January 26, 2011

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A Washington state proposal is the latest twist in a perennial national debate: Who in state government should control the education policy levers?
Policymakers from across the country are looking at the California program as a model to ensure students are ready for college.
A new report evaluates how districts stack up when it comes to the educational returns they get for their money.
Many states have laws linking a driver's license to school attendance or academic performance, but their effectiveness is questionable.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who died along with the six other crew members in the 1986 Challenger explosion, continues to inspire educators and students.
Controlled remotely by teachers in the Philippines, the robots read books, sing songs, and play alphabet games with children.
The state board of education is scheduled to vote on guidelines that would prohibit or restrict certain staff-student interactions to prevent sexual misconduct in schools.
A program begun 20 years ago by the Toyota Corp. helps make literacy learning a family affair.
The 2,500-student Clayton school system wanted to find out how its students compare with their international peers on PISA.
A new initiative is helping school breakfast programs reach more students by serving the morning meal after the school day starts.
Best of the Blogs
The AFT-commissioned proposal calls for a better screening mechanism at the school building level to weed out meritless allegations.
Policy Brief
Private-sector match requirements would be loosened under proposed rules covering the next generation of innovation contests.
Backers of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program are particularly cheered by a GOP sympathetic to their issues.
State of the States
By offering specific, practical insights, economists can help teachers see the benefits of value-added evaluation, Douglas N. Harris writes.
Real solutions exist for teachers seeking to reach across the racial and social gaps that separate them from some students of color in urban classrooms, Eric Cooper and Yvette Jackson write.
After the shootings in Nebraska earlier this month by a high-school transfer student, Thelma B. Baxter and Bruce S. Cooper suggest steps that schools can take to avoid a similar tragedy.
American classrooms are falling short in the area of global competence but teaching our students world languages could reverse this trend, write Anthony M. Jackson, Charles E.M. Kolb, and John I. Wilson.
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