February 15, 2006

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President Bush’s blueprint for federal education spending in the next fiscal year includes a high-profile plan to boost math and science education, new money for private school vouchers, a renewed push to improve high schools—and the most drastic cut in Department of Education funding in more than a decade.
A new state law meant to purge Michigan schools of sex offenders has stirred up a fierce dispute over privacy rights, as innocent school employees have begun learning that they have been misidentified as criminals.
The Bush administration is trying to take a more aggressive role in strengthening math education, using its sweeping, and sometimes controversial, endeavors in reading as a guide.
The percentage of high school seniors passing an Advanced Placement test has increased in every state over the past five years, says a report released as the White House pushes a proposal to encourage even more students to take those exams.
The New Orleans teachers’ union and a lawyer for several local families have sued to force the opening of more public schools in the storm-ravaged city, but state education officials contend that enough space is available at the schools already operating.
District Dossier
People in the News
With social-networking Web sites such as MySpace.com, Xanga.com, and Facebook.com enjoying explosive popularity among students nationwide, educators and parent groups are taking steps to minimize the dangers of the Internet sensation.
One researcher has found that non-traditional teaching techniques that draw on popular urban culture may be an effective way to help disadvantaged black students master complex literature in the classroom.
Officials from Sports Illustrated announced last week that the magazine will join forces with two Oregon-based programs that discourage steroid and drug use by adolescent males and promote healthier lifestyles among young women.
A spate of new and not-yet-published studies on Advanced Placement programs suggest that it may take more than increasing the numbers of students in AP classes and adding more teachers to produce measurable learning gains for young people.
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
Parents and students don’t feel the same sense of urgency about mathematics and science education that President Bush and many business and education leaders do, a survey suggests.
Gov. Jon S. Corzine of New Jersey last week signed an executive order designed to get the state’s problem-plagued School Construction Corp. back on track.
State Journal
State of the States
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
State of the States
The Department of Education has released an audit of the Education Leaders Council that concludes the nonprofit group misused nearly a half-million dollars in federal grant money.
Department of Education officials set a challenging goal for themselves soon after the revised Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act was signed into law in late 2004: complete the regulations in a year’s time to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the law.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Funding for Head Start and a host of other child-related programs would hold steady under President Bush’s proposed fiscal 2007 budget plan for agencies outside the Department of Education.
President Bush outlined a fiscal 2007 budget request that proposes a 3.8 percent decline in overall Department of Education spending, even while seeking new programs. To pay for those additions, plus increases in others, he’s asking for a host of cuts.
When President Bush released his spending plan for fiscal 2007 last week, his administration simultaneously unveiled a new Internet site that officials say is aimed at making sure taxpayers know how well, or how poorly, federal programs are working.
In the last district in Mississippi to reopen following Hurricane Katrina, educators struggle to keep school while putting their lives back together. Includes accompanying photo gallery with audio: The 'New Normal.'
For Mississippi school districts damaged by Hurricane Katrina, long-awaited financial help from the federal government is on the way.
Philip Daro writes that the answer to U.S. students' mathematics woes lies in the effective teaching of skills, problem-solving, and concepts.
On Feb. 1, Education Week readers questioned Marshall S. Smith, the U.S. undersecretary of education during the Clinton administration and now the program director for education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, about the next steps for standards-based education reform.
Do alternative teacher-preparation programs attract candidates to teaching, and do they provide what they promise?

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