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Officials in hard-hit states are breathing a little easier now that they can use some of the more than $100 billion in emergency federal education support. But they still don’t know how they will allocate money for the 2009-10 school year.
Pumping out money fast under existing education funding formulas may reward some states while leaving others short in meeting K-12 shortfalls.
With the poor economy endangering more novice teachers' jobs, experts are questioning the costs of "last hired, first fired" policies.
A quarter-century after A Nation at Risk warned of a "rising tide of mediocrity," efforts are afoot to strengthen the growing charter sector.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Correction
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Though advocates are disappointed the final amount was less than projected, they plan to maximize ways to use the infusion of federal money.
Philadelphia schools run by for-profit companies outperformed district-run schools in math, and also do better in both math and reading than schools that are managed by nonprofit organizations.
Students with teachers from alternative programs do no worse than those with teachers from traditional programs, a study finds.
Interest is growing in math workshops for parents, which encourage them to take an active role in their children's learning and answer questions and concerns.
Special Education
Scholars are studying how staffing practices in charter and regular public schools diverge, and what impact those differences make.
Federal officials will have to balance speed and accountability in dispersing billions of dollars in education assistance to states and districts.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will have wide latitude in doling out incentive grants from this pot of economic-stimulus money.
Policy Brief
State of the States
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will funnel about $100 billion to states and school districts, about half of it through existing federal education funding formulas.
A group of Texas charters aims to expand the ranks of disadvantaged students who graduate, not just from high school, but college as well.
A tour of the Commentary archives shows writing on reform ideas has been a time-honored tradition.
Letters
Letters
"The tragedy of A Nation at Risk is that those who were roused to action by the language of crisis got only half the report's message: the need for school standards," writes David S. Seeley.
“It would make more sense to have an education system that focuses on what students learn, rather than what they are taught,” writes Arthur E. Levine.
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