July 16, 2008

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Federal officials are once again looking at exclusion and accommodation guidelines in the hope of bringing more consistency to those policies.
The six states that now have federal approval to change the way they hold schools accountable will use different ways to distinguish between schools with minor problems and those that need total overhauls.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ought to take into account student-learning gains in deciding which teachers are skilled enough to merit receiving its credential, says a new study.
With gas prices reaching over $4 for each gallon of diesel fuel, school districts are struggling to supplement budget shortfalls and to find ways to offset the increasing cost of fuel.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Teachers at disadvantaged schools in two of the nation’s largest urban districts are getting more qualified, which is helping to improve student test scores.
The school-management firm aims in a new direction with the purchase of a software company.
The report is designed to help educators gauge the effectiveness of the rapidly growing field of online education.
A small but growing movement of K-12 educators is latching on to educational resources that are “open,” or free for others to use, change, and republish on Web sites that promote sharing.
Magazine subscriptions, access to an online forum, and letters of commendation to their high school principal are among the benefits that await the coaches for expanding their tennis teams.
A 15-year research project found that students in career academies were no more likely to attend college than those in traditional high schools, but they earned more money by their mid-20s.
Nearly all states continue to struggle in meeting the No Child Left Behind Act’s academic targets for English-language learners in mathematics and reading, according to the latest analysis released by the U.S. Department of Education.
Nearly two-thirds of union's delegates turn down a proposal to accept private K-12 employees.
Preschool & After School
FTA wants agencies to get out of the business of creating routes designed exclusively to take students to and from school.
States are now using child-development research to guide decisions on how they should delegate resources for early-childhood services.
Capitol Recap
State Journal
Supporters of a proposed Oregon ballot initiative are looking forward to the November ballot, now that they have gathered enough signatures to put the measure up for a statewide vote.
R.I. has enacted legislation permitting the creation of “mayoral academies”—public charter schools overseen by a group of municipal leaders and intended to serve a diverse student population regionwide.
California 8th graders will be required to take Algebra 1 and be tested on it as part of the state’s accountability system, under a controversial decision made by the state board of education last week after last-minute pressure from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Capitol Recap
Federal, state, and local officials are scrambling to figure out how to sustain the program, or at least some of the instructional changes it fueled.
Obama is proposing $18 billion in new federal education money, while McCain sees NCLB funding as adequate, and weighs a domestic spending freeze.
Federal File
The education spending bills now making their way through the House and the Senate would provide only modest increases for key federal education programs.
Education groups following the two U.S. Supreme Court cases got a split decision, as one ruling handed employees a victory and the other shot down a worker’s challenge to a state retirement system.
Technology, once seen as heralding the end of the communication method, is instead making it easier for students to learn it.
Joseph S. Renzulli feels fixing schools may require "a counter, perhaps even counterintuitive, approach."
Anne Macleod Weeks discusses the disconcerting "raised-eyebrow looks" she received while interviewing for teaching jobs that were perceived to be a step down for the veteran educator.
"Is it time for a research boycott of high-stakes testing?" asks James H. Nehring.
"Education has not done nearly enough to develop leaders who can meet the increasing challenges America’s students and communities face," says Gerald L. Zahorchak.
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