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A report finds that gains on national tests by high-achieving students lagged behind those of students at the low end of the spectrum.
July 16, 2008 – Education Week (Web)

An emerging crop of programs to prepare principals of charter schools shows promise but “miss or treat too lightly” certain crucial issues facing leaders of those independent public schools, a new report says.
July 16, 2008 – Education Week (Web)

Students’ math and reading achievement is improving, and the gap between minority and white children is narrowing, a new study indicates.
July 16, 2008 – Education Week (Web)

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday dealt a blow to educators, proposing $4.8 billion in cuts to California's public schools and possibly restarting a fight that he hoped had ended with the state's largest teachers union.
January 11, 2008 – Education Week (Web)

Students in the highest-performing U.S. states rank well below their peers in the world’s top-achieving countries in mathematics and science skill, according to a new study.
November 13, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

Today is the first day of school for more than 13,000 children enrolled in the Recovery School District, the state-run system that took over most of this city’s public schools in the months after Hurricane Katrina hit two years ago.
September 4, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

An extreme heat wave putting temperatures as high as 102 degrees in the South and Midwest United States has prompted a rash of school closings.
August 28, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

More than 1,200 school, health, and security personnel were briefed on the ever-increasing role that schools must assume in preventing, responding, and coping with tragedy and catastrophe.
August 3, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

Ninety-three percent of teachers reported satisfaction with their jobs 10 years after entering the field, according to a new survey.
August 1, 2007 – Education Week

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is forging ahead with her national “Innovation America” initiative by forming a new foundation and convening a task force to recommend ways of reshaping public schools.
July 24, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

The problems plaguing testing have led states to gravitate to tests that mainly measure low-level skills, Thomas Toch writes.
July 23, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

Paul D. Houston offers a few thoughts on recent No Child Left Behind "studies."
July 23, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

A federal study of No Child Left Behind's school choice and supplemental education services provisions reveals mixed success in boosting student achievement.
June 28, 2007 – Education Week

Experts who have been closely monitoring Philadelphia’s experiment with outside management were divided on exactly what lessons it is yielding for educators.
June 28, 2007 – Education Week

State policies are outdated, both too inflexible and not rigorous enough, and often privilege the interests of teachers over those of students, the report says.
June 27, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

The superintendent of the state-run Recovery School District plans to open 21 more schools this fall and recruit and train teachers to ensure the schools are fully staffed.
June 27, 2007 – Education Week

Gaps in access to technology have not gone away and it is time to get them back onto policymakers’ radar screens, they say.
June 26, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

Wyoming legislators have nearly doubled the amount of aid for education in recent years.
June 20, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

Teacher turnover is estimated to have cost the nation more than $7 billion in the 2003-04 school year alone, asserts a report released today.
June 20, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

Nine major civil rights organizations today called on Congress to make reforming America’s high schools and improving graduation rates for minority students the most urgent priority as it moves forward on renewing the No Child Left Behind Act.
June 19, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a state high school athletic association over whether the group's rules restricting the recruitment of student-athletes conflict with the First Amendment free speech rights of its member schools.
January 8, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

As political dignitaries, family members, and friends said goodbye yesterday in Washington to the nation’s 38th president, others were trying to make sure that his words regarding special education were remembered and heeded.
January 3, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

A continuing dispute between the local teachers' union and school administrators has some education officials in Detroit worried that several alternative schools that opened in August to lure high school dropouts back to the classroom will be forced to close.
December 28, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

A new law in California will make it easier for low-performing schools to pay for repairs to their facilities.
December 28, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

A Los Angeles judge has thrown out a new state law that was to transfer substantial management authority of the sprawling city school system to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, ruling that the legislation violates California's constitution.
December 22, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

Primedia Inc. has announced that it will classify Channel One, the for-profit news network for schools, as a discontinued operation in the fourth quarter of 2006. The move by the New York City-based media company can be construed as a first step by Primedia to rid itself of the network, which has struggled financially for years.
December 22, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

A producer of former Vice President Al Gore’s film about global warming has arranged to have free copies of it given to science teachers through a Web site, after a leading education group made a controversial decision not to distribute the documentary directly to its members.
December 21, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

Illicit drug use among teenagers, as well as alcohol use and smoking, showed a modest decrease from 2005 to 2006, according to a federally financed survey of nearly 48,500 public and private school students nationwide.
December 21, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

