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14 in 14 National Membership Drive

                 Hello local PTA leaders, Looking for an exciting way to shake off the winter blues and reinvigorate your PTA? Kick your membership into overdrive with the National 14 in 14 Membership Challenge For every 14 new members that join your PTA between now and May 31st, 2014 you can submit a signed copy of the 14 in 14 Membership Challenge Flier and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $1,000 in the 14 in ’14 National PTA Membership Challenge! Here’s how it works: Units can submit membership certificates and dues

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Common Core Isn’t a Government Conspiracy

  This is a pivotal moment for the Common Core State Standards. By Jack Markell and Sonny Perdue Feb 10, 2014 Illustration by Annie Descôteaux    

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Final Accelerated Academic Grants will allow public schools to offer advanced coursework to students

For immediate release Contact Alison May (302) 735-4000 FINAL ACCELERATED ACADEMIC GRANTS WILL ALLOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO OFFER ADVANCED COURSEWORK TO STUDENTS The Delaware Department of Education is pleased to announce the final two award recipients for the Accelerated Academic Grant program, the new state program that made funds available for programs targeted at academically advanced students. Christina School District received $18,963 for teaching identified fifth to eighth grade students the fundamentals of debate in preparation for future intra-district debates.  Debate will enhance the ability of students to read and understand complex material and then present, defend, and refute the

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Free SAT registration now open for public school juniors

For immediate release   Contact Alison May (302) 735-4000   FREE SAT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL JUNIORS Registration is open for public school juniors to take the SAT college readiness exam for free during the school day. The test will be administered Wednesday, April 16 with a make-up day scheduled for Wednesday, April 30. Funded by part of Delaware’s $119 million federal Race to the Top grant, the free school-day SAT administration began in 2011. “The school day SAT administration promotes a school culture that encourages more students to pursue education after high school,” Secretary of Education Mark

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Every Child in Focus—African-American Child

In February, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign centers on the African-American Child. Using the PTA National Standard for Family-School Partnerships, we will explore ways PTAs can welcome and support African-American families in the school community. We have created information and resources on the unique challenges African-American children face and ways PTAs can better support African-American families in achieving student success. How Your PTA Can Better Support African-American Children Join the conversation. Follow us on Twitter and use the hastag#EveryChild. Read our PTA One Voice Blog for PTA Success Stories and additional resources. You can also share your blog! We want to hear local and state PTA success stories on supporting

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Public Hearing Scheduled for STEM Academy

Just a reminder that the Department of Education will be holding a public hearing on February 10th at 5:30 pm at the Carvel State Office Building regarding the application of the Delaware STEM Academy.. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to attend.   The Delaware STEM Academy Public Hearing Notification – February 10   FEBRUARY 10, 2014 5:30 pm Carvel State Office Building 2nd Floor Auditorium 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19810 All Delaware resident students are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit www.destemacademy.org

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January: The Month of the Suburban Child

This month, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign is centering on the Suburban Child. Last week, National PTA President Otha Thornton traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Suburban Agenda Caucus and discussed ways to increase support for suburban children. Next week we will continue the conversation in a webinar on Jan. 28—featuring Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institute—where we will share promising models and recommendations to more effectively address poverty at the metropolitan scale. National PTA will also award a copy of Elizabeth Kneebone’s book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America to one webinar attendee. Today, suburbs are home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in

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