June 6, 2007

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Scores on state tests have increased consistently and significantly in the five years since the No Child Left Behind Act became law, a new report concludes.
Under the Cristo Rey-style model that the federal government has proposed, students could work up to eight hours a day during some school days.
A Texas school district marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision which barred it, and other public school systems, from charging tuition for undocumented children.
A new school governance arrangement will link the Omaha, Neb., district with 10 surrounding school districts—financially as well as educationally.
District Dossier
There was a 213 percent jump from 1997-2005 in the number of Hispanic students taking the exams, and a 177 percent increase over the same period for black students.
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Recent studies have shown that a computer-based training program developed in Sweden helps sharpen the “working memory” skills of children and teenagers with ADHD.
Report Roundup
The Model U.N. program infuses lessons on international affairs, human rights, global trade, and world politics to help students find the relevance in often dry subjects.
Early Years
In a close-knit Texas city, many of those involved in the Plyer v. Doecase remain, assess impact.
The legislature passed a number of other K-12 education-related measures, including an ambitious steroid-testing program for high school athletes.
Policymakers are struggling over funding programs and determining which children will qualify.
State Journal
Capitol Recap
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Legal experts disagree about whether a rush to the courthouse will result after the U.S. Supreme court ruled that parents can represent themselves in special education cases.
Federal File
The governing board must decide whether to allow comparisons of student scores over time when they implement a new test in 2009.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Chinese leaders are redesigning the way students are taught math and science so the younger generation will be prepared to help a changing society move forward.
The main problem with history textbooks is their very existence, writes Sam Wineburg.
There are few global issues more pressing than education, yet the international community has been slow to heed its own rhetoric, writes Carol Bellamy.
Reviews of the rising number of books dealing with the numerous challenges to the teaching of evolution in the nation's public schools.
Does the federal No Child Left Behind Act represent a historic advance for civil rights, or a giant step backward for the children it purports to help?

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Many challenges face teachers and students in China’s rapidly changing society. This special series examines education in China today.

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