December 9, 2009

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The education secretary wants a reauthorized law to reward high-performing schools, districts, and states.
A report tinged with controversy raises questions about whether charter groups can 'scale up' schools as quickly as reformers are hoping.
Working papers from prominent education researchers aim to promote better understanding of school leadership.
Education stories made up just 1.4 percent of all top national news across media platforms in the first nine months of this year, a report finds.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
An analysis of a new national database finds a possible association between more time for learning and higher scores on state tests.
With a $1 million grant from the Gates Foundation, the national group will organize parent support for the standards in four states.
Congress continues to finance the Early Reading First program, and it's in both chambers' versions of a comprehensive literacy bill.
Best of the Blogs
A revised framework of essential skills for technology officers envisions them exercising a greater degree of academic leadership.
A new report finds that most states are struggling to carry out stimulus-related improvements to education, despite some progress.
Some push policy changes to help secure up to $700 million in federal economic-stimulus cash, while others warn against hasty action.
Policy Brief
Gov. Barbour faces major opposition to his plan, which also would consolidate school districts and merge historically black colleges.
Critics charge that the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a veiled attempt by technology companies to gain more influence over the classroom.
By focusing on the very worst schools, the initiative misses an opportunity to help good urban districts become great, writes Richard Whitmire.
The knowledge, and often the funding, exists to transform low-achieving schools, Allan R. Odden writes, yet we haven't done it.
Popular listings of the "best" K-12 schools in an area have some hidden dangers, and educational flaws, writes Deanna Burney.
Letters
Letters
Many of the administration's education initiatives rely on ideas that have undermined past reform efforts, writes Thomas Hatch.
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 Charles Stewart Mott 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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