October 31, 2007

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A Louisiana study suggests that new teachers can be as effective as, or sometimes more effective than, their experienced colleagues.
Textbooks and other materials have not caught up to a growing body of scientific evidence about climate change.
An $11 million executive-training course for principals, modeled after best practices used in the corporate, medical, engineering, and military worlds, is starting to gain traction among states.
The philosophy advocates creating lessons and classroom materials that are flexible enough to accommodate different learning styles.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Thousands of public high school students in New Orleans received their own laptop computers this month as part of a $53 million technology initiative.
School officials are examining their programs after the recent Supreme Court ruling on race-conscious assignment policies in districts.
At schools that are part of the New Century High Schools initiative, 78 percent of students graduate in four years, compared with 58 percent at the city's other high schools.
Researchers observed that schools identified as having fallen short of their performance goals succeeded in raising achievement for the entire range of students at risk of failing.
State Journal
Reformers are likely to push for an improved education data system, stronger pre-K and kindergarten programs, and school spending based more on student needs than on categories of programs.
Kentucky and Mississippi also will select their governors in the 2007 electoral season.
Voters will decide some notable education- and child-related questions when they go to the polls next month.
Federal File
Starting in the 2010-11 school year, students will be able to identify themselves as belonging to more than one racial or ethnic group.
Despite problems with the implementation of the program—which resulted in several federal investigations and congressional hearings over the past two years—it's worth preserving or expanding, a study found.
Amid heightened concern about preparing students for a global economy, the academically demanding International Baccalaureate program is catching on fast in U.S. schools.
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Jennifer Booher-Jennings explains why ‘risk adjustment’ could work for education.
Too few students understand the costs of cheating, writes Peter Berger.
English-language learners, college admissions, Golden books, and more.
Richard Lee Colvin and Judy Johnson give five reasons why educators need to teach us more about teaching, and journalists need to pay more attention to what happens in class.

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