March 14, 2012

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The SUN Community Schools network provides lessons on scaling up and sustainability.
Cash-strapped school districts turn to outside groups for help in paying for staff and academic essentials, prompting frustration from some.
Because of its emphasis in the common-core standards, millions of teachers are faced with increasing their use of nonfiction.
New statistics show that students with disabilities and black students are most likely to be restrained or isolated in school.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Teacher job satisfaction is the lowest it’s been in more than two decades—the result, in part of a sour economy and education budget cuts.
One group of experts says socioeconomic integration could save society money and improve low-income children's learning.
Jodi Conrad's class at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn, Ill., is among a growing number that use social media and other technology to supplement lessons, even for very young students.
Behind that call may be the reality that teachers and students are already driving change, and it’s up to technology leaders to harness it for good.
Claims of enrollment hurdles for special education students seeking private school vouchers prove hard to nail down.
The agreement ends a federal probe into whether Anoka-Hennepin schools could have done more to address gay-related bullying.
Best of the Blogs
In an interview with Education Week, Jaime Casap addresses the Internet giant's strategic push into the education market.
Technology companies such as IBM and Microsoft will help design curriculum to develop students’ technology skills and prepare them for jobs.
Its governing board is looking at collecting more background data to help gauge why some states and districts perform better than others.
School districts and local unions still have to hammer out details in the wake of a grand bargain on teacher evaluations.
Policy Brief
Students who aren't developmentally ready to set and achieve the goal of a college education need support within schools and beyond, Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne M. Bouffard write.
Character education and building meaningful relationships with students can be big steps in helping school communities prevent tragedies, writes Mark Hyatt.
Peter W. Cookson Jr. recommends revamping the U.S. Education Department to reflect 21st-century needs.
Letters
Linda Darling-Hammond says new teacher-evaluation methods are needed, but judging teachers based on student test scores does more harm than good.
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 Lumina Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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