October 26, 2011

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States could craft their own models for fixing low-performing schools under a change approved as the Senate education committee works to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Policymakers are promoting expanded learning time to help low-performing students, but the know-how and resources for implementation are lacking.
Computer-based instruction in kindergarten classrooms can be controversial, but one Los Angeles charter school is showing promising results and plans to expand the hybrid approach.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Potato-state senators are trying to do an end run around proposed rules for the school lunch program that would restrict servings of potatoes and other starchy vegetables.
Under pressure from state and federal education departments, the nation's two largest school systems announced plans this month to dramatically improve services for hundreds of thousands of English-language learners.
Researchers release 10 papers that argue that teaching civics is every bit as important as teaching math and reading.
Best of the Blogs
Many of the companies contributing to the 'Connect to Compete' effort bring strong experience in educational outreach.
This special report examines examines how K-12 professional development is taking a more digital and freewheeling approach to educator training.

A bill to revamp the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has some "under the radar" changes for education research.
Policy Brief
Despite a smaller jackpot, 587 applicants line up in for a new round of Education Department's innovation grant contest.
NAEP's proficient standard is beyond the reach of students and it has little to do with how states measure achievement, James Harvey argues.
The stigma that surrounds educators publicly dissecting their own failures prevents performance improvement, write Craig Hochbein and Bradley Carpenter.
Lawrence Knowles explores whether overuse of the term "bullying" is undermining efforts to stop the real thing.
It will take a multi-pronged approach to reduce dropout numbers, Russell W. Rumberger writes.
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