September 15, 2004

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Teachers and administrators throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District expressed concerns after officials announced in 1999 that most of the district’s 425 elementary schools would be required to use Open Court Reading. Includes: "Leading Commercial Series Don’t Satisfy 'Gold Standard.'"
More than two years after President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, the far-reaching federal education law is beginning to bear down on school district performance.
A groundbreaking statewide study released last week evaluating the body weights of nearly all public school students in Arkansas has found that 38 percent of them are overweight or are at risk of becoming overweight.
President Bush’s proposals to expand educational accountability from the elementary and middle grades to high schools would mean more testing for teenagers, individual student plans to promote achievement, and financial incentives for teachers to help students meet their goals.
The Chicago and Detroit school systems have received failing grades in a report from a New York City-based nonprofit group on their preparedness to respond to possible acts of terrorism in or near their schools.
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Several of the nation’s most elite private schools have started charging a whopping $25,000 or more per child this school year.
Three national education groups, including some of the profession’s most distinguished scholars, are launching a series of public forums this fall to lend some academic context and counterpoint to discussions about the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Louisiana could become the first state to hold its teacher-preparation programs accountable for their graduates’ ability to improve student achievement.
It is a question that affixes itself to countless debates in education: To what extent do poverty, instability at home, and other socioeconomic factors undermine the ability of students and schools to prosper academically?
Although the hard-fought presidential race has dominated campaign news in recent weeks, it’s also a critical year for state legislative elections.
A second independent study commissioned by the board that offers national certification for teachers concludes that the credential has a positive effect on student achievement.
The nation’s leading group for accreditation of teacher education has an idea for urban superintendents looking for ways to get and keep the best teachers and perhaps help the ones they already have: Dot their districts with schools designed to train teachers as well as teach students.
A nonprofit group announced last week that it plans to build a repository of online courses for high school and college that it will make available to individuals, schools, and states at a significantly lower cost than for similar courses bought commercially, and in some cases for free.
Are education schools spoonfeeding the nation’s prospective teachers biased academic fare, as one scholar contends? Or do they just offer thin intellectual gruel?
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A number of commercial reading programs have satisfied the requirement under the federal reading law for embodying a strong research base, yet there appears to be limited outside evidence that any of them produces a conclusive and consistent effect on overall reading achievement.
More than one-fifth of children and adolescents in public schools in Arkansas are considered overweight.
Federal officials may withhold up to $6.7 million from President Bush’s home state of Texas for failing to tell parents before the start of the school year whether their children’s schools are in need of improvement, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act.
A last-minute deal has assured Michigan school districts that they will receive a slight increase in funding in the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, despite the state’s $1.2 billion budget shortfall.
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A report from the Southern Governors Association recommends that the region’s leaders begin a new focus on improving high schools, especially smaller schools in rural areas.
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  • Minnesota Governor to Link Driver’s Licenses, Truancy
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  • Wash. Governor Offers Aid for School Water Tests
  • Maryland Releases Aid to Baltimore District
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If action in the House of Representatives last week was any indication, a trend is emerging on federal education spending: The total keeps climbing, but by smaller and smaller percentage increments each year.
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The newly revamped version of the nation’s largest electronic education library quietly made its debut this month, with promises of more offerings to come from the federal project.
Although the majority of U.S. parents report having the ability to choose among public schools, authors Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel say most do not have the necessary information to make the right choice.
Will Fitzhugh of the National Writing Board laments the decline of "serious academic writing" in schools, and fears a dumbing down of student opportunity is occuring as a result.
Does taking the joy out of learning lower the quality of a student's education? Author Alfie Kohn says America's "feel-bad education" is a frequently overlooked problem that deserves more attention.
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