February 23, 2011

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The cuts in the federal government's current-year funding headed for a vote today clash sharply with President Obama's vision and threaten a showdown near-term.
Sponsors and participants at the Denver gathering vowed to work at reforms that will be beneficial to teachers, students, and officials.
Research, early education, teacher training, and Race to the Top would get new aid, but the fiscal 2012 plan faces huge hurdles in Congress.
The challenge for a Louisville, Ky., school is to sustain momentum gained through a federally funded school improvement program.
The Wake County, N.C., school board has drawn national attention—and many protests—for abandoning a busing plan based on socioeconomic diversity but a compromise plan may be in the works.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
After mounting complaints from deans, the National Council of Teacher Quality plans to change some of the criteria for judging programs.
With extra federal funding, the two groups intend to provide curriculum resources and professional development for teachers.
Researchers found students in the middle of the social hierarchies, not the popular ones or outcasts, are more likely to bully.
The telemedicine pilot program at Berrien Elementary School offers on-site care over the Internet for students and educators.
Many schools that have integrated laptop computers and other digital devices into learning are not maximizing the use of technology to raise achievement, report says.
What's needed now, the Data Quality Campaign says, is political momentum to ensure educators can start tracking data by fall.
Looking to save money and share resources, the nation's two largest professional groups for principals and superintendents make plans to consolidate.
Research on deaf adults who've grown up without formal sign language shows how words contribute to learning basic math.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the creation of a commission tasked with determining how the nation should promote and improve teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences.
The demonstrations that began in Egypt on Jan. 25 gave some U.S. teachers a chance to deepen their students' understanding of that region.
Best of the Blogs
A new review of state standards for teaching U.S. history in grades K-12 gave 28 states a D or lower for quality.
A Kentucky school undergoing turnaround efforts is getting used to the idea of having three officials from the state education department stationed right in their school.
Implementing ambitious plans pledged during the application process could prove tough without the federal funding.
The White House is making plans for a new education research program modeled after the federal defense agency that helped hatch the Internet.
Policy Brief
Arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court may highlight issues administrators face when police officers come calling for students.
Critics challenged the U.S. Department of Education's new focus on curbing school discipline policies that disproportionately affect some student groups.
A hearing shows broad consensus that the federal government should set a high bar for achievement, then let states and district take the lead.
State of the States

Two years after Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, nearly $100 billion in economic-stimulus aid for education has been handed out—including nearly $5.3 billion as part of six grant competitions.
C. Emily Feistritzer notes that what makes an effective teacher doesn't always correlate to an educator's path to the classroom.
Les Sternberg takes issue with the latest plan to rank teacher education programs.
Formative assessment can work wonders when teachers realize it's a process of using assessment results to adjust how they work with their students, W. James Popham writes.
Drawing on sports analogies, Sam Redding writes that school improvement takes a strong team and sound fundamentals.
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