September 24, 2008

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School business officials are keeping a close watch on the markets—and on district investment portfolios and teacher-retirement funds—amid escalating upheaval on Wall Street.
Under enormous pressure to prepare students for a successful future—and fearful that standard school hours don’t offer enough time to do so—educators, policymakers, and community activists are adding more learning time to children’s lives.
As state and school leaders across the country push for more students to take algebra in 8th grade, a new study argues that struggling students are being enrolled in that course despite being woefully unprepared.
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Dozens of Texas school districts are likely to be closed indefinitely as they struggle to recover from Hurricane Ike, which devastated the Gulf Coast and caused disruption into the Midwest.
Experts convened by the College Board issued a sweeping set of recommendations to totally revamp how the roughly $86 billion in annual financial aid is delivered to U.S. college students.
The debate over whether schools ought to focus solely on raising achievement in this era of high-stakes accountability, or whether they should also find ways to tend to students’ nonacademic needs, has been simmering in this presidential-campaign season.
The Minneapolis school board and the local African-American community have signed a “covenant” that places responsibility for improving schooling for black children on the shoulders of parents and district leaders.
Amid shrinking budgets and staff limitations, education departments say they can’t meet the technical requirements for helping struggling schools under the federal law, a study finds.
The final report from a three-year study of San Francisco-area KIPP charter schools probes key issues that have sparked debate, including student achievement and attrition.
Since A Nation at Risk in 1983, one blue-ribbon panel after another has called for expanding learning time as a way to boost student achievement. Yet studies only recently have begun to document the potential impact that a little extra learning time might have in practice.
A burgeoning high school redesign effort in New Hampshire sets its sights beyond simply stiffening course requirements and graduation standards.
Despite heightened interest in presidential politics this election year, “down ballot” races such as the state chiefs’ contests in Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Washington still won’t get much attention.
State Journal
The prolonged battle over California’s fiscal 2009 budget was nearing a close this week, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers appeared poised to complete an agreement that would avoid a threatened gubernatorial veto.
Sen. Barack Obama wants to start a new program supporting an innovative-schools fund—but the campaign’s summary of the proposal omits the requirement linking teacher pay with students’ academic growth.
Federal File
With the Congressional reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act on hold for now, the Department of Education is turning to an expert panel for technical advice on improving the seven-year-old law.
Some of the most ardent supporters of testing and standards discuss what next steps policymakers should consider in reauthorizing the federal law.
Sen. John McCain has an idea for Head Start that is sure to generate broad support in Congress—because lawmakers have already passed it.
A bill headed to the White House clarifies the federal Americans With Disabilities Act in ways expected to help K-12 students.
Chicago’s After School Matters is a national model for involving older students in activities to develop their skills and talents.
To ignore the pressing needs of our children, and of the men and women who choose to spend their lives in service of their learning, is a mistake that the next president cannot afford to make, says Ronald Thorpe.
Letters
Contributors to Education Week’s Commentary section needed little encouragement from the drafters of A Nation at Risk to contemplate the question of how best to deploy school time to improve student achievement. Variations on the theme of time and learning have been a staple for Commentary writers.
Letters
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and his longtime adviser Terry K. Peterson share in the following essay their reflections on those experiences, as seen through the prism of A Nation at Risk, the influential 1983 critique of American education.
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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