sat, 02/26/2011
New Your Post

By Yoav Gonen

Less than one in five city fourth- and eighth-graders met the national standards in science in 2009, according to new results that contrast sharply with students' performance on state-issued exams.

The highly regarded National Assessment of Educational Progress showed just 18 percent of city fourth-graders scoring proficiently in science two years ago, a colossal difference from the 80 percent who passed the state science exams that same year. [The good fortune of having NAEP as a reliable standard is addressed within the body of the GMnavy.go business plan—this website. Per Storyboard 30, NAEP was mandated by Congress in 1969.]


Wed, 02/23/2011
The Whitehouse President Barack Obama



The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity.
· The Act includes $5 billion for early learning programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, and programs for children with special needs.
· The Act also provides $77 billion for reforms to strengthen elementary and secondary education, including $48.6 billion to stabilize state education budgets (of which $8.8 billion may be used for other government services) and to encourage states to:

Wal-Mart Tries to Recapture Mr. Sam's Winning Formula

Tue, 02/22/2011
The Wall Street Journal

When it reports earnings on Tuesday, the retailer is widely expected to post its second straight year of declining domestic same-store sales.

By Miguel Bustillo

Wal-Mart's struggles are the result of a misstep: To jump-start lethargic growth and counter the rise of competitors such as cheap-chic rival Target Corp., executives veered away from the winning formula of late founder Sam Walton to provide "every day low prices" to the American working class. Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer by sales, instead raised prices on some items while promoting deals on others.

Company executives acknowledge having miscalculated and are adjusting their strategy again. The big question is how quickly the mammoth chain can turn itself around.

Plenary speech by HHMI professor highlights efforts of scientist-educators

Mon, 02/21/2011
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact Andrea Widener / Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Plenary speech by HHMI professor highlights efforts of scientist-educators Massachusetts Institute of Technology biologist Graham Walker leads a research group focused on science education. He aims to recreate the creativity and excitement of his research lab: doctoral and graduate students working with Walker and their MIT colleagues to identify new research questions in science education and brainstorm ways to solve them.

Walker will talk about his experiences running a science education research group and developing resources for MIT and the larger education community in a plenary talk, "Inspiration and Engagement in Education," on Monday, February 21, 2011, at the annual meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS).