(@c.sebastian99)

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No Child Left Behind

There are not enough characters for me to tell all that is wrong with this, but I will do my best. First of all this so called document needs to be scrapped or several ammendments need to be added. My grandchildren are going through the same school system that my grown children went through. There is no way a teacher can provide a lesson plan that is compatible for the whole class the way it is. There are advanced,... more »

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(@awhavens)

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Replace year-long grades (1st-12th) w/ more granular units

I've thought for many years that it's very odd how we make kids advance one year at a time in all subjects regardless of how they're doing on any individual one. And then, if worse comes to worse, we keep them back a whole grade, or move them forward even though they haven't mastered the material. In real life, we don't couple all kinds of tasks and rewards that aren't logically linked. The over-broad nature of year-long... more »

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(@frankruscica)

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Direct users of this site to ED.gov's Open Innovation Portal

https://innovation.ed.gov/ The Portal site has more features, and no plans to curtail or cease operations (this site stops accepting submissions on March 19, 2010)... From the Portal's homepage: "The Department of Education has developed this Portal as an online forum where key stakeholders in education can share their innovative ideas and collaborate to turn those ideas into a new reality. By connecting an idea from... more »

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(@olson.charles)

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Fitness standards

I feel standards of physical fitness and wellness should be publicized for school districts. Identifying some goals for flexibility, endurance, cardiovascular capacity and strength would give districts real targets for children at various stages and ages. Too often the emphasis is on sports, but a focus on wellness and fitness would benefit a broader group as well as be cheaper overall. Basic calisthenics, bodyweight... more »

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(@tslaugh2)

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Driver Education Program supported by The State's Lottery

I feel that Teen Driving Programs should be supported by the Georgia lottery and be put into action just as The Lottery supports the beginning of a child's education, so should preparation for leaving school be implemented.

This would save lots of lives and reduce accidents by offering educational driving skills and not learning from mistakes and unsafe manuevering that the parents may teach.

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(@jswinky)

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Sanctions for educators

Doctors, Lawyers, Police, Paramedics, Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacy technicians, CPA's, Vehicle drivers, and Businesses just to name a few...face losing their license to practice for their failure to act or perform their duty. The only profession in the country where a licensed professional is not held accountable for their dereliction of duty is EDUCATION. When there has been a finding that the school district has denied... more »

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(@h.johsens)

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Break Teacher Unions

If the teachers and the teachers unions had the students best interests first and foremost in mind then they would have some measure of credibility.

 

The current situation in Rhode Island where the entire staff was fired should not be the exception. The Teachers Unions need to be broken nationwide. The Teacher's Unions do not have the best interests of the students in mind.

 

That is a conflict of interest.

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(@rnprnp)

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Students with disabilities

Do not remove accountability for students with disabilities by requiring reporting of only large groups (few parents of SWD care if there are only 3 or 5 people reported since larger numbers mean that schools can continue to deny FAPE and discriminate without accountability), by exempting alternative schools (in which many if not most are SWD who have been denied FAPE) from reconstitution, by continuing to believe what... more »

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(@rmgarcia10)

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Special Education Funds

School Districts should be held accountable on how they spend federal and state funding on special education students. The special education students with learning disabilities performance should be reflected in the school district's performance as a whole. An IEP should not determine how much funds an SD will spend on a child, since 99% of the time the child does not receive the services even with an IEP in place.

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(@sappell)

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Making USDOE Programs Work

1. Make public, rapidly, all USDOE program offices' work, including correspodence, re requiring SEAs to correct negative audit findings, especially those related to USDOE-funded program implementation and SEAs' objections to corrective action recommendations. Make public, rapidly, USDOE assessments of actual SEA implementation of corrective actions. Stop blindly accepting SEA assurances that they have actually implemented... more »

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(@bbrownson)

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Early College Initiatives

In 2004 FIPSE funded a program at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio to start high school students into an early college program in engineering technology. We have six years of experience in this program and good data gathered on our graduates. The FIPSE money was done in 2007 but we are self-sustaining through Ohio's student funding. Our students are graduating from college and high school in the same week.... more »

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(@watchdogs)

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Post Determinations for all LEAs on IDEA Implementation

Every state is required to make an annual determination regarding implemenation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for every local educational agency (LEA) within the state. Based on guidance from USED, states have not made these annual determinations available to the public. USED should (1) instruct all states to post annual LEA determinations on their state dept. of education web sites - in an... more »

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(@lawrencesloan)

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Develop an open source, tablet PC for public school students.

The digital revolution has occurred and for our students to compete they have to have the best tools. The idea of having and open-source, free tablet PC for public school students would not only improve how children learn and interact but also save money. A smaller computer with wifi, an e-reader, and keyboard dock would cost around $120 per unit. At $200 a student, less than the cost of books for a high school student... more »

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