July 30, 2008

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As their education plans begin to crystallize, sharper differences are emerging between John McCain and Barack Obama.
Hundreds of education researchers across the country are getting the gift of time to pursue research and hone methodological skills, through fellowships aimed at nurturing young talent in the field.
The collaborative spirit between school district and teachers’ union that made the compensation system a national model is now in jeopardy, with officials engaged in a protracted battle over proposed changes.
Many educators and administrators, as well as some members of a national advisory group, wonder how the state will succeed in mandating that 8th graders be tested in Algebra 1, given students’ persistent struggles in that subject and the potential demand it will generate for more math teachers.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Correction
Report Roundup
College & Careers
The most successful systems were found to be those that focused on how to use the information to improve instruction.
The move to provide free online access to faculty research is believed to be a first among U.S. schools of education.
School districts offer programs to help students sharpen their English-proficiency skills while waiting for the next school year to start.
Randi Weingarten tells union delegates she wants new federal legislation based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
A stalemate over who will pay for the random drug tests has prevented the program from getting started.
Legislators gathered in New Orleans heard gloomy fiscal news, even as presidential campaign advisers floated education reform ideas.
Capitol Recap
John P. Higgins Jr. retired as the Department of Education’s inspector general after 40 years as a watchdog, but the office he led for the past six years continues turning out reports without him.
Federal File
Some mayors and urban school chiefs are urging Congress to be more aggressive in holding their schools accountable in the next version of the federal school law.
An intensive summer camp exposes sought-after Hispanic students to college and career possibilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Frances G. Wills, superintendent for the Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District, discusses how one student's act of rebellion can undermine the reasoning of a good education.
Cheryl Almeida and Adria Steinberg argue that the time has come for policies to reduce dropout rates to be made as high a priority as policies designed to raise overall academic performance to a college-ready standard.
Letters
Rock climbing helped new teacher Jennifer McDaniel understand the depth of frustration and embarrassment her students feel when they fail.
Letters
Federal education-funding requirements exacerbate existing inequality in education, say John Podesta and Cynthia G. Brown.
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