February 6, 2008

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An ambitious project run by two universities is the largest, most comprehensive and representative study to date of children’s development in rural America.
The site offers free video, audio, and print lectures and course material taken straight from the university's classes.
While lower tax bills may make homeowners happy, they threaten a precious and typically stable source of revenue for school districts.
The National Education Association is poised for a change in leadership this year, and speculation is widespread that Edward J. McElroy, president of the American Federation of Teachers, might not seek re-election in July.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A federal study of First Things First found that the much-touted school improvement program had "no discernible effects" on high school dropout rates.
The district proposed a new system that it hopes will maintain racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in its schools without running afoul of the law.
Special Education
The Commission on Reading Research will be appointed later this year, easing concerns that the long-awaited review panel could be abandoned after years of planning.
Students with disabilities appear to be perform better on the NAEP in elementary school, but those gains seem to dissipate by middle school.
As part of a new program devised by charter schools and Hunter College, teachers work towards earning master's degrees in elementary education.
The state is looking for operators to help turn around academic achievement in 11 schools across the state.
State of the States
State Journal
State of the States
The public-private partnership is intended to connect 100,000 students over the next 10 years to high-tech careers aimed at helping to fuel the economy.
Capitol Recap
President Bush and key members of Congress said last week that they want to jump-start the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The ‘Pell Grant for Kids’ plan is being criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Federal File
States and districts are struggling to fulfill the pension and health-care promises they made to teachers—and the results are mixed.
American students can quickly become passionate about STEM topics when they are taught in a hands-on way, Anne Spence argues.
William Guenther and Andrew Calkins offer advice on turning around America’s worst-performing schools.
Arts education, school reform, athletics, and more.
Frederick M. Hess and Jeffrey R. Henig advocate 'common sense and humility about what research can provide.'

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