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A recently released study performed by a Virginia firm contends Michigan is one of ten states likely to lose a congressional seat when the 2010 census data is officially released and adjustments to congressional representation are made.  The report says Michigan, along with Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will lose one seat in the U.S.

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School Service Consolidation Bill Being Considered by House

Members of the House Education Committee this week began deliberations on a measure that would create a temporary School Services Consolidation Commission.  Under the provisions of House Bill 6488 a 13-member commission would be created with members appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader.  The panel would have 18 months to generate “a report detailing specific instances where the commission is recommending consolidation of non-instructional services at the local, regional or state level.”  School officials attending the proposal’s first meeting said

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PDK Expands!

Pi Lambda Theta Joins PDK International Family of Associations

Bloomington, IN —PDK International, a membership association for educators, announced today the acquisition of Pi Lambda Theta (PLT), a national honor society of educators. This acquisition completes the PDK International family of associations, which includes PDK, Pi Lambda Theta, and the Future Educators Association®.

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Scarcity adds value

Ideas from Seth Godin and applied to education. If you're starting a new educational program, figure out what the scarce resource is (it's not usually money). Climbing Everest? It's warmth and weight you care about, not how much the sleeping bag costs. If you're creating a schools of choice environment, figure out what contribution your school can make and what you offer that other schools can't. If 100 schools can provide the same educational programs the way you do, don't expect to get paid a premium. Scarcity creates value.


eCYBERMISSION Offers Volunteer Opportunities and Updated Mission Challenges to Encourage STEM Education Among Middle Schools

eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. Sponsored by the U.S. Army, eCYBERMISSION encourages students to work in teams to identify a problem in their community and use the scientific method to propose a solution.

New to the 2010-2011 competition are nine updated Mission Challenges, or project topics, for students to choose from. They include:

Alternative Sources of Energy
Examples: Going Green, Hybrid Cars, Geothermal Energy