August 25, 2010

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Though used by most schools to identify students needing help learning English, the surveys may often be inaccurate, researchers say.
The NEA and the AFT try to reconcile their actions vis-à-vis the Democratic administration they backed and its teacher policies.
As commercial vendors and nonprofit groups respond to the common standards, advocates wonder whether alignment claims are on target.
Five years after the hurricane devastated the region, New Orleans schools emerge changed—and challenged.
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Report Roundup
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Hispanic and black students, compared with whites and Asians, were less likely to score at levels predictive of college success.
Lawyers for the state education chief seek the data for use in a long-running federal court case over Arizona's ELL programs.
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The new Digital Learning Council, spearheaded by former Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise, hopes to move digital education beyond a "niche role."
Paying for students to attend public cyber charter schools is becoming increasingly expensive for local school systems.
The national economic crisis and the massive BP oil leak have stalled the recovery in some districts, but a steady pace of renewal continues in others.
Scholars say they missed out on a chance to study the school reforms launched in New Orleans in the wake of the 2005 hurricane.
State-level policymakers differ sharply on approaches to the common standards debate and a continued fiscal squeeze.
Some use cash to reverse layoffs, while others plan to hold onto the aid as the stimulus "funding cliff" looms.
News in Brief
Phillip Harris and Bruce Smith caution against evaluation systems that lead districts to lay off their best and brightest teachers.
Deciding who should teach the goals of language arts instruction is as ambiguous as ever, writes Rafael Heller.
The first lady's anti-obesity campaign presents a model for education policymakers, write Douglas B. Reeves and Timothy Waters.
Alfie Kohn offers a skeptic's guide to assessment programs that turn educators into accountants and trivialize their teaching.
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