September 17, 2008

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The campaigns of Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama have engaged in a sharp and testy exchange on education, making the topic the center of debate for the first time since the long race for the presidency began.
There’s a war of sorts going on within the normally staid assessment industry, and it’s a war over the definition of a type of assessment that many educators understand in only the sketchiest fashion.
Groups that advocate on behalf of specific disabilities are proliferating, fueled by a medical establishment that can trace disorders down to their very genes and a communication system that can easily connect people around the globe.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Clarification
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
The school board ousted Rudolph F. Crew on a wave of criticism about his management style and financial acumen.
Finance & Facilities
A National Science Foundation program is focused on keeping students on the path to success in science, technology, engineering, and math.
To tap into the large pool of potential teachers outside the field, policymakers should rethink the training and recruitment of midcareer professionals and address pay and working conditions, a new report suggests.
The deployment of specialists in Florida helped build teacher capacity and improve students’ motivation to read, but did not always lift test scores, a study shows.
To remain internationally competitive, group argues, schools must teach innovation and cultural competency.
A much-anticipated commercial computer game about evolution is getting a favorable response from some scholars, even though a few of its features sacrifice strict scientific accuracy to fun.
Preparation programs are seen as a promising strategy for staffing city schools.
A boom in providers that offer alternative routes to teacher credentials in Texas has sparked a move by the state to set higher standards for preparation programs.
In anticipation of a funding cutoff, some districts already are canceling bus routes, increasing class sizes, raising school lunch fees, and dipping into reserve accounts to operate schools.
State Journal
Native American representatives told members of Congress that the federal government has been slow to help them devise alternative academic standards allowed tribes under the No Child Left Behind Act.
This fall, hundreds of teacher candidates will undergo their training with the backing of federal dollars from a new scholarship program that will be a boon to some and a burden to others.
Federal File
An Education Week analysis of the campaign ads of Sen. Barack Obama.
John McCain and Barack Obama disagree on just how much of a role the federal government should have in encouraging citizens—including young people—to get involved in community service.
An Education Week analysis of the campaign ads of Sen. John McCain.
How much money one state spends on special education is an unlikely focus of controversy in a presidential race. But when a previously little-known governor makes a splash as the mother of a special-needs child after getting her party’s vice presidential nod, that seemingly parochial topic can suddenly make news.
Handpicking students who lack top test scores and grades but are leaders among their peers, College Summit helps them apply to college and encourage others to do the same.
Walt Gardner discusses how a report about medical schools from almost a century ago mirrors many of the charges aimed today at K-12 schools in the inner cities and in remote rural communities.
During his career as an educator and an elected school board member, Kenneth E. Hartman learned a lot about effective school districts and provides practical strategies for improving schools without raising taxes.
In a country that considers failure an acceptable option, "How do you make a culture that welcomes entrepreneurs?," asks Gerald W. Bracey.
Letters
"Digital media, well deployed, can have enormous educational impact almost immediately," say James Paul Gee and Michael H. Levine.
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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