February 27, 2008

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A war of words has erupted over elite colleges’ brimming endowments and how much more institutions should help students pay for their education.
The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards have been used or adapted by more than 40 states.
Throughout the presidential campaign, the leading Democrats have been speaking from a similar script on education—until this month.
Few observers regard the compromise as signaling an end to nationwide discord over the issue.
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
The findings offer further evidence that the No Child Left Behind law has led to sizable shifts in the curriculum.
Federal pressure to improve student test scores is prompting some school districts to pay students for improved performance.
Some school nutrition directors worry that the nation’s largest beef recall threatens to undo the work they’ve done promoting lunch room innovations.
The program should be broadened to gauge how American youths are faring on a range of academic, social, health, and cultural indicators, a study says.
Some educators claim the existence of multiple accreditors sends the message that the profession cannot agree on a single set of standards.
Smaller classes may help some students, but not all, research shows.
A growing number of K-12 educators are using the technology to share assignments, homework, classroom assessments, and other information with students and their parents.
The timultuous market threatens to drive up the cost of college borrowing and limit access to private student loans.
State Journal
State of the States
State policymakers are still scrounging for more money for the programs despite a pre-K spending growth of $1 billion over the past two years.
High school students are among the film's intended audience.
Federal File
A House provision would cut some federal scholarship aid to states if they reduced postsecondary funding.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of a California school district in a controversy over a high school student’s newspaper commentary on immigration.
The Web site is intended to offer a clearer picture of how much the government is spending to rebuild public schools in the city.
Ensuring that families have their pick of an array of attractive public schools has been tricky in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Marion Brady examines the four schools of thought about what should be the main thrust of a general education in the 21st century.
A national standard of ‘highly qualified’ undermines recruitment, retention, and instructional leadership, Sheryl Boris-Schacter claims.
Claudia Weisburd extols the benefits of after-school programs for English-language learners.
Chester E. Finn Jr., a self-styled ‘troublemaker,’ shares wisdom gleaned from 57 years in education.

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