February 3, 2010

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Hoping to win some of the $350 million at stake in Race to the Top money, most states have signed on with multiple common-assessment groups.
The multistate effort seeks to remove the barriers that have hindered previous attempts to turn around low-performing schools.
The federal program is seen as not keeping up with technological advancements that could help schools.
Groups writing the much-anticipated standards want to streamline the latest 200-plus-page draft and make it more user-friendly for educators.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Federal law requires that districts help with transportation so students don't have to disrupt their education when their families move.
When Chicago gave school principals more latitude to fire teachers who lacked tenure, faculty attendance improved, a new study finds.
Now that most states have built longitudinal systems, a report says, they need to help people make good use of them.
Best of the Blogs
Given the nation's demographic changes, the report and panelists at a discussion argue, more must be done to improve education for minority males.
Satisfied with the standards crafted by the multistate initiative, the foundation will make free its content-focused K-8 sequence.
The president voiced support for K-12 education in a State of the Union speech that calls for freezing other domestic spending.
Policy Brief
State of the States
If adopted, the proposed common-core standards for writing will kill the spirit that produces great literature and nonfiction, Edgar H. Schuster argues.
To restore the value of a high school diploma, writes S.G. Grant, whole communities should have a role in setting and safeguarding standards.
Before shelling out $45 million for research, ask retired teachers like himself the secret of good teaching, writes James D. Starkey.
Letters
Lawmakers should do more to expand efforts to link schools with networks of social support, argues Sarah M. Fine.
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