October 13, 2010

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States are ramping up the pressure on school districts to show how they will deliver on ambitious education policy changes.
A new settlement in Los Angeles curbs the district's use of 'last hired, first fired' policies when struggling schools are disproportionately affected.
By including students in teachers' professional development sessions, a N.J. school aims to open educators' eyes to their students' potential.
Federal civil rights officials step up plans to investigate districts when their discipline policies have a disparate impact on different groups of students—even when discrimination was never the intent.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A report suggests that too few teachers are entering the teaching force with an adequate understanding of children and adolescents' development.
Low-income, minority students enroll and do better in college with adequate high school preparation, an ACT study finds.
South Carolina is launching a new student-information system that officials say takes a quantum leap in technology that can track students' progress and find ways to improve instruction.
Two of the state's largest school districts say the teamwork has saved jobs and increased the efficiency of sharing data on such matters as student performance.
The school system has agreed to take steps to make up for having violated the civil rights to thousands of students needing English instruction.
A national survey suggests that, while people are becoming more aware of learning disabilities, about half of the public still believes home environments or laziness are at least partly to blame.
Data show that children who attended advanced kindergarten scored better on end-of-the-year literacy tests than their counterparts in other programs.
Best of the Blogs
Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and Republican challenger John Kasich battle over a school-finance model amid a gloomy economic landscape.
Advocates hope momentum from the community college event translates into more attention to issues such as college readiness.
Policy Brief
Technical problems and performance issues have drawn criticism, though officials say they're making progress.
Recent studies showing a negative correlation between the two may not tell the whole story, write Elisabeth Stock and Ray Fisman.
John W. Myres, a retired teacher and superintendent, asks whether today's rush to require the subject reflects real-world realities.
Educators must turn the politics of cultural difference into a "new foundation" for American progress, write Michael H. Levine and Esther Wojcicki.
Letters
Low-performing schools are hurt most when layoffs mean losing those hired to turn them around, write Rob Manwaring and Tim Sullivan.
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