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California parents who do not vaccinate their children would have to home-school them under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate, the latest move in a battle between public health officials and “anti-vaxxers” who fear vaccines are dangerous.

via California Senate votes to end beliefs waiver for school vaccinations | Reuters.

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I know so many parents who agonized over this decision for their summer born children, especially if the child was a boy. This from the Journal of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

Delaying the start of school for a year for children with summer birthdays or those born prematurely may lead to worse academic performance later, new British research suggests."Our study shows that delaying school entry has no effect on Year 1 teacher ratings of academic performance. But it is associated with poorer performance in age-standardized tests of reading, writing, mathematics and attention as the children get older," the study’s corresponding author, Professor Dieter Wolke, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick, said in a university news release.Due to the study’s design, the researchers can’t say that delaying the start of school was what caused poorer performance later, only that there was a link between these factors.The study was published recently in the Journal of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

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Vocabulary instruction in the early years is not challenging enough to prepare students for long-term reading comprehension, argues a study led by a Michigan State University education researcher.

kindergartenThe study, which appears in Elementary School Journal, analyzed commonly used reading curricula in U.S. kindergarten classrooms. It found that, generally, the programs do not teach enough vocabulary words; the words aren’t challenging enough; and not enough focus is given to make sure students understand the meaning of the words.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130124134046.htm

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The University of North Carolina’s administration may have pressured Melinda Manning, the former assistant dean of students, to underreport cases of sexual assault on UNC’s campus in 2011. Manning, three current students, and one former student filed a compliant this week alleging the university has violated federal law by mishandling sexual assault incidents — and ultimately “facilitating a hostile environment” for students attempting to report sexual crimes.

Manning resigned from UNC last month over the administration’s poor treatment of rape survivors. She told the Huffington Post it was “absolutely heartbreaking” to watch victims of sexual assault being asked inappropriate questions about their experiences, and sometimes even being blamed for their own rape, as they attempted to seek help from the university’s judicial system.

via http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/18/1468911/unc-sexual-assualt-complaint/

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July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.

The program to reward high-performing teachers with salary stipends is part of a long-term effort by President Barack Obama to encourage education in high-demand areas that hold the key to future economic growth — and to close the achievement gap between American students and their international peers.

Teachers selected for the Master Teacher Corps will be paid an additional $20,000 a year and must commit to participate multiple years. The goal is to create a multiplier effect in which expert educators share their knowledge and skills with other teachers, improving the quality of education for all students.

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