November 28, 2007

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Campaign 2008: The Candidates on Education
Students who regularly attend top-notch after-school programs end up academically far ahead of peers who spend more out-of-school time in unsupervised activities, a study found.
The bill bolsters accountability requirements for grantees, requires more teachers to get bachelor’s degrees, and expands eligibility for the program by raising household income limits.
Increasingly, teachers and other school employees who prey on students are using the current must-have tools of adolescent social networks.
NAEP officials have said scheduled exams in economics, foreign language, geography, and world history could be canceled if funding remains flat, as is projected.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Charters & Choice
Decisions on when to leave the classroom are guided more by the early-retirement incentives built into state pension plans than by educational considerations, according to new research.
On average, scores among students in large cities still lag well behind national results.
A top education official called the mishap an “embarrassment” for the federal government and the private contractor responsible for administering the exam.
The Academies Creating Teacher Scientists program pairs top federal scientists with middle and high school teachers.
The College Board is seeking to mobilize its more than 5,200 members in a national campaign to better help students from low-income families prepare for, get into, and succeed in college.
The quality of the overall language arts program at a school is strongly linked to whether those students acquire English, an in-depth study has found.
The proposals are part of a draft set of competencies for all preschoolers that includes comprehensive foundations for English-language development, literacy, mathematics, and social-emotional development.
The new, $100 million grant program would give at least 12,000 disadvantaged students a leg up for college.
State Journal
The state must increase spending by nearly 27 percent in order to reach its goal of bringing all students to proficiency in math and reading by 2014.
Capitol Recap
Federal File
Congress could pass a long-term extension that would support education programs at last year’s levels for the rest of fiscal 2008.
The bill, which has received overwhelming bipartisan approval from the House education committee, includes provisions aimed at bolstering teacher preparation.
After a period of top-down control under the mayor, the New York City system is freeing schools to run their own affairs—and holding them accountable for results.
Jonathan Supovitz provides strategies for leveraging a district’s potential to support systemwide instructional improvement.
David McGrath reflects on his years teaching in Chicago's "war zone."
No multiple-choice exam is going to demonstrate proficiency in the subject, historian Theodore K. Rabb argues.

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