February 24, 2010

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Three state education panels approve the move, even before the final version of the English/language arts and math standards is finished.
In a major rethinking of teacher-quality programs, the fiscal 2011 budget proposal calls for shrinking funding doled out by formula.
The method used to identify whether students need help learning English can be inaccurate or misused, some critics complain.
The process for reauthorizing the main federal education law is set to get under way in Congress.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Some scholars and activists are calling for the Obama administration to pay more attention to diversity in schools.
Many of the science, technology, engineering, and math programs contained in the America COMPETES Act have never gotten money.
The money will fund development of such teaching resources as course outlines, syllabuses, and assessments aligned to the standards.
The state's 15 virtual schools have been growing in popularity as an educational alternative for students.
Virtual Nerd, a tutoring subscription service, uses online videos to teach concepts.
Three districts receive awards from the NEA Foundation to improve instruction, close achievement gaps, and boost parent involvement.
Best of the Blogs
A push for improved access to school meals and a White House-led anti-obesity campaign are among the Obama administration's efforts.
Policy Brief
Short-term aid may have long-term consequences for funds targeting students with disabilities and other disadvantages, researchers say.
State of the States
Harsh conduct codes and heavy police presence may make schools less safe than more flexible measures, write Johanna Wald and Lisa Thurau.
When his students' parents were asked about their high school years, their answers gave Robert L. Hampel a lesson on engagement.
Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, and Ann Lieberman pay tribute to the influential Yale University psychologist and educator, who died on Jan 28, and will be remembered, they write, as a "public intellectual," prolific writer, and mentor.
The future, Stanley N. Rabinowitz writes, will include more flexibility, multiple measures of achievement, different roles for government, and technical innovation.
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