October 17, 2007

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Not all educators agree that the best ways to teach mathematics include giving students electronic calculators. But many do.
Lawmakers' proposals for reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act could reduce the focus on randomized experiments.
Children with disabilities may face challenges in maintaining healthy body weights, including a lack of outlets designed to help them engage in physical activity.
The school district is mounting an ambitious campaign to keep students in school, making use of popular so-called "Web 2.0" tools.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The rigorous assessment requires aspiring educators to show students are learning before they earn their preliminary licenses.
A new nonprofit initiative has begun doling out grants to states to replicate two Texas programs that have received widespread acclaim.
The new partnership hopes to carry out research with practical applications to inform and guide the nation’s biggest school district.
State Journal
The state is now recruiting private-sector volunteers to reduce the number of dropouts in their communities.
Ohio’s new attorney general is turning to the court system to shut down charter schools he argues have shown consistently poor academic results.
Federal File
The lone education case granted so far in the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term has come to a quick conclusion.
President Bush spoke about NCLB last week and added two words to his typical description of the law’s central goal: “or above.”
Much about the treatment facilities for troubled teenagers remains unknown, the federal government reports.
Some of the lowest-performing schools in the Miami-Dade County, Fla., district could soon be weaned from three years of strategic support. Will they be able to sustain their progress?
Are we helping students and teachers with our assessment practices, or contributing to their problems?, Rick Stiggins asks.
Barbara M. Stock fears that the current emphasis on standardization forces schools to abandon the "essential lessons" for becoming a good American.
Teacher Agusta Lind starts the school year with lessons about everything but lessons.
Joseph P. Viteritti explains why he finds the idea of religious charter schools problematic.

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