June 18, 2008

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Seven long-serving state schools chiefs are scheduled to step down over the next year, leaving questions about the evolving role of a state’s top education officer.
For educators who think real life does not offer enough opportunities to practice their profession, there’s Second Life, an Internet-based virtual environment that counts thousands of educators among its enthusiasts.
Teachers who earn advanced certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are more effective than teachers without that credential, a report says.
Prominent education researchers say that K-12 schools won’t be able to produce changes in student achievement without the help of programs giving access to health care, preschool, and other services.
Report Roundup
Correction
Report Roundup
Louisiana appears on track to enact a private-school-voucher plan for New Orleans that borrows from choice programs elsewhere.
Class Notes
Chicago relies on partnerships with local organizations and support from private funders to keep arts education going in the face of budgetary and curricular constraints.
A panel of teacher education stakeholders wants the two national teacher-college accreditors to work together on creating a unified system of accreditation.
The expert panel is expected to recommend ways teacher colleges can give future educators a stronger understanding of how children develop emotionally and psychologically.
Two experts have launched an organization to push for transforming how the nation’s largest school districts recruit and groom teaching and school leadership talent.
More than 80 percent of requests for due-process hearings never get to the point at which a hearing is held, according to an analysis by a national technical-assistance center on resolving special education disputes.
Filling leadership positions will be a hot topic at the annual conventions of both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers next month.
Charles Murray is about to publish a book about education—and he promises that educators won’t like it.
Advocates for researchers and statisticians are at odds with federal education officials and their advisers over the best way to shield the National Center for Education Statistics from political interference.
Pennsylvania is in the process of adopting new state regulations that could expand services for gifted students to many who might have been missed.
Students in a number of states often end up attending summer school programs because they didn’t meet academic standards set by the state.
State Journal
Advocates for poor and minority children are lobbying for lawmakers to change the ways school districts allocate $13.9 billion in Title I money among the schools in their systems.
The court will take up an appeal examining whether Title IX provides the exclusive legal remedy for cases of sex discrimination in public schools.
Federal File
The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with public employers in a decision that will restrict workers from suing over alleged job discrimination based on arbitrary or vindictive reasons aimed just at them.
In Rhode Island, performance-based assessments are now required for high school graduation. The requirement stems from a 2003 policy change by the state board of regents and the state’s outgoing commissioner of elementary and secondary education.
Michael J. Weiss evaluates the differences between the 'growth model' and the 'value-added model' of measuring school performance.
Using socioeconomic status is one legal way to ensure a diverse student body, say Angela Ciolfi and James E. Ryan.
Letters
Fewer girls taking science classes belies recent findings that the gender gap in school achievement is closing, says Leonard Sax.
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