February 7, 2007

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State policymakers question the effect of expanding the federal reach.
Critics say the school board has failed to address critical issues, including closing underenrolled schools.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has moved quickly to put his stamp on school policy.
The Houston Independent School District for the first time doled out $14 million in staff bonuses last month.
Teachers in schools that orient pay toward performance saw an increase in their students' achievement.
The next generation of Americans will have lower literacy and math skills, on average, than the current working-age population, a new report warns.
Students more likely to graduate within four years and have higher grade point averages.
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
The approach of Reggio Emilia preschools views the teacher as one who explores, learns, and creates along with the child.
Identifying and expanding the use of math in occupational courses can improve student achievement.
English-Learners & Immigrants
Report Roundup
A sophisticated computerized system will weigh individual testing needs.
Gov. Martin O’Malley's education agenda calls for increased funds, but few new initiatives.
State Journal
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
State of the States
The bill contains a 5.6 percent increase over President Bush’s fiscal 2007 budget request of $54.4 billion.
Members are calling for additional money and revisions to the method for calculating schools’ adequate yearly progress.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
State officials want new powers to determine how well schools and districts are meeting achievement targets.
A county in New York state takes a hard look at how the No Child Left Behind Act is working in its eight school districts—and offers its own vision for renewing the law.
Forget Ph.D.s, says science educator Dennis M. Bartels. The country's primary goal should be universal technical literacy.
It is the duty of educators to teach skills and the value of certain habits and attitudes, writes school head Nicholas S. Thacher.
Readers questioned members of the Teacher Leaders Network about their work with teacher-directed professional development.
Retired superintendent James H. Lytle questions the NCLB goal of universal proficiency and its associated sanctions.

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