November 14, 2007

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Editor's Note: The next issue of Education Week will be dated November 28, 2007.
After more than 30 years of steady growth, the number of schools offering at least one AP course dropped by nearly 13 percent this year.
The schools were conceived in 1994 as the district's reponse to charters.
School leaders must link arms to create a different model for turning around the worst-performing schools, including a “protected space” free from many traditional rules.
The defeat of what would have been the nation’s first universal-voucher program highlights again the political vulnerability of such controversial school choice measures.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
Observers debate whether the ratings represent a reliable gauge of school quality.
Mayor Bart Peterson will be handing over the reins of the city and its 16 charter schools to a Republican political neophyte.
The Jefferson County, Ky., school district, set back by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating its student-assignment plan, is exploring other remaining legal avenues in its bid to maintain racially integrated schools.
Some educational-video providers are shifting toward online distribution, much like their counterparts in the entertainment industry.
Finance & Facilities
Many schools prohibit students from bringing liquids into the classroom for a variety of reasons—from simply preventing spills to keeping alcohol from being smuggled in.
The Brookings Institution has unveiled a volume of studies on the potential effects of the federal law’s various provisions on this vulnerable population of students.
Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, and New Jersey are among the states that could be affected.
State Journal
Representatives from the group that administers the program contend that a recent report contained several inaccuracies, and that several of the recommendations have been voluntarily addressed.
Educators can access information such as video, slides, or audio recordings of practitioners using research-based techniques in the classroom.
Federal File
The 3.2 million-member union and its California affiliate are mounting a vigorous campaign against the law and the most prominent proposal for reauthorizing it.
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander's proposal comes as lawmakers question whether they will have time to pass a reuthorization bill this year.
President Bush has pledged to veto a measure passed by Congress because it contains more money than he requested for education, health, and labor programs.
Hundreds of fresh recruits, many of them new to K-12 teaching, are filling public school classrooms across the city in Katrina’s aftermath.
Teacher quality should not be judged by students’ scores on tests that are incapable of distinguishing between effective and ineffective instruction, writes W. James Popham.
Meryl Ironson remembers a formative classroom experience.
Three scholars offer a paradigm shift for character education.
Some of what is called character education is presented in ways that require little effort and have no lasting impact, Peter R. Greer writes.

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