March 30, 2011

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Those choosing to take part in the federal program and those opting out share similar goal, despite differing resources.
Lawsuits, e-mail “blasts,” phone banks, and rallies are among the tools unions are using to mobilize teachers and public support.
Multiple meanings of the word are driving some of the debate around translation of the common standards into classroom use.
New research shows that, when students succeed at cheating on tests, they get duped into thinking they're smarter than they really are.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Detroit proposes to turn over 41 low-performing schools to charter operators, joining a growing list of districts embracing that strategy.
A report recommends the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards have teachers submit portfolios with the extra data.
To cope with shrinking budgets, school districts around the country are making cuts in programs once thought untouchable.
The Education Department is soliciting contract proposals for a new generation of regional education laboratories—just as federal lawmakers target the long-running program for elimination.
School officials from Uruguay, Ireland, and other countries discuss how their students are using technology for learning.
A five-year-old research collaboration between researchers and some of the nation's largest school districts sheds some light on how students can better understand academic language.
Education leaders from around the world come together to discuss improving the teaching profession.
Best of the Blogs
Advocates, states, and districts remain anxious amid sharply contrasting views in Congress on spending cuts, as the latest budget deadline looms.
Oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to suggest a split on the rights of students interrogated at school.
Policy Brief
Amid budget uncertainty, the Education Department's proposal lays out what would be expected from applicants for the comprehensive program aimed a high-needs children.
A rewrite of ESEA should make over the program's "supplement, not supplant" and comparability provisions, experts argue.
State of the States
Some states are scaling back ambitious plans and deadlines as they implement their education-reform plans.
The only way to make large-scale improvements in schools is by developing and rigorously evaluating promising methods, and then scaling up the ones that work, Robert E. Slavin writes.
Veteran teacher Virginia E. Harper writes that legislation in her state, Florida, makes her feel that lawmakers don't value the doctorate she worked hard to earn.
In order for educators to create a safe environment for students at risk of being bullied, the legal groundwork must be laid, writes Stephen T. Russell.
Letters
In the first of a seven-part series on education reform, Jal D. Mehta, Louis M. Gomez, and Anthony S. Bryk write that to educate all students to high levels, we must break the bureaucratic model of schooling.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Wallace Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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