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ESEA Seen Affecting Training of Educators

A new report examines how the No Child Left Behind Act has influenced the delivery and financing of professional-development programs for educators.

Released by the Finance Project—a Washington-based Internet information clearinghouse for policymakers and researchers on issues related to children, families, and communities—the report covers the federal, state, district, and school roles in professional-development programs for teachers. It also addresses professional development for administrators.

—Kevin Bushweller

Quality Controls

Schools can improve the education they offer their students if educators use lessons learned from quality-assurance programs carried out by businesses and the medical profession, concludes a new report.

To reach those conclusions, education analysts from the Santa Monica, Calif.-based RAND Corp. studied some well-known quality-assurance methods. They include the Toyota production system, the Malcolm Baldrige business-excellence awards, and clinical-practice guidelines that are common in the health industry. RAND prepared the report for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

—Kevin Bushweller

Youth Entrepreneurship

Youth-entrepreneurship programs may be an effective tool for helping students from poor urban communities stay on the right academic track, suggests a study by researchers at Harvard University.

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The report, "Expanded Exploration Into the Psychology of Entrepreneurship," is scheduled to be available online by Feb. 1 from The National Foundation For Teaching Entrepreneurship.

The research, conducted on behalf of the New York City-based National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, found that students who participated in such programs began to read more on their own, became more interested in attending college, and raised their aspirations for jobs that require a college education. The study involved 312 students from the Boston public school system.

—Kevin Bushweller

School Counseling



A recent study examines how state education policy influences efforts to improve school counseling.

The study examines five states—California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio—and their capacity to fully implement and stabilize initiatives related to school counseling.

—Kevin Bushweller

Foster Children



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Nearly a quarter of children under age 15 in foster care have chronic health problems, and roughly a third have a disability, according to a research brief.

However, the report—released by the Washington-based Child Trends—also had positive findings. For instance, nearly all foster children had health insurance.

The research brief uses data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being and the National Survey of America's Families.

—Kevin Bushweller

Vol. 23, Issue 20, Page 13

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