Hey! This site is supposed to be dead!
President Bush's nominee for Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, promised on Thursday to iron out problems with the No Child Left Behind education law if she is confirmed as education secretary. The Washington Post's Michael Dobbs tells of her senate hearings in Spellings Promises Fixes to No Child Left Behind Law.
Down on the Farm
Associated Press writer, John Seewer, tells an engaging story about city school kids tending milk cows and other students growing lettuce and basil hydroponically in City kids take to studying agriculture. (Alternate AP/Yahoo Link)
A friend of mine from Indy, Lee Wiggam, used to say he'd open a farm school someday. It sounds like the idea has taken hold elsewhere. Seewer quotes the principal at Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia, Thomas Scott, as saying, "We're not trying to teach cows, sows and plows. What we're really trying to do is teach skills so that they can apply them to science or any field they want to go into."
The Education Terminator
Three columns from The Los Angeles Times tell the sad story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed K-12 spending cuts of $2.2 billion:
Schwarzenegger's budget plan is to be released today.
In contrast, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack told the Iowa State Education Association at a legislative forum on Saturday "that he'll propose the largest financial commitment to K-12 education in a decade." (Credit: KCCI 8, The Iowa Channel)
Why Not Just Use the Word "Bribe?"
From an Associated Press/Yahoo posting:
The story has been carried by numerous print news sources:
A New Column
I just couldn't resist putting up a piece about the rumored new offerings from Apple to be announced at Macworld tomorrow. The big surprise is the my old friend and PC nemesis, the "Evil NT Techie" wants a "headless iMac," just like me! Read MWSF Rumors: Count Two Sales for the "Headless iMac."
Is EdNews Coming Back?
I've received a number of emails over the last few months asking if I might consider reopening Educators' News on a regular basis. While flattering, the reality at this point is that my new job as User Community Liaison for the PRISM web portal keeps me very busy. On the other hand, my job at PRISM also regularly exposes me to lots of interesting education stories...
PRISM is a free, assistive web portal for middle school (and other) math, science, and technology teachers. It's funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation and hosted at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Currently, the site links Indiana state standards in the subjects above to relevant web-based activities. The site also has an excellent search engine that actually makes it useful far beyond the target audience of Indiana middle school teachers. Folks from other states and countries use the site as well as what appears to be a number of homeschoolers.
We've just entering a new phase for the site of attempting to generate a "community of practice" among educators. While we offer the standard forums, we soon will have some new offerings that promise to make the site the "watering hole for educators" that EdNews was supposed to be...and never became:-(. We've added a new member to the PRISM team, Bob Piercy, to handle the programming chores involved in this new effort.
Educators' News has always been a site for all educators interested in technology. We've leaned pretty heavily at times to the Mac side, but have always clearly stated that EdNews is not a "Mac site."
Of course, the site is almost always updated on a Mac. With that in mind, take a look at the New York Times front page. The front page photo of Apple CEO Steve Jobs holding the new Mac Mini links to the column, Changing Course, Apple Offers Low-Priced Mac for the Home.
Apple introduced a $499 Macintosh yesterday, the Mac Mini. While there are lots of complete computer systems available in that price range, they're not Macs! As usual with Apple, this unit makes a bit of a statement with its tiny footprint.
The specs on the unit, other than the price for a Mac,
won't blow you away, but there's enough power in such a unit
for folks to get stuff done. Here's the specs from the Apple
So to review, we're not a Mac site. We're an education site that got its socks blown off by the new Mac Mini!
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We're Outa Here!
Educators' News is no longer an active site. It was regularly published from April 18, 2001, through April 18, 2003. Content from the site (archives and features) will remain available via the current URLs for the time being.
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