September 10, 2008

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A company that runs one of the nation’s largest networks of online schools has discontinued a program that arranged for U.S. high school teachers to send their students’ English essays to India for evaluations by reviewers there.
Bit by bit, the U.S. Department of Education is trying to pull down the walls that have traditionally separated general and special education.
A new study concludes that while teachers appear to be adjusting how they do their jobs, principals and district leaders are not necessarily in control of those instructional changes.
The program aims to transform parents into ambassadors for math and science education.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
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Report Roundup
Seven parochial schools in the District of Columbia have been reinvented as publicly funded charters in a move that is drawing interest from Catholic educators around the country.
The award is given annually to a city school district that has made notable strides in improving achievement, especially in closing gaps among students of different racial and ethnic groups.
Educators in the southern half of the state were preparing to reopen most schools after students missed up to six days of instruction.
The Discovery Educator Network offers hundreds of webinars, blogs, meetings, and workshops to help explain and show how various devices and applications work and ways to adapt them to the curriculum.
Special Education
High salaries and generous benefits for superintendents and other administrators have drawn a backlash—and new rules from the state.
State Journal
John McCain is offering positions on educational accountability and school choice that most of his fellow Republicans are likely to support. But those ideas don’t address the sharp divisions within his party over NCLB.
Federal File
Although Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has espoused conservative positions on teaching creationism and abstinence-only sex education, the Republican vice presidential nominee has not pushed those beliefs into state policy.
Notes on NEA members at the Republican National Convention, Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton's shared education agenda, and the the push for English to be the "official language" of the United States.
Close study and evaluation, as seen in the research regarding career academies, can help inform and advance education policy, say J.D. Hoye and David Stern.
Students with a strong grasp of language could "infuse society with individuals capable of discussing the natural world in a literate manner," says W. Jason Niedermeyer.
"Our best students and our worst students are likely to speak English as a second language," says Joanne Jacobs.
Letters
It’s easier to concern yourself with teaching than with learning, says Alfie Kohn.
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