July 18, 2007

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The space shuttle Endeavour's mission includes a list of activities to be led by teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara R. Morgan.
The momentum for improving high schools in the nation’s second-largest district has been coming from outsiders, centering largely on the fate of one troubled campus.
Many educators are recommitting themselves to strive for racial diversity in K-12 education, but the court's decision has left them speculating about which tactics will withstand legal challenges.
District Dossier
The American Federation of Teachers calls on districts—along with unions—to review their own hiring and placement practices.
A recent study concludes that two-thirds of the reading achievement gap can be linked to what students learned—or failed to learn—over their childhood summers.
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Advocates for rural education are seeking to cultivate and sustain their schools’ workforce.
The nation’s governors are stepping up efforts to increase control over their colleges and universities.
Incorporating computer-based features into the reading curriculum helps teachers address their students’ varying skills and experience.
How can districts organize and manage themselves to achieve excellence in every school and classroom?
Studies suggest that recruits have higher college-entrance examination scores and degrees from choosier colleges.
The U.S. Department of Education hopes the site will become more nimble and relevant for practitioners and policymakers.
Report Roundup
The agreement is striking, given the often acrimonious relationship between the charter movement and teachers’ unions.
Charter Schools
Students’ progress over their academic careers could be tracked across states.
Most states have yet to give local school districts assistance in how to translate English-language proficiency standards into a curriculum.
State Journal
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Capitol Recap
Capitol Recap
Congress may scuttle a $5 million evaluation of the national program for low-income high school students because it calls for randomly assigning students to either the program or a control group.
Some disability-rights advocates fear high standards for students with disabilities could be sacrificed as states seek more flexibility in NCLB.
Federal File
The chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee signaled that he’ll propose some major changes in his reauthorization bill.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Nuances in the justices’ opinions leave significant protection for more serious political and social expression by students.
Pursuing its own vision of classroom quality, a charter school chain is staking out turf on the teacher-training terrain.
It is time for higher education to take a far greater, and significantly different, responsibility for pre-K-12 schooling, Timothy Knowles, Stephen Raudenbush, and Henry S. Webber write.
If higher test scores are achieved by mandating that teachers follow a script and eschew spontaneity and passion, we will find few great teachers left in the classroom, says Nancy Ginsburg Gill.
What's left for educators after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling?, ask Gary Orfield and Erica Frankenberg in this Education Week Commentary.

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