March 6, 2013

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A massive influx of outside cash has turned a local campaign into a national showdown between the teachers' union and deep-pocketed education activists.
Many states are still negotiating to win federal approval for key teacher-evaluation portions of their No Child Left Behind waivers.
Minnesota and Ohio illustrate differing approaches as states aim to increase post-recession education funding.
Enticed by federal grants, more school systems are linking principal evaluations to student achievement.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
New research shows that while new teachers get better in their first few years on the job, their rankings don't change much.
The president's call for "qualified" teachers stirs questions about the level of education that would be required to teach preschool.
Groups that train "turnaround" leaders say many principals are at a loss on how to build a positive school culture.
Middle school students in the charter network showed greater learning gains in math, reading, science, and social studies than their peers in regular public schools.
The battle underscores the high financial stakes for companies attempting to secure the rights to operate statewide school information systems.
The vast majority of middle and high school teachers who are involved in high-level educational programs such as Advanced Placement and the National Writing Project say the Internet has become a key component of their teaching, a Pew survey says.
Best of the Blogs
When evaluations are tied to student achievement, should a new principal be judged the same as a veteran?
Education Week followed U.S. Rep. John Kline, the head of the House education panel, to Minnesota, where his home-district educators told him what they think about the budget, waivers, and other issues.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on a provision of the Voting Rights Act that affects hundreds of school districts.
A primer on what educators should know about "the sequester."
Policy Brief
Resource officers, counselors, and teacher training can help head off tragedies like Sandy Hook shootings, witnesses told a congressional panel.
A group of California school districts want flexibility under No Child Left Behind waivers now granted only to states.
Done right, evaluation policy can help teachers learn and improve, Angela Minnici and Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt write.
Technology helps students in many ways, but it also has implications for student attention spans and learning styles, Matthew Lynch writes.
After-school programs play a vital, if sometimes overlooked, role in STEM learning, Anita Krishnamurthi writes.
Fostering STEM skills in young children is the best way to ensure that the United States remains competitive in a global economy, writes JD Chesloff.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous funder. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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