March 19, 2008

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Students with health or cognitive problems who aren’t eligible for services under the IDEA have protection under another federal law: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Lawmakers and governors are seeking to expand their authority over K-12 education and, in some cases, reverse policy set in motion by elected or appointed panels.
The findings of a new federal report echo themes sounded repeatedly by math researchers today: Math curricula and classroom strategies being used in states and school districts lack consistency and logic.
A position paper from the leading advocacy group for the nation’s teacher colleges is calling for an open and critical conversation on the meaning and uses of the controversial term.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Correction
For the first time, a select group of states is expected to take part in a 12th grade version of the NAEP exams in reading and math.
The group that awards the nation’s only advanced certification for teachers will be dropping a 20-year collaboration with the Educational Testing Service.
Fewer than a third of students in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont scored proficient or higher in math.
New research suggests that having to hire substitutes affects more than just a district’s finances.
School leaders who are turning around low-performing schools use three distinctly different leadership strategies for early, middle, and late-stage improvement, says a new report.
Special Education
State Journal
Eliot Spitzer's resignation threatens to complicate matters for education policymakers at one of the most pivotal times of the year for public schools: state budget negotiations.
The California Teachers Association estimates that more than 5,000 teachers alone have received “pink slips.”
Lawyer Stuart Levine, who served on the Teachers’ Retirement System board under two governors, is expected to be the prosecution’s star witness against Antoin “Tony” Rezko.
The state education department has been barraged with calls from parents, and even picketed by protesters, over how the ruling applies to them.
State of the States
Capitol Recap
Federal File
In the 15th stop on her intermittent national tour to promote the NCLB Act, Secretary Spellings encountered both defenders and critics of the law. And they turned out to be the same people.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel is proposing an alternative to President Bush’s $300 million private-school-choice plan that would instead supplement the budgets of the nation’s charter schools.
A decade after a national group formed to put more rigor into middle schools, educators are still searching for the right blend of academic and developmental strategies.
Jennifer Steinberger Pease explains why America needs a credentialed urban teacher corps.
Carl Glickman illustrates what schools can do to save a faltering democracy.
Letters
Letters
Lawrence J. Schweinhart provides five ingredients for long-term effects and returns on investment.

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