April 1, 2009

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Interview
Local officials are crying ‘foul’ as a growing number of governors make a play for federal economic-stimulus aid for schools.
Disappointing results from federally commissioned experiments are prompting questions about the studies’ designs­—and their payoff.
A handful of teachers around the country have fashioned curriculum and lessons around the fast-emerging science of nanotechnology.
Federal guidelines permit waivers from traditional timeline.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
To spare individual sports from elimination, some districts are raising student fees, while others are paring back the number of games and events.
Advocates are betting that the billions of dollars for programs like Head Start are just a “down payment” on future expansion.
A national survey finds most high school students do not believe they are being well prepared for the technology demands of the 21st century.
Private Schools
At the cutting edge of the 1990s’ push for test-based accountability, Kentucky is revamping its standards and assessments.
Policy Brief
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down with Education Week to discuss the stimulus package, the 2010 budget, and his plans for implementing President Barack Obama's education agenda.
Many states are targeting the new education aid at elementary and secondary schools, rather than toward higher education.
Programs for students with disabilities and those in foster care violate a state ban on aid to private schools, the Arizona Supreme Court said.
TAP, which is likely to expand with federal stimulus funds, emphasizes building a collaborative workplace culture to improve instruction.
John M. Eger writes that "we need to define a well-rounded education and make the case for its importance in a global, innovation-based economy."
"Garbing recycled bad ideas in the new century can’t help us, especially when our real problem is that most students haven’t mastered the skills that mattered in the last century," writes Peter Berger.
Letters
"It is time to put aside the tired debates over routes into teaching and focus on a clearer destination: substantially higher levels of teacher effectiveness," say Linda Darling-Hammond & David Haselkorn.
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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