March 18, 2009

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Federal officials are looking to boost accountability as they pump out $100 billion in new education funding.
Foundations and large private donors say cutbacks in their K-12 giving are likely, and some schools already feel the impact.
The academic success of children of immigrants to the United States tends to decline from the first to the third generations.
The discussion centers around whether e-learning is really more cost effective than traditional brick-and-mortar schooling.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
District administrators face restrictions, search for one-time expenses.
Providence must base teacher hiring and assignment on student need and teacher quality rather than seniority preferences.
College & Careers
The second year of a major federal study of reading and math programs again finds few differences for students who used the technology.
Leading businesses also lend support to report’s calls for change.
States and districts are eager for a piece of the $250 million in new funding that could help take their information-gathering and analysis to a new level.
A massive infusion of money will go to help schools where students are struggling to meet NCLB’s proficiency goals.
Policy Brief
The president’s most recent speech echoed themes he sounded on the campaign trail and in recent budget and policy moves.
State of the States
Federal law requires schools to develop plans to help students with disabilities move into college or the workplace.
According to Sarah M. Fine, "When we define success as the lack of failure, we confine ourselves to mediocrity. When we define failure as the lack of success, we doom ourselves to despair."
“For reform-oriented accountability to work, test scores need to be highly sensitive to what educators do,” writes Walter M. Stroup.
W. Norton Grubb writes, "This period provides an opportunity to rethink the relationship of money to effective school resources, and to develop new approaches."
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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