April 8, 2009

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The first federal aid to states is unlikely to stop layoffs in the worst-hit school districts, administrators say.
He’s hitting similar themes as his predecessor on issues such as accountability and teacher quality—and drawing some fire.
A ruling in a long-running legal fight over English-language learners could echo far beyond the Arizona border city where it arose.
A decade after the attack at a Colorado high school, scholars are gaining fresh insights into student gunmen and the havoc they wreak.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
A contest yields what are among the first studies to use quantitative methodologies to link teacher contracts to policy outcomes.
Administrators work proactively to ensure the safety of students.
Elected leader seeks clarification of roles of state policymakers.
The document’s call for students to examine 'all evidence' is seen as allowing discussion of alternatives to evolution.
Teacher-quality reporting and capital-spending flexility are outlined in new Education Department guidance.
The education secretary wants to allow underperforming districts to provide supplemental services to students.
Policy Brief
The administration taps a Chicago researcher to head the Institute for Education Sciences and a college leader for the agency’s No. 3 spot.
Law & Courts
State of the States
Experts say digital games can help students grasp difficult concepts, but warn against seeing them as 'silver bullet' solutions.
Christian M. Bednar writes, "When we attempt to quantify that which is unquantifiable, we destroy."
Prakash Nair writes, "What may be great for bridges and highways may be exactly the wrong thing for schools."
Joseph P. Viteritti writes, "Mayoral control is an enabler that allows district leaders to set and achieve sound objectives, but it is not a guarantee of either."
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