January 24, 2007

This Issue
Vol. 26, Issue 20
toc cover
Past Issues

For past issues, select from the drop-down menu.

After-school programs, extended days, mentoring, and student internships are some of the recommendations for school reform.
Only one elementary school math program has received even a qualified nod from evaluators for its research record.
Pressure from supporters and critics, as well as the changing education landscape, will challenge the union's strategic goals.
Lawmakers argue there is little evidence that board-certified teachers improve student performance more than their peers.
District Dossier
Schools would get about $10 million in federal funds to rebuild after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The governor's chief of staff is appointed to the control board of one of the state's worst-performing school districts.
Rising test scores and an improving graduation rate signal it's time for the next stage of reforms, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg says.
Charter Schools
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
Disappointing numbers fuel call for steps aimed at boosting student participation.
An interactive guidance system will help students fulfill the state’s requirement that they complete an "individual learning plan" to graduate from high school.
Teaching & Learning Update
The goal of universal primary education by 2015 will not be met unless political and financial aid increases.
Philanthropy Update
Report Roundup
The U.S. Department of Education wants its clearinghouse to become more relevant to educators in the field, according to bid specifications for potential contractors that the agency published last month.
The union's demonstrated commitment to the so-called "dropout crisis" furthers several of its strategic goals.
Gov. Deval L. Patrick, who took office Jan. 5, has made public preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as full-day kindergarten, central elements of his education platform.
The new changes aim to meet federal requirements, though some officials protest.
State Journal
Gov. Bill Richardson is proposing to relieve overcrowding, double prekindergarten enrollment, and give a tax credit to some highly qualified teachers.
State of the States
State of the States
State of the States
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
A bill approved last week in the House of Representatives would gradually reduce the current annual interest rate on new, federally subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduates.
New proposals focus on improving the skills of math and science teachers and creating more incentives for teachers to enter and stay in the profession.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Maryland’s scramble to get middle school students up to date on their vaccinations serves as a warning for school and public-health officials nationwide.
Too often, writes Saul Cooperman, parents of urban school students are part of the problem, rather than the solution to raising student performance.
Rather than a top-down approach to school reform, we should focus on the educational experiences of individual students, writes George Wood.
David S. Spence answered questions on a topic he addressed in depth in a special Commentary for Quality Counts 2007.
Feather O. Houstoun offers a framework for communities to help struggling students and out-of-school youths.

Most Popular Stories