June 20, 2007

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Thousands of teachers have not been paid properly for months because of errors in a corporate-style payroll system.
Educators are creating public schools designed to serve African-American males under new federal rules on single-gender education.
How can the federal law be changed to make sure struggling schools get help?
Fewer than half the states require students to take even a basic course in economics.
District Dossier
A new study suggests that teachers are adjusting their teaching practices in response to the law—but not always in ways that educators and policymakers might want.
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
A pair of programs in Mesa, Ariz., blend mathematics with flight simulators, aeronautics, and even mock space-shuttle missions.
At a research workshop hosted by the National Academies, scholars debated what students need to know for future employment.
Public schools in cities often charge higher fees to students from rural areas.
From middle-class urbanites to migrant workers, an increasingly diverse cross section of Chinese families is turning to private schools.
Work on rebuilding Afghanistan’s school system has been challenged by insurgents who have made schools one of their primary targets.
Report Roundup
Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty assumed power over the city's schools last week and immediately named Michelle A. Rhee as his schools chief.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received an $8 million grant to conduct research on teaching children with autism spectrum disorders.
The U.S. Department of Education gave “positive” ratings to just two of the programs and rated seven more as “potentially positive.”
Teaching & Learning Update
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushing a proposal to recruit professionals from the fields of math, science, and technology into teaching positions.
State Journal
The new law aims to slash number of districts—a move that state officials project to save tens of millions of dollars each year in administrative costs.
Capitol Recap
A federal audit has faulted the Illinois state board of education for failing to adequately monitor how two school districts used their Title I money.
Alaska schools chief Roger Sampson wants the group to work to implement successful education policies across the country.
But the court’s unanimous ruling will likely do little harm in the long run to the Washington Education Association or other public-employee unions.
Federal File
Support for the law grew substantially when questioners described its goals and emphasis on holding schools to academic standards, according to the survey.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' commission found that schools cited as dangerous need targeted assistance, not just a punitive label.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
The North East Independent School District in Texas says a focus on data and team teaching have raised scores.
If student data guide the ship at the North East Independent School District here, teachers are the invaluable crew.
Research rarely leads to significant change because it is often expensive to apply or is a threat to the status quo, says Ronald A. Wolk.
Charters come in many sizes and shapes, so why not also have religious charter schools?, Lawrence D. Weinberg and Bruce S. Cooper ask.
Like America, Australia could do with a curricular makeover, higher standards, and universal accountability, writes Chester E. Finn Jr.

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