January 9, 2008

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The 2008 state legislative season launches this month under a fiscal cloud in a number of states, where ambitious education initiatives may end up being balanced against gloomy revenue projections.
In her three years as U.S. secretary of education, Spellings has been the nation’s leading spokeswoman for the No Child Left Behind Act.
The district is trying to steady itself in the wake of controversies that have rocked its operations side, potentially complicating its search for a new superintendent.
U.S. students spend too little time and effort on academics in high school, compared with harder-working young people in China and India, according to a new documentary.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Law & Courts
A nationally recognized San Diego charter school has been hit by charges that school officials improperly changed student grades.
The head of the Texas agency responsible for deciding whether to approve a Bible-based master’s degree in science education says the review, though favorable so far, has miles to go.
Few studies have examined whether culture-based instruction affects the achievement of language-minority students, despite its popularity with many educators.
Michelle A. Rhee, the chancellor of the public school system in the nation’s capital, soon will have the authority to fire employees in the central office.
The less publicized analyses in the report examine differences in how nations go about the business of schooling and pinpoint which of those practices are statistically linked to better performance on the science portion of the exam.
A Texas program designed to improve the skills of prekindergarten teachers has yet to provide enough evidence to prove it is effectively preparing youngsters for school, an evaluation finds.
State Journal
The Bush administration has followed through on a proposal to stop reimbursing schools for certain services provided to Medicaid-eligible students.
Federal File
School districts will see a boost in funding for disadvantaged students but a dramatic cut to the controversial Reading First program.
A proposed amendment to a major farm bill in Congress, backed both by health-advocacy groups and food-and beverage-industry giants, would have updated the nutrition standards for snacks to meet today’s concerns.
In an era when the emphasis in schools is on math, reading, and science, one organization is trying to ensure that history doesn’t just survive, it flourishes.
Educators have a larger and more vital role in the classroom than teaching to the test, argues Paul Shaker.
Joe Nathan examines "significant and successful" changes in Cincinnati public schools.
David S. Seeley expounds on what we should be hearing from the candidates, but aren't.

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