March 11, 2009

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To ease staffing challenges, research suggests, focus less on minting new teachers than on keeping the skilled ones already on the job.
The recently enacted economic-stimulus bill requires every state to tackle inequities in access to top teaching talent for poor and minority children.
Because of the parallels teachers are able to draw between the current economic crisis and the Depression, students can see history is relevant.
High schoolers who focus more intensely on core science topics fare better in beginning college science than those who delve a bit into a longer list of topics, a study found.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Proposed 2010 budget would fund 'Promise Neighborhoods' to address poverty.
Some are "in line like Baskin-Robbins to collect this money," one school budget official says—and not just from the usual funding sources.
Finance & Facilities
The president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has laid out specific ideas for updating its accrediting process.
Researchers say mandating the subject in 9th grade has not boosted test scores or the number of students pursuing more-advanced math.
Policy Brief
A top lawmaker says the funding infusion may boost the Obama administration’s credibility with educators and the public.
The governor says the economic recovery package offers badly needed relief, but others warn deeper fiscal changes are needed.
Education Week's Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil continue gathering answers to questions on the $115 billion in education aid under the recent economic-stimulus package.
The U.S. Senate considered a long-delayed fiscal 2009 spending measure that could signal the end of a D.C. voucher program and would zero out money for Reading First.
While other states have enacted policies to discourage students from building on their native-language skills, Maryland has completed an audit of the opportunities the state has to leverage the "heritage language" skills of its residents.
With an eye on key statistics, educators work to keep students on a path to graduation.
“How can we instill in our children the tools, habits, and attitudes that make clear thinking and expression possible?” asks Thomas Dillon.
“In our woefully outdated and ineffective supervisory model for schools, administrators, not unions, hire teachers, and they, not the unions, are formally responsible for quality control,” writes Jennifer Goldstein.
"Even big-ticket bribes aren’t likely to do the trick if these same states still face perverse incentives under No Child Left Behind," write Chester E. Finn Jr. & Michael J. Petrilli.
“How about defining student and teacher performance based on what parents and citizens actually want for their children—all of the goals, not just one,” suggests Donald B. Gratz.
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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