March 14, 2007

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The student-achievement results the president recently cited are from a single subsection of the National Assessment of Educational Progress and tentative Reading First data.
Despite the less-than-weighty incident at its core, this case carries potentially far-reaching consequences.
Some 18 months after Hurricane Katrina, the Recovery School District exemplifies the difficulties of reinstating education in a struggling city.
Diverse groups meet to weigh issues that vex public education.
State and local officials say they're confident the Enterprise, Ala., school did all it could to protect students.
District Dossier
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
Nearly two dozen colleges and universities will work to create doctoral programs geared towards nonacademic careers.
The new mission balances rigorous studies with constituent services.
Political parties offer separate approaches to achieving uniformity.
The early-childhood years provide the "most promising opportunities" for improving the achievement of Hispanic students, a new report says.
Concerns over global competition, the need for a better workforce, and the growing national debt prompted the project.
Union leader Joseph Del Grosso says the campaign will eventually call on teachers to be part of the solution.
Inspector general's report says company did not take appropriate steps to prevent problems.
English-Learners & Immigrants
Report Roundup
Technology Update
Lawmakers are questioning the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, parents' rights, and states' ability to afford the three-shot cycle.
In his first State of the State address, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist pushed for additional funds to expand a program that is under fire in the legislature and in court.
State Journal
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Capitol Recap
State of the States
Reducing teacher-quality gaps in public schools was the central topic of a hearing held in Washington last week.
The Reduced Price School Meal Pilot would allow five states to experiment with eliminating the “reduced price” category for school lunches and breakfasts.
Federal File
Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., says the bill reflects the Republican party's belief in limiting federal government's role in setting education policy.
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at a hearing on “competitiveness.”
The board that oversees the federally sponsored assessment approved the changes to reflect the ways in which technology has changed the way people write.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
A much-debated legal case over the right of a public school student to wear a T-shirt with a religious-based message against homosexuality appears to be fizzling amid knotty procedural issues.
Public Montessori schools across the country are feeling the pressure of staying true to "practical life" teachings while preparing students to meet AYP standards.
A recent study provides support for those who believe that Montessori’s philosophy can develop children who are as successful academically as those who are educated in traditional ways.
After attending an "inane" in-service training seminar, author Kim Chase encourages fellow educators to push for more meaningful professional development.
Anne Macleod Weeks has found more and more students are turning to social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook to help determine the best college fit for them.
Honors & Awards
America's students and their teachers will suffer serious and long-term consequences if the accountability provision of NCLB is not revised, David C. Berliner and Sharon L. Nichols argue.

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