May 2, 2007

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Separate measures are aimed at boosting American competitiveness.
The Virginia Tech gunman’s immigrant background is focusing attention on what immigration workers say is a lack of services tailored to such groups.
It’s widely accepted that principals are vital to school success, but few studies have closely examined how to train effective school leaders.
District Dossier
Outside of a handful of Asian nations, the typical 8th grader in many foreign countries would not meet “proficient” levels on U.S. tests of mathematics and science.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation unveil major campaign to raise topic’s profile in presidential race.
Vicki L. Phillips, the superintendent of the Portland, Ore., school system, is stepping down to become the head of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s education division.
News in Brief: A National Roundup
A panel recommends that water, fruits, and vegetables replace the chips, candy bars, and sugary juices found in school vending machines.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sought to put more veteran teachers in schools that serve the most disadvantaged students.
A new tool will help school districts compare their business operations with those of other districts.
The few principals and superintendents who do blog see great value in the online tool.
A report says textbooks that contain current research on the topic don't explain how new teachers can use that information in classrooms.
Peggy McCardle has kept a lower profile than that of her predecessor, G. Reid Lyon, which observers say reflects a changing tone in debates over reading instruction methods.
Report Roundup
Evidence suggests that screening programs and appropriate support can help alleviate poor school performance, bullying, depression, and suicide.
Teachers who leave education before they reach retirement say they feel bogged down by bureaucracy, lack of support.
State Journal
Some are wary of the prospect of a national exam or other mandates being imposed by the federal government.
The president has been actively highlighting what he sees as the successes of the law.
New York state Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo faults the federal government's monitoring of the industry.
Federal File
The House education committee is probing charges of mismanagement and conflict of interest in the program.
A bipartisan bill would provide grants to support proven methods to increase graduation rates and help middle schools identify at-risk students.
Federal File
Educators increasingly are interested in measures designed to improve, not just monitor, learning and teaching.
Teachers in a rural New Mexico district use hand-held computers to assess students’ reading progress and target instruction accordingly.
The assessment tool is approved for use under the federal reading program in 45 states to monitor student progress on reading fluency.
FAST-R, or Formative Assessments of Student Thinking in Reading, is now used in more than 50 schools in the 57,000-student Boston district.
Members of the Time, Learning, and Afterschool Task Force argue that "the structure of the day for American children and youth is more than timeworn. It is obsolete."
Bernice Lerner, director of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University’s school of education, wants teachers to care about helping students achieve what most educators strive for: a good life.
Letters
Experts fielded questions about how the nation’s top two teachers’ unions are trying to influence the reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Events
There’s no doubt that American students expect to learn from technology—after all, they revel in it outside of school, writes Henry Kelly.

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Follow Education Week writer Sean Cavanagh and photographer Sarah Evans as they visit schools to learn more about education in China.

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