September 5, 2007

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Two charter schools declare that their intentions are mainstream—and completely legal—and that they will be under the supervision of their local school districts.
Studies find that ‘highly qualified’ definitions differ broadly across states.
As states look for ways to hold school districts accountable for how they use big increases in K-12 funding, New York’s experience may offer a test case in directing the flow of new money.
The draft outlines key House members’ plans to change the accountability system by measuring students’ academic growth and adding other indicators to those in reading and mathematics.
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Florida became the latest state to create a database where the public can check out which teachers have been disciplined on charges such as drug possession and sexual abuse.
The grants will fund in-depth principal-preparation programs ranging from vigorous recruitment efforts to on-the-job coaching and mentoring.
Composite SAT scores dipped for the second year in a row since the college-entrance exam’s overhaul in 2005, sparking debate over the significance, if any, of such short-term declines.
Vicki L. Phillips is often described as a decisive leader with a deep understanding of education and the political savvy to advance an agenda.
As lawmakers push to expand a children’s health-insurance program partially financed by the federal government, the Bush administration’s new guidelines restrict enrollment.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that fiscal 2009 will be “the year of education reform.”
State Journal
Members of Congress have introduced more than 100 bills to amend the law.
Federal File
Special education advocacy groups offered a mixed assessment of the draft proposal for reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act.
Observers raised concerns about how a draft plan to reauthorize NCLB would affect English-language learners.
The House Education and Labor Committee’s “discussion draft” bill for reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act would make a number of changes in the way adequate yearly progress is calculated.
The 2003 winner of the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education is in the running again, showing how a district can build on its reform efforts.
Gerald W. Bracey writes about the educational disparities between schools that have decent scores on standardized tests and those that don't.
Why has the school choice movement been so slow to spread?, Paul T. Hill asks.
Steven Horwitz offers ideas about what high schools could do to help.
The federal law deviates substantially from Albert Shanker's original vision for standards-based reform, writes Richard D. Kahlenberg.

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