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Almost 30,000 schools in the United States failed to make adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act in the 2007-08 school year.
School closures, innovations in teacher, principal training mark his administration.
As states increasingly emphasize the teaching of "content in application," teachers are no longer the purveyors of facts, but the facilitators of elaborate activities.
Governors and state lawmakers are poised to kick off their toughest legislative sessions in years, with the hope of sparing K-12 education from deep budget cuts.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
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Correction
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Private Schools
Other nations’ methods may help shape policy, influential groups argue.
The National Education Association argues the federal law is an unfunded mandate.
Scholars in a city-based consortium are studying practices that are helping students stay on track academically at all grade levels.
New educational uses of cellphones are challenging the bans many districts have adopted to prevent students from using the wireless devices on campus.
Many of West Virginia’s educators are trying to tie them back to local communities by requiring students to present their work before decisionmakers.
Tax-credit-supported scholarships are fast outpacing vouchers as a state policy tool for promoting private school choice.
A consortium of four states will try to reinvent secondary schools at the practical and policy levels.
State Journal
Capitol Recap
Education groups are hoping for a major infusion of cash from any economic stimulus package, to help put financially struggling school districts on firmer fiscal footing.
The Chicago schools chief supports the No Child Left Behind Act and could bridge differing approaches to education reform.
Federal File
Alabama was the first state to require students to take four credits in each subject to graduate, and schools are responding in different ways.
A visit to the campus of a newly built research center in Huntsville, Ala., offers a glimpse of the state’s economic heritage and, quite possibly, its economic future.
Giving schools access to classroom materials and supplying them with seasoned teachers are core elements of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative.
Letters
"Applying the if-then deductive logic of classical geometry puts a strong K-12 mathematics program at the heart of America's long-term economic viability," says Steven Leinwand.
Mike Rose writes about "politics and knowledge, the way knowledge or being knowledgeable gets defined in the political moment."
Letters
"The current economic crisis will challenge just about every public- and private-sector institution in America," write Marguerite Roza, Dan Goldhaber, & Paul T. Hill.
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