March 23, 2005

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Experts agree that if the goal is for all students to graduate from high school ready for college or other postsecondary study, schools have their work cut out for them, at least in mathematics.
Students aren’t the only ones in Georgia fretting over scores from the recent SAT exams. More than perhaps any other state, Georgia has linked its reputation as a place to live, send children to school, and do business to the state’s performance on the college-entrance test.
Two years after the United States began its military operations in Iraq, U.S. elementary and secondary schools are among the organizations that still must cope with the loss of employees to military service.
The U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever evaluation of how states are meeting requirements for English-language learners under the federal No Child Left Behind Act can be looked at two ways.
Teachers with national certification could spearhead improvement in many of the most challenged schools, but only if policymakers and principals see the complexity of such an undertaking.
A private school set to open in Boston this summer will provide 8th graders with rigorous classes and enriching activities to prepare them to attend the area’s most competitive high schools.
Take Note
News in Brief: A National Roundup
States must evaluate the effectiveness of the free tutoring being provided to children under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. But a lack of resources might force them to compromise on the rigor of those evaluations, a new report says.
People in the News
For teachers, practical advice is as close as the room next door. When principals need to know how things get done in their district, they can pick up the phone and call one another. But a fact of life for most superintendents is that it’s lonely at the top.
The differences between boys and girls is one of the hottest research topics around. But a group of Duke University researchers suggests that, at least when considering the youths’ overall well-being, there’s not much difference at all.
As the No Child Left Behind Act furthers its influence on classrooms, a report scheduled for release this week sounds concerns about impending problems—from a lack of school choice options to inadequate staffing—that could undermine the law.
The Baltimore school district will hand over the daily maintenance and upkeep of schools to city agencies, under an agreement reached last week.
Facilities
Law Update
Business
Reporter's Notebook
Report Roundup
Health Update
June Atkinson and Bill Fletcher faced off in court again last week as the two continued their battle to claim North Carolina’s top education post more than four months after their disputed election. Ms. Atkinson won a crucial ruling from a state court late last week, but a decision on the winner is expected to meet further legal hurdles.
Arizona would become home to the most sweeping statewide school voucher program in the nation under legislation approved last week by the Senate.
State Journal
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is hinting at some new flexibility for states trying to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act when it comes to students with disabilities and limited English skills, and for making the calculations that determine whether schools and districts will face sanctions.
Over the past 40 years, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act has evolved from an effort primarily aimed at providing general aid to schools with large populations of disadvantaged students to a complex undertaking that includes a long list of education prescriptions for states.
Federal File
The Federal Communications Commission is doing a poor job of overseeing the E-rate program, the Government Accountability Office said in a report last week.
A Government Accountability Office report released last week says that financial oversight of Head Start programs is inherently flawed, opening the door to mismanagement of the local affiliates of the federal preschool program.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
A lifetime of research has led Edmund W. Gordon to the conviction that it is the out-of-school extras that nurture children's intellect.
A former educational publishing executive offers a series of recommendations for policymakers.
Because of the way the No Child Left Behind is written, schools and districts could actually benefit from segratation, write Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, & Colin Chellman of New York University.
Behind the various labels affixed to troubled teens are individuals who are smart, funny, and empathetic, writes author David L. Marcus.
Improving the quality of education research does not solve the problem of how the findings will be implemented, writes Deborah Stipek, dean of the Stanford University school of education.
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