October 12, 2011

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New data showing that black and Hispanic pupils are more likely to be expelled adds to a growing critique on school discipline.
House and Senate bills take different stances toward funding formula-grant programs and Obama administration initiatives.
When therapists are scarce, some schools are turning to online speech lessons.
Some $800 million in money set aside for Supplemental Education Services is being freed up under the Obama administration's NCLB waiver plan.
News in Brief
Correction
Report Roundup
Obituary
Report Roundup
Schools in four states are restructuring their academic programs into "lower division" and "upper division" courses aimed at readying all students for community college by the end of their sophomore year.
Hopefuls vie for the latest $30 million in awards to help nonprofits and schools pair up on K-12 wraparound services.
Politicians, educators, and nonprofit leaders meet to discuss the importance of using data to support the college- and career-ready agenda.
The Safe Routes to School program has received $820 million in federal aid to promote walking to school and reducing childhood obesity, but changing public behavior has proven challenging.
The U.S. Education Department unveils criteria for a "green schools" competition, while states and districts move forward with plans for the topic.
Best of the Blogs
With the Palatometer, speech teachers get a "mouths-eye" view of where students' speech patterns go wrong.
Officials move to reassure parents with new law in effect requiring data collection on immigration status of students.
Justices hear arguments pitting employment-discrimination protections against churches' rights to make job decisions.
Policy Brief
The cost of testing is a paper tiger; instead, criticism should be leveled at how we assess students, argues Bill Tucker.
The problem of cheating goes deeper than test scores to questions of how well all students are prepared to learn, Ellen Balleisen writes.
Inviting students to engage in the learning process is an important and humbling step to keeping the classroom lively, writes Peter Huidekoper Jr.
Letters
Contrary to popular opinion, senior teachers can support new teachers and evaluate them well, Julia Koppich and Daniel Humphrey write.
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