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States face hundreds of hours of paperwork in competing for $4 billion in stimulus funds, when staff and budgets are already stretched.
The recession is driving more math and science professionals into teaching at a time when school districts have fewer jobs to fill.
Schools, districts, and nonprofits could get up to $50 million each under the stimulus program’s $650 million "i3 Fund."
A majority of districts report they would be willing to have immunizations done in schools.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Some school board members and community activists want to have a competition for running the 50 new schools set to open in the district.
Best of the Blogs
Graduates of the Aspiring Principals Programs achieved better results over time than other new principals, a study concludes.
Sandra Day O’Connor, Richard Dreyfuss, and Bob Graham are among those trying to generate support for civics in federal and state policy.
The test will gauge students’ understanding of technology tools, the ways they can be used to gather data, and their societal impact.
Fewer than one-quarter of test-takers scored at levels indicating they are prepared for higher education.
Most school leaders say they are ready to offer their facilities as a location of swine-flu vaccination clinics if requested, recent surveys show.
School districts continue to cope with the classroom-level impact of budget cuts, and more could be on the horizon.
Teachers' unions are running ads backing the effort—and seeking to shore up under-the-gun Democrats.
Policy Brief
The new law was a highlight of this year's legislative session, which was otherwise dominated by budget issues.
The Stockton, Calif., district gets serious about lowering—and verifying—its dropout rate.
Catherine Gourley writes, "I am impressed by the depth of meaning children get from the stories they read. We need not dumb down our literature."
"Now, more than ever, we must teach students to read between the lines—to become media critics who understand who controls and shapes the information and images we see," write Margaret Crocco and William Gaudelli.
Daniel Wolff asks, "If the president wants a more educated population, and also wants to create jobs, why not institute a program that transforms our public schools into community centers?"
Letters
Letters
"No single, circumscribed program can turn things around in an entire community or for a whole population," writes Lisbeth B. Schorr.
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