April 25, 2007

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Vol. 26, Issue 34
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More educators are embracing strategies that do not exclude misbehaving students from school.
Federal officials hailed results showing improvements in students' reading fluency and comprehension.
The April 16 killings provoked the same questions that arose for K-12 officials after the 1999 rampage at Columbine High School and a string of other such incidents in the past decade: Could this happen at my school?
Former President Bill Clinton said last week that if he were still in charge, he would work to amend the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The study is likely to play a prominent role as lawmakers prepare to decide whether to renew funding for abstinence education.
People in the News
Correction
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Educators are trying to combat a lack of referrals of English-language learners to special education in the state.
The move could represent a large-scale shift into digital professional development for teachers.
Algebra 2 collaboration could boost joint efforts involving other subjects.
An online tool, which has a professional-development component, conducts formative assessments for schools.
Some children are helped, but others become distracted by in-class "manipulatives."
Report Roundup
Rural Education
School leaders should brace for more of the kinds of threats that forced lockdowns and evacuations at campuses around the country last week after the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, experts warned.
Illinois cautions districts on what they can seek in confirming students' residency.
State Journal
Standards supporters have found a new bargaining chip: flexibility in implementing the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The move is aimed at helping narrow the achievement gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers.
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Federal File
House lawmakers invited ideas on how to improve the quality of and access to tutoring made available under the No Child Left Behind Act.
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared inclined today to uphold a state high-school-sports authority’s rules against recruiting.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Under the statute, states with equalized funding systems may offset the same amount that districts receive in federal impact aid.
The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Education referred some of the information gathered in a lengthy audit of the program to federal law-enforcement officials for further investigation.
The pioneering federal preschool program, launched during the War on Poverty, faces reauthorization amid competition from state programs and perennial debates about its efficacy.
Questions over the long-term effectiveness of Head Start—and debates over the research into it—are almost as old the program itself.
The No Child Left Behind law's unreasonable mandates hamper student achievement rather than facilitate progress, writes urban superintendent Carl A. Cohn.
Letters
Gender, the Internet, race and education, and reading are some of the topics covered in this month's book reviews.
Psychologist Howard Gardner shares his prediction for which mental capacities will be of greatest need in the increasingly globalized, rapidly changing 21st-century world.
Letters
Experts answered readers’ questions on how to make lessons more meaningful at a time when schools are increasingly focused on test scores.
Letters
Events
Grants
Instituting performance-based assessments that link content to skills is a promising new approach to redesigning high schools, writes Joseph DiMartino.

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