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State policies largely unclear on testing opt-out policies, consequences

As states begin using new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, most recently in New Jersey and New Mexico, one question has become increasingly urgent: What do states' laws and policies say about parents opting their students out of these exams?  According to Texas law (Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 26.010), parents are not entitled to remove a child from class or other school activity to avoid a test. 

We Connect Now

We Connect Now is a website created in 2008 to connect and serve college students with disabilities. It has been linked to by colleges and universities and groups serving people with disabilities in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries and has been visited by people from 172 different countries. http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com (Also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Connect-Now-National/136925609714725.)

Maintain federal role in NCLB overhaul

Nearly 20 civil rights groups are urging members of Congress to maintain a robust role for the federal government in education when they reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and to ensure that low-income students, students with disabilities, and others aren't shortchanged when it comes to educational opportunities.  The slate of recommendations was signed by 19 civil rights groups, including The Education Trust, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Urban League.

To read more:  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/01/civil_rights_groups_urge_congr.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2

Full-Day Pre-K boosts readiness skills

Three and 4-year-olds who went through a seven hour a day preschool program demonstrated higher scores on tests of social-emotional skills, language, math, and physical development than young children who attended a program for three hours a day, according to a study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

To read more: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/early_years/2014/11/full-day_pre-k_boosts_readiness_skills_more_than_half-day_study_finds.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2

To read the AMA report: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1938567

Resources for addressing Ferguson in the classroom

This past August, Marcia Chatelain, a history professor at Georgetown University, started the still-active #FergusonSyllabus hashtag on Twitter to encourage teachers and community members to share resources for talking about Ferguson in schools. Chatelain also has grade-specific suggestions for what subjects might be appropriate for students and a list of useful pieces in the Atlantic.

To read more: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2014/11/resources_for_addressing_ferguson_in_the_classroom.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2.

To access the NEA's curricular resources on teaching about racial profiling: http://www.nea.org/home/52285.htm.

Section 504 guide

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a major physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.  The U. S. Department offers a Disability Rights Reinforcement Guide, a compilation of guidance and data on key issues such as free appropriate public education, discipline, post-secondary, and technology. 

Learn more about Section 504:  http://nichcy.org/laws/section504#info

Download the guide:  http://www2.ed.gov/documents/news/section-504.pdf

Bully Free: It Starts with Me

"Bully Free: It Starts with Me" is a groundbreaking NEA initiative to identify caring adults in schools and communities who will pledge to help bullied students. The adults will agree to listen carefully to the student and take action to stop the bullying. NEA will provide adults the resources they need to provide solace and support, ask the right questions and take the appropriate actions.

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Apply for an NEA Foundation grant

The NEA Foundation has a video that provides a guided tour and detailed instruction of the online application for its popular Learning & Leadership Grants and Student Achievement Grants. The deadlines for these grants -- which provide $2,000 for implementing proposals from individuals for Learning & Leadership Grants and $5,000 for team proposals for both -- are Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15. For more information, to apply online, or to watch the video, visit the NEA Foundation Grant website.

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NEA Academy

The NEA Academy website is devoted to supporting the professional development of teachers and education support professionals. The site features web-based lessons, classroom tips, and professional development courses, including the popular classroom management course "I Can Do It" as well as the NEA Teacher Toolkit and career information.

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Are you a first-year teacher?

Get a great start on your new career with our links and resources for first year teachers!

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Teachers in Transition

The Texas Workforce Commission and a statewide network of Workforce Solutions offices will assist all teachers in their efforts to find work. This site offers information to help you better navigate the workforce system including filing for unemployment insurance, registering to look for work, finding a new job and knowing where to go to get additional help if needed.

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