September 30, 2009

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The U.S. Secretary of Education used a meeting of high-level education stakeholders to underline his likely priorities for reauthorization of the law.
Disagreements and outside feedback sparked changes for language arts section of 'college- and career-readiness' draft.
Schools are increasingly using blogs, e-mail, and other online tools to bring scientific research within students' reach.
Attending charters from kindergarten to 8th grade found to help close city-suburban test score gap.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
The state school board tells writers to reinstate holidays and give more prominence to minority figures in the social studies standards.
High pass rates on statewide tests—and the leg-up for New York City—prompt concerns about reliability.
Higher scores are linked to lowering the number of students to teach and the number of papers to grade.
Best of the Blogs
Experiment with having tax preparers complete federal financial-aid application found to boost low- and moderate-income students’ chances of enrolling in higher education.
The Education Department says California, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas are at “high risk” for spending problems under the economic-stimulus program.
The reduction in instructional time resulting from teacher furloughs is likely to exact a harsh toll on student learning, officials say.
Policy Brief
Four years in, Philadelphia’s showcase 'School of the Future' is trying to learn from setbacks and chart a revised course closer to its original vision.
Federal 'Race to the Top' money could be used to realign the school system, write Theodore Hershberg and Claire Robertson-Kraft.
Jeanne Century writes that "sustaining change" must be as important to school reform as "scaling up."
Computers may be wonderful, but they've cost us the beauty and grace of cursive handwriting, says John B. Amos, a teacher who knows.
Letters
The search for common core standards should concentrate on providing focus and flexibility, writes Vicki Phillips, the director of education initiatives at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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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