February 21, 2007

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New Orleans struggles with teacher and principal shortages.
The Bush administration and education groups are now waiting to hear from the institution that matters most: Congress.
An Education Week review of hundreds of e-mail exchanges details a pattern of federal interference in the program that skirted legal prohibitions.
Efforts would scrutinize their own institutions of higher education to see what they are doing right, or wrong, in preparing new teachers.
One family is seeking a ruling that nonlawyers may represent their children.
Wide-ranging changes in education from the early years through college are needed, they say.
Children & Families
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Obituary
A business-oriented tool weighs operations and outcomes for schools.
Researchers delve into causes and implications of fear of the subject.
Report Roundup
Teaching & Learning Update
Teaching & Learning Update
English-Learners & Immigrants
The state's academic standards and funding method are viewed as in need of changes.
The nation’s first universal statewide voucher program has been signed into law, but its legal future is anything but certain.
State Journal
States have taken significant steps to ensure that students are prepared for college and the workforce.
Williamson M. Evers has been tapped to fill the federal position of assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development.
The Department of Education’s bottom line will grow for the first time after two years of stagnant funding.
Federal File
The Senate education committee last week approved a bipartisan bill to reauthorize Head Start that would expand eligibility for the federal preschool program.
Recently adopted policies require federal contractors to provide fingerprints and background information.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
The Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind is the latest organization to issue recommendations for the reauthorization of the main federal K-12 education law.
Despite resistance, the Cornhusker State counts on its local assessments to meet federal mandates for school accountability.
After first rejecting the state’s approach outright, federal officials now say it is nearing compliance.
Daniel L. Duke, research director of the Partnership for Leaders in Education at the University of Virginia, shares what he and his colleagues are learning about improving low-performing schools.
Schools should embrace instructional strategies that encourage civic engagement, writes Jeffery J. Miller.
Letters
Letters
A Feb. 8 online discussion centered on ideas for improving the federal No Child Left Behind Act, specifically the intensive review of the law undertaken by one community, Rockland County, N.Y., which resulted in a 72-page report with recommendations for changes.
Letters
Deadlines
Events
The need for a national system to share student information has become even more pronounced in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, writes John F. Pane.

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