April 11, 2007

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As Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa awaits a court ruling on his bid to control the city's schools, the direction of the district is unclear.
The National Governors Association has released recommendations for NCLB renewal that aim to preserve the federal role in holding states accountable for student learning.
On the whole, the use of educational software in classrooms yields no significant gains, according to the federal study.
The collaboration comes as some policymakers appear to be rekindling the push for national academic standards.
A new analysis sees college-admissions and -placement tests as an imperfect gauge of high school standards.
Eleven percent of children surveyed said that a family member or a friend had died as a result of the disaster.
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Approaches highlighted in a new volume by the Brookings Institution range from pay incentives to better training and conditions.
Presidential candidates have offered few specifics so far on K-12 policy proposals.
Teaching & Learning Update
Teaching & Learning Update
Report Roundup
Florida and Wisconsin are among the states considering changes to the system they use to identify gifted children.
School spending and prekindergarten are among the dominant issues for many state lawmakers.
State Journal
Capitol Recap
Federal regulations on assessments for special education students may help schools make adequate yearly progress.
A private school argues that its free-speech rights were violated after it was penalized for sending a letter to incoming student-athletes.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous action on April 2 was not a ruling on the merits of the lawsuit, but it was the final buzzer in a legal contest that lasted nine years.
In New York City, high school students who are overage and undercredited can take several routes to graduation.
It is possible to teach all children, including those in high-poverty, high-minority schools, to high levels, writes Karin Chenoweth.
Schools alone cannot equalize opportunity for children from very different socioeconomic backgrounds, writes Richard Morrill.
The conversation focused on schools’ use of technology, as well as research findings in this area as reported in Technology Counts 2007: A Digital Decade.
Honors & Awards
Teacher incentives must be matched by systemwide change, write Theodore Hershberg and Barbara Lea-Kruger.

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