July 14, 2010
Vol. 29, Issue 36
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Nearly half the states have already adopted the English and math standards, with little opposition or public fanfare.
For-profit online course providers are expanding in the K-12 market, but experts urge schools to critically evaluate the benefits the companies tout.
Six years after IDEA ushered in federal ratings of state special education programs, it’s not clear if the process is worth the effort.
An Education Week analysis sifts through some $13 billion in proposals vying for the $650 million in federal innovation grants.
News in Brief
- Pittsburgh Teacher Pact Tests New Pay Elements
- Minimum Student Grades Can't Be Required in Texas
- Chicago Changes Layoff Rules
- Georgia Bans Student Restraints
- Court Blocks School Closings
- Lawsuit Links Rural Schools, National Security
- NEA Votes 'No Confidence' in Race to Top
- Ed. Department Names Head Of English-Language Office
- Student Test Scores Improve at Merged Detroit Schools
- Missouri Cuts Funding for Parents as Teachers Program
News in Brief
Two states and several districts join Chicago and New York City in banning the forced transfer of teachers to specified schools.
Studies warn the state's policies could widen academic gaps between English-language learners and their mainstream peers.
The College Board and the National Science Foundation are among those pressing initiatives to expose more students to the subject.
Even while some districts cut back on summer school, others are reinventing it to make the experience enjoyable for students.
As Boston, Chicago, and New York look to online credit-recovery programs, some say state "seat-time" rules need re-examining.
The consortia submitted applications to the U.S. Department of Education for money to craft assessments aligned to the common standards.
Schools in high-poverty areas could skip the paperwork and serve free meals to all students under the proposals pending in Congress.
The student-achievement findings are in contrast to those from the first two years of the study, which showed no effects on scores.
Mathematica compared results for students who won lotteries to attend 36 charter middle schools with those of their peers who lost out in the random-assignment process.
Across 22 schools studied, researchers found few signs that schools were 'creaming' the best students or pushing out low achievers.
Though seen as a national model, a law putting new demands on charter sponsors is prompting some to consider leaving authorizing.
Best of the Blogs
They say there are benefits and drawbacks to doing business with for-profit online course providers.
As the GOP seeks to retake Congress, some hopefuls take sharp aim at the Education Department and the stimulus.
Some still await federal approval—and money—for plans to overhaul poorly performing schools starting this fall.
Congressional efforts to save teacher jobs in part by cutting Race to the Top has states and the administration pushing back.
Lost taxes and tourism revenue due to the BP crisis could add pressure to cash-strapped K-12 budgets in Gulf Coast states.
The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended late last month was not nearly as significant for education law as the court’s previous term.
The Supreme Court nominee, who worked on K-12 policy in the Clinton White House, tells senators a judge's job is "all about law."
The late West Virginia Democrat was behind legislation requiring time be set aside to teach students about the U.S. Constitution.
Some local officials in New Jersey worry that a lower cap would erode revenue for already stretched K-12 budgets.
PAGE 30 - Commentary
Jennifer Steele, Richard Murnane, and John Willett examine new incentives for college graduates to choose jobs where they're most needed, like teaching in high-need schools.
Archie E. Lapointe applauds Diane Ravitch's reassessment of her views, and says it places her in good company in the evolution of learning theory.
PAGE 31 - Commentary
A free-wheeling meeting she recently observed, writes Kirsten Olson, gave her hope that principals will adapt themselves to unfamiliar new roles in student learning.
PAGE 40 - Commentary
Greg Richmond, who heads the national group representing charter authorizers, suggests six criteria for ensuring the quality of governing boards.
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