February 11, 2009

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Clashes in Congress over the size and shape of the plan are leading to questions over how the money for education would be used.
Calls to ensure that graduates are prepared for both college and work too often overlook the “work” part, business groups say.
Benchmarking project allows leaders to fine-tune core business practices.
Interest is growing among teachers and researchers in using “graphica” as a means of promoting literacy and other academic skills.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The time American teachers spend in professional development largely continues to take place in isolation, rather than in school-based settings.
But a report from the College Board finds that passing scores on the tests are still low for many minority groups.
Electronic visits grow as schools cut back on off-campus excursions to save money during tough economic times.
A hearing was hosted by the National Assessment Governing Board on recommendations it plans to make for including English-language learners and students with disabilities.
Health & Safety
Their authority over federal education aid could grow short-term, shifting a historic pattern.
Policy Brief
Regulations for young children and the use of restraints are top concerns.
State of the States
Obama also names communications and outreach director.
Teachers are introducing algebra concepts to pupils in the early grades by tapping their intuitive math skills.
"President Barack Obama is striking two chords that, if played together in his education strategy, would produce a tune different not only from his predecessor’s, but also from that of many in his own party," writes Suzanne Donovan.
“Some argue that great teachers have innate qualities they cannot learn from others. My experience suggests otherwise,” writes Eva Ostrum.
“Many school systems are plagued with dysfunctional human-resources-management systems that can’t keep track of where employees work or pay them on time,” write Tim Pawlenty and James B. Hunt Jr.
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