As federal funding meant to help the most disadvantaged students makes its way from the halls of the U.S. Capitol down to individual schools, the dollars intended to help poor and minority students are often diverted from the most needy students, concludes a report released today by the Education Trust.
December 20, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

Teachers employed by states rather than districts. Schools no longer run by districts but by independent contractors. Those are just a few of the proposals for overhauling the U.S. education system contained in a new report released here today by a prominent panel whose members include state and local superintendents, former governors and mayors, business executives, and prior U.S. secretaries of education and labor.
December 14, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

With the sponsorship of the Chicago school board, the actor and comedian Bill Cosby brought his sometimes-controversial message about parental responsibility to nearly 10,000 parents here on Dec. 6, urging them to take charge of their households.
December 7, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building were a magnet for hundreds of college and high school students who turned out on a cold and windy Monday to show their support for affirmative action and Brown v. Board of Education, which they believe will be damaged if the court strikes down two voluntary plans used to promote racial diversity in the Jefferson County, Ky., and Seattle schools.
December 4, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

When the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices take the bench on Dec. 4 to hear oral arguments about the use of race in assigning students to public schools, social science research might not be at the top of their minds.
December 1, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to decide a potentially significant case on student freedom of speech. The justices accepted an appeal by an Alaska school district in a case over whether it can discipline a student who displayed a pro-drug banner at a school-sponsored event.
December 1, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

How is the Internet helping to transform classroom learning? And how can education-technology companies better design their products for Web 2.0, the newer and faster-paced version of the Internet?
December 1, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

A prominent science educators’ group has drawn the wrath of supporters of “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s film about global warming, as well as some of its own members, by turning down a request that it distribute 50,000 free copies of the movie.
November 30, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

Elementary students in 10 city school systems struggled to perform simple investigations, interpret basic graphs and diagrams, and understand scientific classifications and relationships, concludes a first-ever report on the science skills of students in large urban districts released today.
November 15, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The New York state education department erred in awarding Reading First grants to New York City and eight other school districts, and could not provide supporting evidence that any of the 66 districts participating in the program met all the requirements of the law, the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Education found in a report released today.
November 3, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

Despite the attention focused on poor and minority students by the No Child Left Behind Act, most states are doing a poor job of narrowing achievement gaps, concludes a “report card” released today by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.
November 1, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to decide whether, and to what extent, parents who are not lawyers have a right to represent their child with disabilities, or themselves, in federal court under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
October 27, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

States and school districts spent almost $600 billion on building and renovating schools from 1995 to 2004, an amount that far exceeds earlier expectations, concludes a report released today. But the money, by and large, did not go to the disadvantaged districts that needed it the most, the authors say.
October 26, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

Public schools will now be able to educate boys and girls separately, if they choose, without fear of violating federal laws and regulations prohibiting sex discrimination.
October 24, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The United States isn’t the only country struggling to attract and retain well-qualified teachers. But compensation strategies being tried in other industrialized nations could give policymakers here some new ways to address the issue, says a new report from the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank.
October 18, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The U.S. departments of Education and Labor, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, should work with the video game industry to support the research and development of video games that promote learning, a report released today recommends.
October 17, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

At a summit on school safety sponsored by the federal government today, President Bush stressed the need for law-enforcement officers, educators, and others who work with children and youths across the country to exchange ideas on how to best prevent school violence. The purpose of the conference, the president said, “has got to be so we share information so we can save lives.”
October 10, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to take up the issue of when a teachers’ union may spend the money it collects in the form of agency fees from nonmembers on its political causes.
September 26, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

A long-awaited inspection of the federal Reading First program found today that federal education officials may have steered the grant-application process for the $1 billion-a-year initiative to ensure that particular reading programs and instructional approaches were widely used by participating schools, and that others were essentially shut out.
September 22, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

As consumer and child-advocacy groups voice objections to a commercial radio venture that aims to outfit school buses with music and advertising that targets children, the safety of offering any radio programming on buses is also being debated.
September 20, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The federal Reading First initiative has led to improved reading instruction, assessment, and student achievement in schools participating in the $1 billion-a-year grant program, as well as in some of the non-participating schools in districts that have widely adopted the principles of the program, a study released today concludes.
September 20, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

The Boston school district on Tuesday won the Broad Prize for Urban Education in recognition of its success improving student performance overall and narrowing achievement gaps between white and minority students.
September 19, 2006 – Education Week (Web)

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