March 16, 2011

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Vol. 30, Issue 24
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More than one-third of the recent fiscal 2011 cuts to the U.S. Department of Education's budget came from literacy programs.
Emergency training programs aimed to prepare schools for events like Columbine are losing their funding amid budget cuts.
New York City schools are seeking ways to engage students in increasingly complex texts and help them conquer subject-specific literacy skills.
The charter school group threatened to close its Baltimore schools in a dispute over teacher pay for an extended school day.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Now haggling begins over when to form a new school board and what its composition should be.
The first of a series of outside evaluation reports on the District of Columbia's four-year-old school reform efforts concludes that improving test scores don't tell the whole story.
Both scientists and practitioners say school-based research partnerships need to go both ways.
In a first-ever national summit on finance, Catholic school leaders seek to cope with dwindling enrollments and growing costs.
Best of the Blogs
Those who hope to enlist in the military are finding their plans derailed by an obscure Department of Defense policy that ranks cyber schools as “less desirable.”
With the fate of thousands of jobs in the balance, lawmakers are mulling different ways to define which teachers get fired first.
A statewide study in Michigan finds markedly higher turnover rates among teachers who start work after the school year begins.
School officials are finding planning difficult as Congress changes the federal aid numbers with each stopgap spending bill.
Some policy experts question the Education Department's claim that 82 percent of schools may fall short this year on the NCLB yardstick.
Policy Brief
Concerns mount of a ripple effect if program funding suffers in the federal budget battle.
State of the States
With high numbers of unemployed, more people are qualifying for the federal college aid, setting the program up for a huge deficit and budget cuts.
Education Week asked five leaders in the education sector to give their views on Teach For America’s past, present, and future. Randi Weingarten, Steve Zimmer, Jennifer Goldstein, Michael D. Usdan, and Michael L. Cormack Jr. weigh in.
In its 20th year, Teach For America is working to increase the impact of its corps members in the classroom and beyond, TFA founder Wendy Kopp writes.
Creating systems that nurture the teaching profession is crucial to schools and TFA, Linda Darling-Hammond writes.
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