March 4, 2009

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His address to Congress and initial budget outline show Obama putting education high on his domestic agenda.
Researchers, historians, and policymakers are raising a red flag about the agenda as embodied by the leading advocacy group for 21st-century skills.
Governors adopt policy looking to develop common academic goals.
The federally commissioned experiment is thought to be the largest to test some of the nation’s most widely used math curricula.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Correction
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A new report contends that questions asked on test surveys reflect an ideological bias, which undermines its credibility.
The instructional framework gets a thumbs up on reading from the federal research clearinghouse.
The decline is likely to continue as a number of districts consider cutting back their foreign-language programs at all levels because of the recession.
High-performing buildings would receive more autonomy.
A new generation of programs and a rigorous research effort are helping clarify the potential learning gains of TV viewing.
A study of 820 1st grade classrooms has found that fewer than a fourth of them offer top-notch learning environments.
Teachers’ views on their profession have become markedly more positive over the past quarter century, concludes a report by MetLife.
Private Schools
Believed to be a national first, the diagnostic test is designed to assess the academic needs of ELLs with interrupted formal education.
The state is using creative budget maneuvers to mitigate the pain of cutbacks needed to close a projected $42 billion deficit.
The long-overdue spending bill working its way through Congress targets some high-profile education programs.
Policy Brief
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that a state's restriction on school district and other local government employee-payroll deductions for politics does not violate the free speech rights of unions.
Public education is among the biggest winners in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, in line for some $115 billion in federal aid. Educators have plenty of questions about how that aid will be distributed, and Education Week Politics K-12 bloggers Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil have been gathering answers.
A nationwide grant program sponsors high school teams to build scientific and technological devices of their own creation.
Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, writes, "It is the tenure process that best illustrates how current state policies can have such a deleterious impact on teacher quality."
"We must first recognize STEM as a unitary idea, not simply a grouping of the four disciplines in a convenient, pronounceable acronym," write Jan Morrison & Raymond V. "Buzz" Bartlett.
"Like processed foods, processed reading allows for a hugely profitable range of workbooks, tests, and consumable materials. Schools don’t develop reading programs—they buy them," writes Thomas Newkirk.
Letters
"Many ‘late boomers’ emerged from their public school experiences with a deeper understanding of people of other backgrounds and an increased sense of comfort in interracial settings," writes Amy Stuart Wells.
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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