April 16, 2008

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For a $600-a-week stipend plus parking and meals, 14 retired teachers and other school employees are doing nuts-and-bolts campaign work for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
New research into the black-white achievement gap suggests that the students who lose the most ground academically in U.S. public schools may be the brightest African-American children.
The urban demise of debate leagues closed off a training ground for careers in law, business, and public service and a distinctive outlet for mouthy and some mousy kids who didn't necessarily take well to classroom society.
A report timed to coincide with this month's U.S. visit of Pope Benedict XVI outlines measures to arrest and possibly reverse the trend.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
One idea supported by many speakers at a recent national conference was that of a national science curriculum.
Disadvantaged high school students in Santa Ana, Calif., will have a new opportunity to realize their academic potential.
A new study suggests that improving school leadership is a problem around the world, not just in the United States.
Iraq’s high-quality education deteriorated over several decades and has been affected by violence and sectarian conflict resulting from the current war.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act has helped prompt some school districts to develop, for the first time, a well-articulated curriculum for English-language learners.
Grassroots organizing efforts are driving a boost in parent involvement, more-equitable distribution of funding, and better academic achievement, according to researchers from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
State Journal
Among the 12 states that advocates say do not operate or fund preschool programs, efforts are under way that could yield legislation providing for such services in the future.
The inspector general says better enforcement of NCLB provision would boost accuracy of the states’ data.
Federal File
The renewal has been pending since 2003, although Congress has passed separate legislation revamping student-lending programs usually governed under the HEA.
Instead of waiting for applicants, states, districts, and charter organizations are increasingly recruiting and training candidates for the principalship.
From her first day on the job in 2001, Susan Schaeffler, founder of the first Knowledge Is Power Program school in the District of Columbia, hired teachers with an eye to their leadership potential.
Building and making projects is one of the best ways to truly understand and master knowledge about scientific and engineering principles, writes MIT graduate Michael Nagle.
Stephanie Hirsh & Joellen Killion argue that too much of the debate about improving teaching is focused on improving preparation, rather than improving practice.
Letters
Brain research, autism, Cristo Rey schools, and more.
Letters
Age segregation deprives children not only of fun, but also of the opportunity to use fully their most powerful natural tools for learning, Peter Gray writes.

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