NEA Education Insider: August 5, 2010

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NEA Education Insider: August 5, 2010

You did it!  The Senate has passed legislation to save over 138,000 education jobs!  On August 5, the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 61-39.  This victory for educators, students, and our nation was a direct result of your calls, letters, e-mails and personal visits to Senators.  Thank you for your incredible efforts!

See how your Senator voted on this important bill.

Thank Senators who voted yes, and express your disappointment to those who voted against saving education jobs.

We are in the final stretch now.  The House of Representatives will return to Washington, DC for a special session to vote on the Senate-passed bill.  The vote is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10.  The House has already passed an education jobs bill, but because the Senate bill uses different "offsets" to pay for the jobs fund, the House must now pass it.

Urge your House members to pass this urgent legislation.

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Education is ‘civil-rights issue of our generation,’ cabinet official tells NAACP

Calling education "the civil rights issue of our generation," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a national challenge for whole communities to get involved in improving public education. "The only way to achieve equality in society is to achieve it in the classroom," Duncan told NAACP delegates meeting in Kansas City for the group’s annual convention. (Read more @ National Alliance of Black School Educators)

Rural School Districts Headed by African American Superintendents Hit Hard by Number Weighting

Ninety-three high-poverty rural school districts headed by African-American superintendents received almost $8.2 million less Title I funding in school year 2008-09 than they would have received if the formula for distributing these funds did not contain a provision that favors large districts over small districts. (Read more @ Forumula Fairness Campaign)


July 23, 2010

Kathy McCavanagh
RealWorld University, LLC
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Award-winning Speaker, Author, & Professor – Joe Martin, Ed.D.

Nationwide ( — National award-winning speaker and author, Professor Joe Martin, claims schools pay him literally thousands of dollars each year for one reason only, "Because I help struggling students ace college. Period." However, the over 550,000+ students who’ve attended Professor Martin’s lectures in the past know his presentation is anything but common, as he promises to pay students $100 for any course in which they receive a "C" or lower after hearing or reading his message called, "Tricks of the Grade: Street-Smart Strategies for Acing College."

Martin, who’s based out of Tallahassee, Fla., is a product of his own message. He grew up in one of toughest inner city ghettos in Miami, Fla., the son of a 16-year old, single mom who was also a high school dropout and abusive alcoholic. However, at the age of 24, Martin made history by becoming the youngest professor ever hired to teach in a tenured-earning position in the state of Florida.

"After I graduated from high school, going to college wasn’t even an option," Martin recalls. "My standardized test scores were so low that I was told I wouldn’t even be allowed to ‘drive’ by a college, let alone get accepted into one. I laugh now, but hearing those comments at age 17 was very demoralizing."

In spite of being told he wouldn’t succeed in college, Martin persisted in pursuing his college degree, ultimately was voted "Student of the Year" at his university (The University of West Florida), and graduating at the top of his class by the age of 20. Martin credits his academic success to 10 strategies he calls the "Tricks of the Grade."

His book and eCourse, "Tricks of the Grade: Street-smart Strategies for Acing College," is popular among college students across the country. Although Martin doesn’t offer his book in bookstores, he has sold thousands of his books and eCourses through his web site and at his live lectures. He currently boasts a client list of well over 750 colleges and universities.

"Joe’s ‘Tricks of the Grade’ workshop was an absolute hit on our campus," says Katherine Titus-Becker, the student activities director at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. "Several students have commented about how they were using the techniques he taught them. They (students) said they’re achieving grades they once thought were unreachable."

The success of his book and lectures have garnered Professor Martin national recognition. According to Eric Lambert, the executive director of the Association for Programming Campus Activities (APCA), "Joe is one of the hottest speakers on the college market. Wherever he goes, he literally changes lives." APCA honored Martin as their national "Campus Speaker of the Year," as voted by college students across the country.

To find out more information about Professor Martin’s "Tricks of the Grade" presentation, his book and eCourse, or to schedule an interview with him to discuss his tips and strategies, just visit: or, or call toll free 888-576-2377.


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Consultant will lay out plan for ‘controlled choice’ in Wake schools – Source: WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — Amid a raging debate over community-based schools in the Wake County Public School System, a consultant out of Massachusetts says he might have an option that can help give parents more choices in their children’s education without creating high-poverty schools. (Read more @ WRAL)

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Wake County Public Schools

Fear of ‘resegregation’ fuels unrest in N.C. – Source: Rocky Mount Telegram (Different Opinions Good Article)

RALEIGH — In the annals of desegregation, Raleigh is barely a footnote.

Integration came relatively peacefully to the North Carolina capital. There was no “stand in the schoolhouse door,” no need of National Guard escorts or even a federal court order.

Nearly 50 years passed — mostly uneventfully, at least until a new school board majority was elected last year on a platform supporting community schools. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Wake County Public Schools

BREAKING NEWS – NC NAACP Pres. Rev. Barber and Wake School Board member John Tedesco both appear on CNN Thursday morning

BREAKING NEWS – NC NAACP Pres. Rev. Barber and Wake School Board member John Tedesco both appear on CNN Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Barber was on the Ed Show on MSNBC this evening! Spread the word!

Note: Thanks Cash Michaels for sharing.

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Wake County Public Schools