June 13, 2007

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Districts and unions are making agreements as they struggle to fulfill federal mandates.
Critics argue that the loss of students at some of the network's public schools is alarmingly high.
A federal analysis would appear to back up the suspicions of some researchers and other observers who have cast a skeptical eye on state data.
Low pay and a need for benefits are viewed as being major concerns for home-based operators.
The Arts for All program has expanded to 27 districts serving some 450,000 public school students.
People in the News
Experts estimate that only three states have looked to see if "supplemental educational services" are boosting students’ scores on state tests.
Teaching is one of the most stable and respected careers in China, but changes to the society and the education system are putting new pressures on teachers.
An elective class for M.B.A. students probes the link between effective leadership and better outcomes.
Report Roundup
The program has had the most significant effect in improving classroom activities and materials.
Report Roundup
A report foresees a vibrant, hands-on role for businesses in combating the much-publicized shortfall of math and science teachers in K-12 schools.
State Journal
The exams would supplement—and could eventually compete with—the state’s unique patchwork of district-level assessments.
Officials respond to audits and debate expanding programs.
The Texas Education Agency stresses that it uses a high threshold in making charges against schools or school districts.
A flaw in a statewide test has widened into a full-scale debate with national implications: Is too much riding on one fallible assessment?
Gov. Deval L. Patrick has spelled out an ambitious set of goals for the coming decade that has education interest groups supporting his vision.
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Capitol Recap
Federal File
Two groups are gearing up for a debate over potentially major changes to the $1.2 billion-a-year federal impact-aid program.
The $1.03 billion program would take a cut of $630 million, or 61 percent, in the $56 billion fiscal 2008 spending bill for the Department of Education.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Common wisdom says as many as half of new teachers quit after five years. The half-dozen Education Week profiled starting out are still teaching, though only two are in needy schools.
"About half of all new teachers leave the profession after just five years on the job."
This intuitively appealing approach promises far more than it can deliver.
An increasing number of students don’t see anything wrong with cheating.
Honors & Awards
To have a valid growth model, schools need what families have: a common yardstick.

Special Series

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

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