August 1, 2007

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The deal could vault the Houghton Mifflin Co. to the top of the K-12 portion of the U.S. education publishing market.
Those who have studied financial incentives say evidence is scant that they are attracting substantial numbers of college students and career-changers.
The U.S. Education Department's statistics arm, citing budget and staffing constraints, won't take part in a 2008 study of physics and upper-level-math performance.
This fall, the school system is stepping up its efforts to encourage small schools to serve such students.
District Dossier
A federal program aims to expand foreign-language education in undertaught languages in order to increase the number of Americans who speak languages critical to the nation’s security.
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
Nearly half of the nation's districts cut substantial time from other subjects to focus on math and reading.
A new study lends empirical support to the common perception that schools focus on students in the middle—the "bubble kids."
An initiative in England seeks to turn low-performing schools around by pairing them with successful ones having similar contexts.
Test-score improvement among 4th graders in 12 states has slowed in reading and math.
Students post higher gains in reading and math than they would have had they attended the city’s regular public schools, a federally financed study concludes.
Report Roundup
During the 2007 legislative season, state lawmakers expanded early-education programs and approved record increases in funding for schools.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is forging ahead with her national “Innovation America” initiative by forming a new foundation and convening a task force to recommend ways of reshaping public schools.
State Journal
After lagging behind other states on preschool education for years, Pennsylvania has taken a large step toward expanding access to such programs.
Capitol Recap
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Federal File
As the reauthorization process slows in Congress, presidential candidates take up the issue during a debate.
Observers say the deepening interest from federal policymakers in the concept reflects the intense national discussion among educators on the topic.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
As more high school students enroll in programs that award college credit, policymakers are asking questions about quality.
The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Programs was established in 2000 for administrators serving as liaisons between K-12 and higher education.
Robert Rothman writes about the "out-of-school factors" in educational success.
What do students need to know in the information age?, asks Thomas Washington.
Education is falling off the nation’s priority list, Arthur Levine writes in this Education Week Commentary.

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