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Educators see benefits in having access to technologies developed for the military long before they reach the commercial market. Video
The Democrat’s sweeping Election-Day triumph may lift the prospects for his K-12 policy plans.
Companies selling services to protect children and teenagers from sexual predators on the Internet have enlisted the help of schools and teachers to verify students’ personal information.
The new class of governors, state legislators, and chief state school officers elected last week will face formidable challenges in dealing with the squeeze the nation’s sagging economy—and ballooning state budget deficits—is putting on K-12 education.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
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Report Roundup
If approved, the Grand Rapids Education Association would assume responsibility for managing a share of the Michigan district’s budget.
Business and higher education leaders are pleading with schools to teach "21st-century skills," but figuring out whether the skills have been taught well won’t be easy or cheap, a new paper warns.
At least 75 members of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges have pledged to produce more math and science teachers.
A fellowship program funds studies designed to cater more to educators’ real-world concerns than to the expectations of academia.
Media experts have drafted guidelines to help teachers and students grasp the legal issues they say have unnecessarily restricted the use of online resources.
High school students in the Washington area celebrate and dissect the meaning of the nation’s first black president-elect. Video
Former teacher says Obama showed no obvious signs of ambition, but was "thoughtful and bright."
College & Careers
Voters approved slot machines to fund schools in Maryland, rejected limits on bilingual instruction in Oregon, and shook up statehouses elsewhere.
With California’s fiscal outlook worsening, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week called state lawmakers into a special session to balance the current budget, while governors in other states sounded alarms about their own revenue problems.
State Journal
Federal File
The U.S. Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a case that is the latest challenge to one of the ways teachers’ unions amass their political war chests.
President-elect Obama can look forward to working with a beefed-up Democratic majority in Congress when he seeks to enact his education agenda after taking office in January.
Campaign Notebook
Under the superintendent’s driving focus on the nuts and bolts of schooling, Atlanta’s students have posted achievement gains every single year since Ms. Hall became schools chief.
"Before we can change the admissions criteria for college, we need to be clear about the skills that all high school students need today," says Tony Wagner.
Enlisting external partners including colleges and universities to collaborate in public school improvement could be a promising strategy, say Susan H. Fuhrman and Nancy W. Streim.
Letters
In a tough economy, some top college students may be considering teaching, and merit-based scholarships could drive high-performing students into the profession, says Barbara Beatty.
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