November 11, 2009

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The first quarterly reports on how aid for education was used offer plenty of information, but sharpening the picture can be tough.
A national task force says states and districts must pay new attention to the 'people side' of education.
Universities and science organizations have launched initiatives to make advanced scientific work seem less intimidating and more appealing.
Policymakers in several states say they are waiting to see how the effort to develop national standards takes shape before proceeding.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Researchers report that half of U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point.
U.S. schools chief Arne Duncan joins retired generals in citing early-childhood education as one solution to high rates of ineligibility.
If more students are to be ready for college and careers, says the Alliance for Excellent Education, secondary teachers must be better prepared.
Best of the Blogs
A new book explores a range of approaches to using pay to try to bring about educational change.
The appointment draws praise from educational technology advocates, some of whom had worried whether the position would be filled.
Policy Brief
From ballot measures with funding implications to high-profile mayoral races, school issues factored into a number of state and local races.
Fifteen years after changing how the state pays for public education, lawmakers are under pressure to take a fresh look at that system.
Congress will consider a proposal to spend $2.35 billion for K-12 reading initiatives once served by Reading First and other efforts.
State officials are reaching out to mayors, union leaders, and others for support as they work to secure a coveted federal stimulus grant.
Districts can increase their support for classroom instruction even in tough times, writes Ron Steiger, who shows how his district did it.
Electronic reading devices, or e-readers, could revolutionize the classroom, write Michael L. Miles and Bruce S. Cooper.
One reason that many girls don't develop an aptitude for math and science, writes Lisa Damour, may be that they aren't encouraged to explore how things work.
Letters
Letters
Adequate numbers of top students are being trained in the fields, write Hal Salzman and Lindsay Lowell, but many are being lured away by higher salaries elsewhere.
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