March 26, 2008

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Companies are offering schools a new generation of high-tech instruments for collecting and analyzing data from the physical world.
Persian Gulf states enlist foreign education experts in cautious move toward Western methods.
A new volume of research papers makes the case that innovations aimed at giving families more say in where their children go to school can be whatever their architects make of them.
Up to 10 states will be allowed to overhaul the way in which they spend federal K-12 funds to intervene in low-performing schools, under a pilot project.
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
The troubled Clayton County, Ga., school district is now on the brink of being the first school system in nearly four decades to lose its accreditation.
College & Careers
Most states seem to be taking steps toward standardizing the use of English-language-proficiency tests.
The ACLU has filed a class action against the Palm Beach County, Fla., school district, claiming its low graduation rate is a violation of the Florida Constitution.
The Chicago school district is exploring the possibility of opening a residential program for homeless teenagers who attend one of its charter high schools, officials said this week.
The goals address student engagement and achievement, equity, access, accountability and 21st-century skills for students.
State Journal
Less than a year after mandating statewide reading and math tests as an alternative to Nebraska’s unique grassroots assessments, state lawmakers are poised to neuter the district-level tests altogether.
Capitol Recap
Federal File
With an anxious eye on the troubled credit markets, Congress is urging the Department of Education to prepare for the possibility that families might face problems in securing student loans for higher education.
The case will present the justices with a stark reminder that public schools are often caught up in urban violence.
A program that lets high school juniors and seniors earn college credit while training for hightech manufacturing jobs faces a shortage of interested students.
Richard D. Kahlenberg advocates returning to Albert Shanker's original vision for the movement.
David Polochanin laments the loss of these "valuable cultural experiences."
Nicholas S. Thacher describes a class trip to the past.
Governments should try controlling crime by spending more on schools, Tom Carroll argues.

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