June 11, 2008

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Policymakers are sharpening their focus on the educational needs of children in foster care, a population which has doubled in the past two decades.
Educators, parents, and communities should make a more concerted effort to help rudderless youths find a clear direction and purpose as they enter adulthood, suggests a new book.
The presumed November matchup produced by the long presidential-primary season that ended last week offers contrasting approaches to K-12 policy, along with some common ground on the basics of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The Chicago school district has taken a comprehensive approach to try to remove roadblocks for college-bound students through its 5-year-old department of postsecondary education and student development.
Report Roundup
The federally supported What Works Clearinghouse has launched a series of “quick reviews” to assess the methodological soundness of studies that have made national news.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals calls on Congress to appoint an independent panel to come up with guidelines for what students should know and be able to do in reading and mathematics at each grade level.
Law & Courts
The latest analysis of an early-childhood-education program for children of low-income families in Chicago says that for every dollar spent, almost $10 is returned by age 25 in either benefits to society or to the participant.
Delaware rolls out a new method to judge performance of principals and district-level administrators that ties leadership to student achievement.
Content on the culture and religion of the Middle East is more plentiful, but publishers continue to fail in giving key topics careful and complete treatment, the study says.
Data show an increase of 7 percentage points in the total number of highly qualified teachers nationwide since 2003-04.
Backers of digital curricula seek to keep momentum on an effort they see as crucial to business development, workforce improvement and research.
Capitol Recap
State Journal
Now that a key author of the law and the chairman of the Senate education committee has been diagnosed with a form of brain cancer, prospects for reauthorization have become even murkier.
Federal File
The proposal by the U.S. Department of Education would curb states' flexibility in deciding when children are fluent in English and if they still need special services for ELLs, critics argue.
Urban Advantage goes further than most museum-to-school outreach efforts in connecting students’ field trips to science centers directly back to the school curriculum.
William J. Price, a professor of education, explains why he's avoided teaching online courses.
Rhonda B. Armistead says zero-tolerance policies "fail to take into account the intricacies of child development, individual characteristics, risk factors, and underlying causes."
Teacher Jay M. Solomon describes the inadequacies of teacher training.
Letters
Iris C. Rotberg comments on the education myths that have become the basis of rhetoric and policy.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Annenberg Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Spencer Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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