May 23, 2007

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Policymakers and educators are urged to become better ‘consumers’ of knowledge born from studies in education research.
Educators are divided over the No Child Left Behind Act's role in recent history and civics test scores.
The Buffalo Prep program seeks out talented minority students from disadvantaged backgrounds, places them in academic-enrichment classes, and then finds them spots at selective public and private high schools.
Antonio Villaraigosa set his sights on electing members who would support his plan to win partial authority over the district.
The 128,000-student district, which includes the city of Raleigh, is worried it won't have enough seats for all its students.
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
The agreement heads off a possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court over whether the policy violates federal civil rights laws.
Critics argue that nations would be better off spending their money on teachers, classrooms, and textbooks.
Report Roundup
State Journal
In moving to require a high school exit exam for students with disabilities, California’s board of education decided against the creation of an alternate assessment.
The financial squeeze is tightest in Michigan, where public schools face significant cuts.
The Kansas state board of education appears to be moving in a more civil—if not entirely bipartisan—direction under its new, moderate majority.
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Capitol Recap
Twenty-five House members formally presented their ideas for revising the law to senior members of the Education and Labor Committee.
Federal File
Edward J. Kame’enui will leave his current position at the Department of Education next month, the agency announced last week.
It backs a bill that would require districts to document how they informed parents about the availability of the tutoring.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
A lack of federal investment keeps colleges of teacher preparation from pursuing systemic and comprehensive change, educators told a congressional panel last week.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
The excesses of prom season require principals to play the roles of police, fashion arbiters, and even parents. Striking a balance between creating fun and ensuring safety is tough
There is strong reason to believe education would benefit greatly from a more evidence-based approach, such as that used in medicine.
Why is there a lag in preschool availability in our wealthy United States?, wonders public school tutor Vicky Schippers.
The information-based economy calls for substantially new forms of assessment, and therein lies a major hurdle for American schools.

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