February 4, 2009

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The new U.S. Secretary of Education would get a discretionary pot of $15 billion to dole out for state and local incentives under the economic stimulus proposals.
When it comes to recruiting top people for education, the central office and entrepreneurial efforts are part of the mix.
A collection of research studies aims to explain why progress on narrowing U.S. test-scores differences stalled for many years.
Courses focused on renewable and alternative energy are taking hold across the country as educators seek to channel students’ concerns about the environment and conservation into classroom lessons.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A growing network of academically oriented charter schools is working to adapt its rigorous approach to fit its newest clientele: 4- and 5-year-olds.
In addition to academic preparation, students were found to need hands-on help with admissions and financial aid.
Some schools have long tapped into a corps of professionals in the arts, math, science, and history as a way of enriching the curriculum and engaging students in activities that bring the content to life.
Minnesota’s governor wants to expand a bonus program for teachers and offer districts extra aid tied to achievement.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is drawing a warm initial response to his proposed overhaul of the state’s public education system.
State Journal
State of the States
Gwinnett Co. contract eases some state rules, sets achievement goals.
Some argue that a flood of cash for K-12 programs in the proposed federal stimulus package may inflate expectations of continued support.
Federal File
Workers who cooperate with their employers’ internal investigations of discrimination may not be fired in retaliation for implicating colleagues or superiors, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously last week.
At Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, the faculty helps disadvantaged students gain admission to top high schools and continue on to college.
For principals to make effective use of short, unannounced classroom visits, they need to make good choices on seven key questions, says Kim Marshall.
"We get so caught up in measuring what children have learned that we forget to evaluate the usefulness of what we teach," writes Jake Giessman.
Edward Zigler offers the new president a recommendation about the federal role in education.
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