April 12, 2006

Education Week, Vol. 25, Issue 31
Amanda Asdel, left, an instructional-reform facilitator, observes a class at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, where the school district provides extra asistance, not sanctions, to help low-achieving schools get better.
Amanda Asdel, left, an instructional-reform facilitator, observes a class at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, where the school district provides extra asistance, not sanctions, to help low-achieving schools get better.
Erin Lubin for Education Week
School & District Management Kinder and Gentler
Instead of cracking down on low-achieving schools, the San Francisco school district offers them a helping hand.
Jeff Archer, April 11, 2006
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Federal Spellings Leads Review of Math, Science Ed. Programs
As part of President Bush’s efforts to place more emphasis on mathematics and science education to keep the United States economically competitive, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is leading a panel of high-level administration officials that is evaluating the effectiveness of more than 200 federal programs in those areas.
Alyson Klein, April 11, 2006
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Reading & Literacy Study Supports ‘Success for All’ Reading Method
A reading program that its developer contends has been shunned by some federal and state officials has again been proved to help poor and minority children learn to read—this time with the kind of research methodology used in medical studies.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, April 11, 2006
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Michael A. Rebell says plaintiffs may seek a school shutdown if the state doesn't meet court's demands.
Michael A. Rebell says plaintiffs may seek a school shutdown if the state doesn't meet court's demands.
Christopher Powers/Education Week
Law & Courts Court’s Power at Issue in New York School Aid Case
Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State is the latest school finance case that seems as if it will never end. Three weeks after winning its latest victory in the courts, the New York City-based legal-advocacy group that represents the plaintiffs is still waiting for the final resolution to the lawsuit, filed in 1993. It seeks additional operating money for schools in the city.
David J. Hoff, April 11, 2006
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Science NASA’s New Educator Astronauts Face Long Wait for Their Shuttle Missions
When the U.S. space agency pinned badges on the 11 newest members of its astronaut corps this winter, it also increased by three its cadre of educator astronauts.
Andrew Trotter, April 11, 2006
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Federal Report: Schools Could Improve on NCLB Tutoring, Choice
Students aren’t taking advantage of tutoring options under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools are faltering when it comes to notifying parents about school transfer options under the law, and the number of Title I schools identified as needing improvement has nearly doubled in recent years, according to a study released last week by the Department of Education.
Michelle R. Davis, April 11, 2006
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School & District Management Wide Background Disparities Found in Those With ADHD
A white boy who lives in the city and has an older teacher is more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than a black girl who lives in the South and has a white teacher, according to a study of thousands of elementary school students that was published in the April issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Christina A. Samuels, April 11, 2006
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Equity & Diversity Commentary Two Schools, Worlds Apart
Lecturer Natasha Kumar Warikoo offers lessons from London on how small schools can be used to foster racial integration.
Natasha Kumar Warikoo, April 11, 2006
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College & Workforce Readiness Michigan Poised to Implement Tough New Graduation Rules
To earn a diploma under a bill passed by the legislature late last month, high school students will need to earn four credits of mathematics and English, three credits of science and social studies, two credits of foreign language, one credit of physical education and health, and one credit in visual, performing, or applied arts.
Linda Jacobson, April 11, 2006
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Federal Md. Lawmakers Fight School Takeover Plan
The U.S. Department of Education upped the ante in the battle over Baltimore schools last week with a threat to withdraw Title I funds from Maryland if the state fails to move forward with a plan to restructure 11 low-performing schools under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Vaishali Honawar, April 11, 2006
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Student Well-Being Commentary A Second Look at Compulsory Education
Dennis L. Evans, a former high school principal and the director of credential programs at the University of California, Irvine, writes that compulsory schooling has little to do with education. Bringing children to school does not mean that education is occurring.
Dennis L. Evans, April 11, 2006
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Federal Schools on Their Own With ‘Following the Leaders’ Work
More than 500 schools that have signed on to use a free, federally financed school improvement program will have to pay for it after this school year if they want to continue.
April 11, 2006
9 min read
Education Commentary Chat Wrap-Up: Beyond Grade 12
On March 27, readers questioned Anthony P. Carnevale, an economist with the National Center on Education and the Economy, and Lynn Olson, Education Week's managing editor for special projects. The chat was part of a special Education Week series, "Beyond Grade 12: Preparing for College and Careers," that will appear in print and online once a month through June.
April 11, 2006
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Families & the Community Commentary Putting the Public Back in Public Education
President of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation and a former U.S. education official, David Mathews argues for a community strategy to share accountability in public education.
David Mathews, April 11, 2006
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Student Well-Being Indiana Court Strikes Down Mandatory Fees
The Indiana Supreme Court has struck down a school district’s $20 school activity fee as a violation of the state constitution because, the court said, it is equivalent to a tuition charge.
Laura Greifner, April 11, 2006
