March 7, 2007

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Lawmakers grapple with how to balance a student’s right to an education with the threat that such a student may pose.
The U.S. Supreme Court accepts a case involving a parent’s efforts to seek public reimbursement for a private school placement of his child, who has a learning disability.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sees its report as a prescription for more innovative, efficient, and better-performing schools.
Students who took Algebra 1 by 8th grade were more likely to take advanced math courses before college.
Studies have turned up no definitive evidence on what determines teaching quality and how public policy can affect the hiring and distribution of effective teachers.
District Dossier
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Some members worry about the move's impact on the smaller of the two groups that judge teacher education programs.
Reporter's Notebook
Eliminating noisy distractions gets short shrift when educators are thinking of ways to improve student performance, some researchers believe.
In the 1990s, Mr. Obama led a privately funded school reform initiative—an experience that shaped the Illinois senator's perspective on the critical importance of principals and teachers.
Administrators like the approach because it allows for greater oversight and stronger interaction between teachers and students.
The program helps build the technology infrastructure of schools and libraries and wire them to the Internet.
Some privately managed public schools have not delivered the same rates of improved achievement as those run by the city district.
More homework was not associated with higher levels of average national achievement, researchers say.
Federal officials also failed to screen a contractor for potential bias, says a new report.
Report Roundup
The nation’s governors are vowing to take a front-row seat as the No Child Left Behind Act comes up for renewal this year.
Opponents say the measure is intended to prevent students from joining gay-straight clubs in schools.
State Journal
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Federal law generally bars parents who are not lawyers from representing their kids in court.
The House education committee will seek to address funding, monitoring issues when it considers the reauthorization of Head Start, likely this month.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
At issue is taxpayers' ability to challenge federal conferences that encourage religious groups to seek federal funding.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
The Bronx Lab School in New York City places strong emphasis on staff members' relationships with students, and gets good results.
Author Alec M. Resnick says learning is lost among the nation's youth as they seek means to scramble up the socioeconomic ladder.
Author Louis Pugliese offers a breakdown of traditional schooling practices that charter schools should closely examine.
Readers and guests discussed the impact of class size on learning, as well as what configurations work best.
Establishing a set of national standards higher than those of U.S. competitors would better prepare our nation's youth, no matter where they are from, write Rudy Crew, Paul Vallas and Michael Casserly.

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