October 14, 2009

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Special Report: Leading for Learning
Districts and nonprofits seeking $650 million in stimulus aid would have to show evidence backing their proposals—and line up matching donors.
Striving Readers, which the Obama administration wants to expand, has not shown impressive student-achievement results so far.
Cabinet members travel to Chicago to offer money and call for adults to play a larger role in the lives of teenagers.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A scholar at Stanford University defends her study's mostly negative findings on charter schools against criticisms from a colleague who found positive results for charters in New York City.
Union affiliates will tackle new ways to set up contracts and recruit, evaluate, and pay teachers with their share of $1.2 million.
The federal government, for the first time, is supporting the teacher-training model, with the lion's share of $43 million in grants.
Best of the Blogs
Interest in new pay plans for teachers has gone in cycles, a new book says, but the latest surge of attention could last longer.
Federal officials are warned against using a single test, such as NAEP, to weigh student and teacher progress under the program.
Policy Brief
Disputes involving the Pledge of Allegiance, Confederate flag symbols, and peer sexual harassment failed to make the cut.
A new report by the investigative arm of Congress says many states have been forced to cut spending on tests mandated under NCLB.
John W. Myres, a retired teacher and superintendent, shares five hard realities educators must face as they try to improve their schools.
Karin Chenoweth shares what she learned in visits to hard-pressed schools that have succeeded against the odds.
History teacher Christopher L. Doyle says today's adolescents lead overprescribed lives that tell them little about what freedom means.
Letters
Susan Fuhrman, Lauren Resnick, and Lorrie Shepard tell what else will be needed to make the proposed common standards work.
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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