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Student Well-Being New Center Aims to Help Motivate Calif. High Schoolers
Hoping to motivate more California students to finish high school and find future success, the James Irvine Foundation last week announced a new center aimed at expanding work-based learning programs that integrate high-level academics.
Linda Jacobson, April 11, 2006
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Federal English Now the Foreign Language of Schools Abroad
English is hot in many foreign language schools abroad. But as the trend accelerates, so too has debate over the value of English in a global society, its strong historical connection to imperialism, and the monolingualism to which English-only countries steadfastly cling at the risk of losing their share of the world marketplace.
Mary Ann Zehr & Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, April 11, 2006
14 min read
Peggy Semien, a paraprofessional at George Washington Carver Elementary School in San Francisco, works on phonics with a group of 2nd graders. The school's council decided to keep its paraprofessional positions, which have been cut in other district schools.
Peggy Semien, a paraprofessional at George Washington Carver Elementary School in San Francisco, works on phonics with a group of 2nd graders. The school's council decided to keep its paraprofessional positions, which have been cut in other district schools.
Erin Lubin for Education Week
School & District Management S.F. School Councils Help Chart Improvement Course
Shared decisionmaking and site-based management are not unusual in the San Francisco Unified School District, where the two leadership principles are central to the 56,000-student district’s strategy for raising student performance.
Jeff Archer, April 11, 2006
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Curriculum Other Native-English Countries Ahead of United States
Even as the focus on foreign-language instruction up north and Down Under has waned recently in the wake of renewed attention to reading, mathematics, and science instruction, countries outside the United States where English is the primary language have more than a decade’s head start in their language skills and public attitudes on the importance of language learning.
Mary Ann Zehr & Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, April 11, 2006
4 min read
Federal U.S. Audit Raps Oklahoma on Migrant-Student Eligibility
An audit of three Oklahoma school districts has found that 98 percent of the children the districts counted as participants in the federal migrant education program during the 2003-04 school year didn’t meet eligibility requirements.
Mary Ann Zehr, April 11, 2006
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Classroom Technology Technology Becomes Substitute for English Teacher
As Mexican education officials expand English classes from junior high to primary schools, they are relying on technology until enough teachers can be trained to speak and teach English well.
Mary Ann Zehr & Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, April 11, 2006
2 min read
Education Funding New Initiative By Brookings Is Under Way
A new economic-policy initiative launched by the Brookings Institution last week includes specific suggestions for improving K-12 education, such as changing teacher hiring and retention practices, and setting up scholarships for low-income students to attend summer school.
Laura Greifner, April 11, 2006
2 min read
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Education Funding Bush Gift for School Technology Raises Ethical Questions
A charitable donation by former first lady Barbara Bush to buy products from her son’s educational software company has cast a spotlight on the ethical questions for schools that can accompany contributions from high-profile benefactors.
Rhea R. Borja, April 11, 2006
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Marilyn Arons wraps her arm around Marietta Solimeo at a meeting to help parents navigate the main federal special education law.
Marilyn Arons wraps her arm around Marietta Solimeo at a meeting to help parents navigate the main federal special education law.
Mike Mergen for Education Week
Families & the Community Advocacy for Parents Key to IDEA Case
For years, Marilyn Arons, 67, has taught parents how to use the main federal special education law to get the most appropriate education for their children. And now, the role of experts such as Ms. Arons is at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that will be heard next week.
Christina A. Samuels, April 11, 2006
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School Choice & Charters New KIPP Schools Seen as Faithful to Model, Despite Variations
As the Knowledge Is Power Program pursues plans for further expansion, a recent study takes a closer look “under the hood” of KIPP’s model for educating disadvantaged students.
April 11, 2006
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Rinada McBean, an 8th grader at a Knowledge is Power Program school in Washington, works on her Spanish.
Rinada McBean, an 8th grader at a Knowledge is Power Program school in Washington, works on her Spanish.
Christopher Powers/Education Week
Federal KIPP Schools Shift Strategy for Scaling Up
The Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, a widely touted network of mostly charter schools that targets low-income communities, is adjusting both its growth and leadership-training strategies as it ramps up its work around the country.
April 11, 2006
7 min read
Education Events

May


9-11—Administrators: Stand Up for Public Education: Advocating for Each Child, sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators, for administrators, at the Marriott Crystal City Gateway in Arlington, Va. Contact: AASA, 801 N. Quincy St., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22203-1730; (703) 528-0700; fax: (703) 841-1543; Web site: www.aasa.org/conferences.
April 11, 2006
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Education Honors & Award Honors & Awards
The Arlington, Va.-based American Association of School Administrators annually recognizes best practices in public education and individuals who have contributed significantly to the lives and learning of children. The 2006 winners are listed below.
April 11, 2006
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Education Letter to the Editor Irony in Bilingual Trends Betrays Policy Confusion
The irony created by two articles in your March 29, 2006, issue is striking. In "Students Taking Spanish, French; Leaders Pushing Chinese, Arabic," you report on the misalignment between the languages that schools are teaching and those that the U.S. government would like its future workforce to learn.
April 11, 2006
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