October 24, 2007

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The Associated Press investigates a widespread problem in American schools: sexual misconduct by the very teachers who are supposed to be nurturing the nation’s children.
With an array of new curriculum resources, teachers are finding ways to give their students a more comprehensive look at genocide historically and in current events.
Educators and experts want to refine Reading First to better cater to children acquiring English.
Americans who want to see school improvement that is focused less on test-scores and more on engaging teachers and principals should look to the North.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Is Reading First working? Advocates claim it is and critics say it isn’t, while others contend there isn’t enough information to know.
The plan would give cash bonuses to teachers at high-needs schools that raise student test scores.
Problems with the district's computerized payroll system resulted in thousands of teachers being overpaid or underpaid for the first two months of the 2007-08 school year.
The connection between parental influence and children’s interest in math and science has received increasing attention among researchers, as educators search for ways to urge more students to pursue the subjects.
A national report indicates that infections from a virulent strain of bacterium may be more common than previously thought.
Researchers are developing tools and techniques to improve the academic achievement of students who are most likely to suffer from negative stereotypes in the classroom.
Special Education
The Premier’s policies include salary increases and engendered trust.
Associated Press reporters in every state and the District of Columbia worked for months to provide a national look at sexual misconduct among educators.
Girls often are ostracized for bringing down educators, while boys are seen as ‘lucky’.
More than 300 California educators had their teaching licenses revoked or suspended because of sex-related offenses from 2001 through 2005. But you can’t tell that from the state’s enforcement records.
States are dealing with complications over funding, resistance from residents, and criticism that the plans may not save as much money as promised.
Public schools in Illinois are grappling with how to go about providing a moment of silence for students each day, after the state legislature this month overrode the governor’s veto of the requirement.
State Journal
Districts will be eligible to receive a share of more than $70 million for supplemental instruction and counseling services targeting students who have not passed the state’s high school exit exam.
The administration has threatened a presidential veto of a number of appropriations bills because they contain more money than the president requested for fiscal 2008.
This week marked the first time President Bush said he would veto a reauthorization bill that did not include the accountability rules and school choice measures that he favors.
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t be resolving an important question about private school placements under federal special education law in its current term.
Federal File
In a conservative state, where the public schools remain popular, an ambitious new voucher program faces a fierce ballot challenge.
Stephen Fink and Max Silverman offer specific strategies to increase the likelihood of small schools’ success.
The colorblind ideal is seductive, but history tells us that it fails as a practical strategy to improve race relations, Zoë Burkholder writes.
Teacher Dennis Danziger remembers a remarkable student—and wonders what he could have been.
Educators need to significantly expand learning time in order to match 21st-century learning goals, S. Paul Reville contends.

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