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It remains far from clear whether Sen. McCain—and other top Republicans—will continue to embrace No Child Left Behind Act or whether the GOP will return to its role as a champion of limited government and local control of schools.
The decision by an accrediting agency could complicate everything from students’ college applications to teachers’ continuing education credits.
A consortium of seven universities received a grant to establish a research group that will search for successful methods for educating a group of students that some experts see as long overlooked.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Faced with high energy costs and crimped budgets, school districts have cut administrative positions, bus routes, special services, and athletics programs.
Average scores on the verbal, math, and writing sections of the college-entrance exam were identical to last year’s, halting a slide that began after the test was overhauled three years ago.
Outreach efforts seek to train school leaders to understand, advocate for good teaching.
Beginners would get substantially higher salaries, while veterans would see much smaller raises under renegotiated terms of performance-pay plan.
The national organization gave affiliates the go-ahead to ally themselves with the labor federation two years ago, but concerns about performance pay, health care, and other issues are driving them to act now.
Charters & Choice
Education officials are giving school districts some room to diverge from a mandate that all English-language learners be taught specific English skills in classrooms separate from other students for four hours a day.
Gov. Deval Patrick's agenda would include free access to community college for all state residents, a statewide teacher contract, and an aggressive dropout-prevention program
State Journal
Accepting the historic Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama sets an ambitious goal that members of his party don't necessarily agree on how to reach.
Notes on Sens. Joe Biden and Barack Obama's education policy, the future of the ED in '08 campaign, and the future of No Child Left Behind according to House Education and Labor Committee Chair Rep. George Miller.
Federal File
FCC seeks input from educators and others on how the rules adjustments would affect schools and technology vendors.
For Michelle A. Rhee, exposing mismanagement, incompetence, and wide disparities in teaching quality has been a deliberate tactic as she builds her case to overhaul one of the nation’s most beleaguered school districts.
Many rural students lack family members and role models who attended college, and schools should do more to assist these students, say Rick Dalton and John Mills.
AP preparation is overrated and may diminish, rather than advance, the deeper objectives of a liberal arts education, says UCLA senior lecturer Paul Von Blum.
"It is the educator’s moral obligation to help students embrace causes larger than themselves, and to encourage them to display good citizenship in all spheres of life," says Bernice Lerner.
States are embracing 'neovoucher' tuition-tax-credit plans without knowing what their long-term risks or benefits might be, says Kevin G. Welner.
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