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Teacher Flexibility
The passion of the teacher
Ontario Inland Valley Bulletin
Some say commitment is more important than degrees


State and federal standards decide who can be a teacher.

Yet only a desire to educate and help students can make a good one.

That's the way 17-year-old Diana Harper sees it.

"They should have a passion for what they do," said the junior at Grove High School, a charter school in Redlands. "It's good that they have a degree, bu...
No Child law 'bridge' is planned
The Piladelphia Inquirer
Some Penna. teachers would have an alternative to certification tests. Critics say it lacks rigor.

By Dale Mezzacappa
Inquirer Staff Writer

HARRISBURG - A state Board of Education committee yesterday passed rules that will allow some experienced teachers to become "highly qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind law without passing a content test in their subject, as is now required.

The full board is expected to give it...
Small schools struggle with No Child Left Behind
Hollister Free Lance
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
By Christine Tognetti/Staff Writer

Hollister - Tres Pi'os School Principal Lou Medeiros was pleased when he received the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report for his school this year, but he wasn’t ready to gamble on how students would score next year.

“You can teach to the standards as much as possible, but if you have a low performing group, they may not score well,” he said. “Out of nine second-graders last year, three scored...
Teacher requirement is subject of complaint
Akron Beacon Journal
`Highly qualified' rule rankles some districts

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer

Superintendent Ronald Niemiec is confident Windham students are getting a good education -- no matter what the state says.

His small, rural Portage County district has the lowest percentage of teachers locally who meet the definition of ``highly qualified,'' according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Education.
New teachers get ready for school
Potomac News
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Sunday, September 5, 2004

Colleen Crowder's classroom is abuzz with anticipation of 21 new relationships that the teacher will make Tuesday, the first day of school.

The Pattie Elementary School teacher's walls are covered by posters that emphasize positive character traits, such as compassion, respect, responsibility and cooperation. The requisite elementary classroom alphabet chart is posted above ...
District 196 sets goals, approves bargaining agreements
South St. Paul Sun Current
By Erica Christoffer
Sun Newspapers
(Created 9/2/2004 8:43:52 AM)

Students have a goal to earn good grades. Teachers have a goal to be good educators. And the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Board of Education has a goal to facilitate those endeavors.

As another school year begins next week, on Aug. 23 the school board examined and approved its goals to help meet the needs of the District 196 community.

The bulk of the goal sett...
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