September 23, 2009

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Amid a recession that’s squeezing state budgets and pushing more families into poverty, state and federal officials seek ways to improve early learning.
After a five-year study, a panel of experts weighs in on how to improve reading and writing for adolescents.
One reason so many talented students leave college without a diploma may be that they enroll in schools for which they are overqualified, a new book suggests.
As the Education Department readies billions of dollars in Title I cash, some question how much change will actually take place.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
The award for urban education goes to a Texas district for the second year in a row.
Forty-four states expressly ban bullying, a legislative legacy of a rash of school shootings in the late 1990s, yet few if any of those measures have identified children who excessively pick on their peers.
The film is a sequel to a documentary that took a critical view of U.S. students' performance compared with peers in China and India.
Best of the Blogs
Better use of data has remained high on the district’s priority list as a key tactic for improving student achievement.
The Orlando-based school has seen its budget reduced by nearly 10 percent with more cutting set for next year, while most other public schools in Florida have received a modest increase.
Policy Brief
Education Department officials are looking for candidates with expertise, but will weigh conflict-of-interest issues.
An overhaul of federal student lending now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Capitol Recap
The state is a national leader in trying to ensure that students are ready for postsecondary study.
Marion Brady writes that national content standards may hinder the development of educated generalists able to tackle today's big issues.
Joan Goodman suggests that schools give students more authority as a way of reducing their passivity and increasing their engagement.
It's time we quit judging students' ability to interpret and gather information based solely on their mastery of print media, writes Paul Barnwell.
Letters
Letters
Craig Hochbein and Daniel Duke say that to turn around low-performing schools we first need to know how they got that way.
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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