July 15, 2009

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Striking the right balance on use of federal education aid requires accommodation on both sides—and produces some friction.
As a method for evaluating teachers’ effectiveness, researchers say, the technique has some drawbacks.
Education funding is imperiled as lawmakers, governors push to agreement on overdue budgets.
Schools get a taste of decentralization as they make key budgetary decisions, including how to spend an influx of stimulus aid, in lean fiscal times.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
The union’s annual meeting was marked by its first major stab at getting a handle on the administration’s push into sensitive policy areas.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says charters' goal "should be quality, not quantity."
Advocates say economic-stimulus funds will let states keep paying for services for youngest children with disabilities and their families.
The chaos that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had predicted if legislation that would have extended his formal control beyond June 30 wasn’t extended has not come to pass in the week after its expiration.
After the state law expires due to political infighting, the new board signals no appetite for change.
Children’s authors offered teachers and librarians advice on getting boys to love reading, including featuring more humorous books.
The country has revamped its trade-oriented academic classes and moved many low-achieving students into in-demand jobs.
Schools can work toward a higher level of performance on NCATE standards, take on a major research project, or partner with a district.
Private Schools
The new head of the Education Department’s office of safe and drug-free schools has fought the kind of harassment he faced as a gay youth.
The U.S. Department of Education offices in question oversee special education programs and vocational and adult education.
Policy Brief
In a number of school-related cases, the U.S. Supreme Court came down on the side of access to the legal process.
The justices ruled that the lower courts didn’t fairly consider “changed circumstances” that had occurred since parents in Nogales sued.
Even when a student has never received special education services from public schools, federal law authorizes the payments, the justices rule.
Arizona officials violated a student’s Fourth Amendment rights, but can’t be sued in this case, the high court ruled.
  • Supreme Court: From the Docket
  • Capitol Recap
    New guidance allows flexibility from Title I requirements for spending on tutoring and transportation for school transfers.
    States jockey for position as the U.S. Education Department readies billions of dollars in ‘Race to the Top’ awards—the stimulus program’s grand prize.
    "Only as we teach integrity will kids be ready for democracy," write Patrick F. Bassett, Paul D. Houston, and Rushworth M. Kidder.
    "With all the money spent on history assessments, it turns out we know little about their effectiveness," writes James M. Banner Jr.
    “Performance-based compensation is more than an ingredient of reform—it is a driver of reform,” writes William J. Slotnik.
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