August 13, 2008

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Advisers, who may be paid or volunteers, help send signals on the policy directions their candidates would pursue if elected to the White House.
A higher education bill awaiting President Bush’s signature moves to increase accountability for programs that prepare teachers.
An unconventional lab brings together teachers, aspiring ones, and researchers to observe and discuss the challenges elementary educators face in trying to help students struggling in math.
A variety of federally financed grants based on performance pay are providing insights into how districts and teachers can improve teaching and learning, but officials and researchers say their effectiveness is uncertain.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
An analysis found that 12 states have similar standards in English/language arts, and 16 do in math, and most of them incorporate the broad range of high-level college-readiness skills identified by Achieve.
Special Education
Under an expanded initiative, the national board will provide financial and professional help to teachers as they begin the certification process and through their growth as teacher leaders.
Three years after the National Governors Association announced that all 50 members had agreed to standardize their states graduation rate formulas, only 16 have since adopted the standard.
High school students report spending more time on homework and feeling greater stress about grades, according to a new national survey.
The Schott Foundation pledges to step up advocacy efforts to close the gap.
For the first time in recent history, all of the American Federation of Teachers’ top elected leaders are women. At the National Education Association, women occupy two of the three highest posts.
A high turnover among top state school officers nationwide is posing a challenge for recruiters seeking people with the right mix of educational acumen and political savvy to fill the vacant or soon-to-be-vacant spots.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is pressing ahead with a project to collect school improvement ideas from citizens statewide, with an eye toward eventual legislation.
State Journal
Texas officials say that they are likely to appeal a federal court order telling the state it must, by the 2009-10 school year, revamp programs for English-language learners.
Capitol Recap
With the likely loss of funding, educators try to figure out how to keep the federal reading program alive in their districts.
Federal File
Some advocates for migrants say the rules, which for the first time require states to reinterview a sample of migrant families each year, may discourage participation.
Two TFA alums are taking the teacher corps' message to another realm as volunteer advisers to Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
A decade-long push by states to make high school students pass an exit exam before getting their diplomas has stalled as politically sensitive student-failure rates contribute to a growing public backlash against high-stakes testing.
Entrepreneurship education should be universally available, to provide all students with opportunities to explore and fulfill their potential, write Stephanie Bell-Rose and Thomas W. Payzant.
Former principal David Hill explains how he thinks a school can move from repairing the symbols of ‘brokenness’ to building an expectation of excellence.
All principals are motivated and they care deeply about the schools and students in their charge. But different attitudes and goals separate those who are trying to transform a school and those who are trying to cope with daily struggles, says Jean Johnson.
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