February 14, 2007

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The move reflects a growing demand for early-childhood teachers.
New state bill would provide $500 per year to students who want to attend private school.
Democrats say the proposed spending plan falls short of what schools need to meet achievement goals.
District Dossier
The spread of proven programs would pay dividends, concludes a recent study.
More explicit and targeted goals help drive data-wise decisionmaking in schools, finds a new study.
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Some say it could be a burden for schools to enforce state mandates requiring the vaccine.
Girls' self-control may help explain boys' lower grades, researchers say.
Handwritten NAEP tests for 8th and 12th graders might be replaced.
Report Roundup
President Karen Aronowitz receives mixed reviews for her leadership of the troubled United Teachers of Dade union.
Washington Teachers' Union members express mixed feelings about President George Parker, who has been leading the organization since 2005.
Leaders of the Saulte Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians have said they would shut down the school as a charter entity rather than accept a union.
As residents continue to return to the hurricane-battered city, officials struggle to accommodate more students.
Critics fear the proposal would sweep aside local control, cost hundreds of administrators their jobs, and force school closures.
Under the proposed plan, a portion of property-tax revenue would go to communities that already have committed substantial money to scholarships.
State Journal
State of the States
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Witnesses offered ideas for fixing the lowest-achieving schools, including closing failing schools and restarting them from scratch.
Early-childhood education advocates criticize the proposal and call for additional funds.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
The performance of Asian-American students has been largely ignored in the national debate over raising student achievement. But experts say it’s high time for a closer look at a very diverse group.
The University of California made admissions history last spring when, for the first time, Asian-Americans constituted the largest single racial group to receive admission offers across the system’s undergraduate campuses.
Lisa Snell and Shikha Dalmia write about the successes of the weighted-student formula in one of two California school districts.
Leonard B. Stevens writes that colorblindness erases history and ignores reality, making it impractical in today's education system.
These book reviews cover child soldiers, the war diaries of young people, and patriotism in U.S. schools.
A mix of reviews covering biographies, evolution, and school safety.
A roundup of books that tackle school fundraising, Amish and Mennonite schools, the SATs, and more.
Readers and guests discussed the topic of time and learning, specifically the recommendations of a national panel financed by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Time, Learning, and Afterschool Task Force, whose report was released in January.
Honors & Awards
Stay the course? Surge? Or rethink the mission? John Merrow warns against the pitfalls of new strategic thinking in operation No Child Left Behind.

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