April 5, 2006

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Maryland became the first state to use its authority under the No Child Left Behind Act to seize control of failing schools when the state board of education voted this week to take over 11 middle and high schools in Baltimore.
If the United States is going to take advantage of the linguistic skills of millions of children in this country who speak languages other than English at home, policy has to change at the district, state, and national levels, experts in the field say. Includes accompanying audio and video.
As waves of students staged walkouts and joined protests last week over proposed punitive changes to federal immigration law, school administrators sought a balance between allowing students to demonstrate peacefully and setting clear expectations that they should return to class soon.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act is prompting many schools to cut back on subjects such as social studies, music, and art to make more time for reading and mathematics, the main subjects tested by the federal law, a study released last week says.
A survey designed to gauge school climate has found that older students and those from some minority groups are more likely than their younger, white counterparts to have negative experiences in school.
District Dossier
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
After a lengthy period of relative harmony, teachers in several big-city districts are raising the stakes in collective bargaining battles.
Early Years
The possibility that the No Child Left Behind Act could trump provisions of collective bargaining agreements with teachers has hung in the air as an open question since before the measure became law in 2002. But it shouldn’t anymore, says a report released last week asserting that the teachers’ contracts have the winning hand.
Wikis are still flying under most schools’ radar screens. And educators who use them must also deal with some privacy and security concerns. Still, education technology experts say wikis show promise for K-12 educators.
A new report concludes that, judging by most indicators of well-being, life has improved over the past 10 years for the nation’s children—except when it comes to their education and health.
Report Roundup
Rural Education
About 1,000 Northern Virginia high school students skipped classes for at least half a day last week to march from a public plaza to the Arlington County Courthouse here, symbolically uniting with peers from across the country to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants.
A roundup of the Arabic language instruction offered in the Dearborn, Mich., school district.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and fellow Republicans in the state legislature are working on several fronts to respond to a recent court decision that struck down a statewide voucher program.
Despite a recent string of legal and political setbacks, critics of the theory of evolution have taken up their fight once again in statehouses across the country.
State Journal
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
State of the States
The House of Representatives approved a measure to reauthorize the Higher Education Act last week that would establish or bolster several programs aimed at improving K-12 education, including the creation of a corps of “adjunct teachers” to lead classes in math, science, and critical foreign languages.
The Department of Education has issued final rules underscoring that school districts must accommodate the Boy Scouts of America and certain other youth groups that ask to use schools for meetings and recruitment.
Federal File
The Department of Education has issued new guidance for school districts on how to devise schoolwide plans for Title I money aimed at raising the achievement of disadvantaged students.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
For one freshman from a virtually all-white town, enrolling in a historically black university has been a lesson in diversity and self-discovery.
The authors of an independent study of the Boston public school system and its leadership claim that a similar method of study and investigation can help save other districts undergoing leadership changes a lot of time, money, and despair.
The executive director of the nonprofit Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use gives educators the heads-up on becoming more involved in the online lives of young people.
On March 23, readers questioned Norma Jean Taylor, a veteran English and drama teacher in Kansas City, Mo., about the effects of her disability—spinocerebellar degenerative syndrome—on her teaching, her students, and her relationships with other staff members at the small, Christian school where she teaches.
James W. Guthrie and Matthew G. Springer state that pay-for-performance programs might just be another item on the list of once fashionable but now faded education innovations.

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