April 30, 2008

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Expert advice on ways to reduce unnecessary leave far outstrips what education leaders have so far ventured to do about the problem.
Teachers and faculty prepare for the language and cultural challenges posed by their community’s newest immigrant group.
Indiana high schoolers pitch in to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama in preparation for the state's primary elections on May 6.
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings formally unveils regulations that would require state and local school officials to provide more and better information about high school graduation rates.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
For more than 72 million children around the globe, school is not yet an option.
The T-shirt proclaiming 'Be Happy, Not Gay' is in protest to a high school event meant to promote tolerance of gay students.
The California Dropout Research Project was created in part to help determine how many students quit school before they graduate.
The Teaching Policy Fellowship aims to promote ways to retain teachers who have made it successfully through the first years of teaching but may not stay a lifetime.
A growing body of research is revealing the potential benefits of using board games in the classroom to strengthen the mathematics skills of children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Special Education
The story of one Bhutanese refugee, whose family has relocated to Syracuse, N.Y., illustrates the conflicts surrounding the displacement of thousands of Bhutanese.
For a state with a small enrollment, Nebraska is looking at some big changes in education policy—and those who set it.
The Maryland Department of Education has launched an awards program to recognize parents who have made significant contributions to the schools in their community.
State Journal
Capitol Recap
The 437 children taken from the Yearning for Zion Ranch compound in Eldorado, Texas, are being scattered to group homes and boys’ and girls’ ranches across the state.
The state's Higher Education Coordinating Board unanimously rejected a proposal by the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research that it be allowed to offer a Bible-based online master’s degree program to science teachers.
Federal File
President Bush urges the country to get beyond the debate over public vs. private schools and support federal funding help faith-based city schools stay afloat.
William C. Ayers is widely known and respected in education as a professor, commentator, and advocate for progressive teaching and social justice.
The 25th anniversary of A Nation At Risk should give federal policymakers the opportunity to reconsider the current federal approach, one influential lawmaker said last week.
The Pittsburgh school district believes cultivating effective instructional leaders is the key to school improvement.
Public school teachers earn much less than comparably educated and experienced people.
The reality is that a major push for science education won’t happen unless voters, and specifically parents, demand it, argues Ellen V. Futter.
How do legislators know how much to spend on public education? And how do educators know how best to spend the money they get? Our school finance system has made it impossible to find those answers.

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