March 28, 2007

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Increased school funds don't always go where lawmakers intended, many state legislators are discovering.
The Reading Recovery tutoring program got a cold shoulder under Reading First, but now has a thumbs-up from the What Works Clearinghouse.
Amid a push for four-year degrees, evidence on the effectiveness of teachers with bachelor's degrees remains unclear.
Federal officials try to counter what they say is misinformation on funds.
Testing student-athletes for drug use may be an effective deterrent, according to preliminary reviews of the program.
District Dossier
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Academic achievement cannot happen without significant emphasis on other factors, including student engagement, a report says.
Lawmakers are debating whether to move the cutoff deadline to an earlier date so children will be at least 5 years old when they start school.
Reporter's Notebook
Researchers are divided on whether streamlining results in cost-efficiency.
Report Roundup
English-Learners & Immigrants
As more states weigh limited choice option, critics see political ploy.
Some states' prepaid-college-tuition plans are on shaky financial ground, forcing officials to close plans to new participants.
State Journal
The state's new plan would give school districts more say in how teachers are rewarded.
Capitol Recap
The Supreme Court's decision could result in more control for administrators.
Revising NCLB accountability provisions to measure a student's academic growth might not be quick or easy, a panel of experts warned.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
A former Department of Education official has agreed to pay a settlement for possible conflict-of-interest charges involving the federal student-loan program.
Through intensive mentoring and training for everyone from novices to leaders, a long-troubled California system is seeing teacher turnover fall and test scores rise.
Education historian and professor emeritus Larry Cuban offers his prescription for future urban school reform efforts.
Kelly Cannard looks at the committed approach of educational leaders in Washington state, and how they were able to galvanize a community of teachers.
Two members of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce answered readers’ questions on readying students for a rapidly changing, globalized world.
Perry A. Zirkel looks at the negative effects of grade inflation, and the No Child Left Behind Act's hand in perpetuating the problem.

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