July 26, 2006

Education Week, Vol. 25, Issue 43
Professional Development Out and About: Extern Programs at a Glance
Summer externships for mathematics and science teachers are gaining traction. Here is a sampling of teacher-externship programs around the country.
Rhea R. Borja, July 27, 2006
3 min read
Teaching Profession Bigger District Size Gives Superintendents Earnings Edge
District size has a more pronounced effect on the salaries of superintendents than for any other staff category, with chiefs in larger districts posting far higher earnings on average than their colleagues in smaller ones, according to a recent survey of more than 600 school districts conducted by Educational Research Service.
Christopher B. Swanson, July 25, 2006
3 min read
Professional Development Science Teachers Learning to Tackle Thorny Issues Inherent in Subject
While lessons on bioethics have long been a part of many science classes, interest in the subject has grown in recent years, with new advances in science, and as public debates about science's role in society play out in the news media, the courts, and Congress.
Sean Cavanagh, July 25, 2006
8 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Project GRAD Seen Yielding Mixed Record
Project GRAD, a national high school improvement initiative begun in Houston almost 13 years ago, has yielded a mixed record in its effort to raise graduation rates and academic performance, according to an independent evaluation of the $70 million program.
Debra Viadero, July 25, 2006
1 min read
Science To Avoid Pitfalls on Controversial Issues, Experts Say, Know Your Stuff
Teachers’ thorough understanding of a subject and students’ respect for different points of view can help smooth the way for dealing with controversial topics in the classroom, professional-development experts say.
Vaishali Honawar, July 25, 2006
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Teacher Mary Sinha pauses before a panorama of the past during a two-week workshop on immigration on Ellis Island.
Teacher Mary Sinha pauses before a panorama of the past during a two-week workshop on immigration on Ellis Island.
Todd Plitt for Education Week
Social Studies Experience of Ellis Island Expected to Enrich Curriculum
Summer workshops for teachers on Ellis Island put the debate on immigration into a broader historical context.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, July 25, 2006
9 min read
School & District Management Reporter's Notebook High School Educators Encouraged to Offer More Math and Science
Twenty years into an effort to improve the nation’s high schools, the leaders of High Schools That Work used the program’s recent national conference to encourage nearly 8,000 educators to require more mathematics and science, and to make those classes tougher.
Michele McNeil, July 25, 2006
4 min read
Nageya Omar, left, a student from Egypt, presents her research at a Community Youth Mapping conference in Washington, while Raul Ratcliffe, center, a co-director of the initiative, and Anthony George of New York City, a participant in the program, listen. The goal of the program is to link teenagers with employment and other oppotunities.
Nageya Omar, left, a student from Egypt, presents her research at a Community Youth Mapping conference in Washington, while Raul Ratcliffe, center, a co-director of the initiative, and Anthony George of New York City, a participant in the program, listen. The goal of the program is to link teenagers with employment and other oppotunities.
Roey Yohai for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Egyptian Pupils Map Out Ways to Improve Lot
Two dozen preparatory students from Egypt were in Washington this month to attend a conference about the Community Youth Mapping program, run by the Washington-based Academy for Educational Development, a nonprofit organization focused on education, health, and economic issues.
Laura Greifner, July 25, 2006
2 min read
Business Savvy: Computer science teacher Allen Goodman, foreground, shows the results of a marketing survey he conducted to Russ Schafer, the director of marketing and technology management at the Intel Corp.
Business Savvy: Computer science teacher Allen Goodman, foreground, shows the results of a marketing survey he conducted to Russ Schafer, the director of marketing and technology management at the Intel Corp.
Photo by Erin Lubin for Education Week
Science Real-World Experiences
Forget the beach. Summer "externships" are showing math and science teachers just how much their subjects really count in the workplace.
Rhea R. Borja, July 25, 2006
8 min read
School Choice & Charters Charter-Like School Experiment Expands in Qatar
Even as the merits of charter schools are still debated in the United States, an ambitious, charter-like experiment in public education is fast emerging in the Middle East.
July 25, 2006
3 min read
College & Workforce Readiness States Up Efforts to Let H.S. Students Get Jump On College
States are adopting more policies that permit high school students to get a jump-start on college-level courses, according to a 50-state survey released this summer.
Lynn Olson, July 25, 2006
3 min read
Federal GOP Proposes New National Voucher Plan
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and key GOP lawmakers unveiled a proposal last week to offer vouchers to students in schools that fail for six years to make adequate academic gains under the No Child Left Behind Act.
July 25, 2006
2 min read
School Choice & Charters Public Schools Fare Well Against Private Schools in Study
A new federal study comparing public and private schools reflects findings similar to those of two education researchers earlier this year: When certain scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress are adjusted for socioeconomics, race, and other characteristics, public school students do as well as or better than private school students in some areas.
Mary Ann Zehr, July 25, 2006
3 min read
Federal Education Department Is Losing Two High-Ranking Officials
The leader of a recently created Department of Education office that oversees policy development is stepping down, department officials announced last week.
Michelle R. Davis, July 25, 2006
3 min read
School & District Management Power Over Curriculum at Heart of L.A. Deal
In Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s latest vision for overhauling the Los Angeles public schools, teachers would be given an “authentic and central role” in selecting curriculum and instructional materials for the nation’s second-largest district.
Lesli A. Maxwell, July 25, 2006
4 min read
Federal School Concerns Part of Voting Rights Act Renewal
Previously stalled efforts to renew the federal Voting Rights Act rushed to completion this month, as Congress reauthorized several key provisions that were due to expire next year.
Andrew Trotter, July 25, 2006
5 min read
Special Education Dept. Mum on Rules for Special Ed.Testing
The U.S. Department of Education said last week that it has yet to decide whether to extend an interim policy that allows states to adjust test scores for certain students with disabilities who are believed to be able to meet grade-level standards, but at a pace slower than their peers.
Christina A. Samuels, July 25, 2006
6 min read
School & District Management ECS Prepares to Set Agenda, Find President
The next six months may be some of the most important in the 41-year history of the Education Commission of the States.
David J. Hoff, July 25, 2006
5 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Pennsylvania High School Project Stresses Rigor, Support
Riding a wave of national concern about high schools, Pennsylvania has expanded a pilot program that seeks to boost academic rigor for high school students and create clearer connections to college and work through a revamped counseling system.
Catherine Gewertz, July 25, 2006
4 min read
Law & Courts Lawsuit Seeks Vouchers for N.J. Students
School choice activists hope that they will be able to alter the future of education finance litigation through a new state lawsuit in New Jersey.
David J. Hoff, July 25, 2006
5 min read
Education Federal File Teacher Evaluation
First daughter Jenna Bush is leaving her job as a 3rd grade teacher at the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington to teach in Latin America next year, according to published reports.
Alyson Klein, July 25, 2006
1 min read
Education A Washington Roundup College Try
The Democratic Governors Association last week unveiled a plan aimed at creating more than 1 million more graduates of two- and four-year colleges by 2015.
Alyson Klein, July 25, 2006
1 min read
Education A Washington Roundup Faith-Based Scrutiny
A report by the General Accountability Office on the Bush administration’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative recommends better monitoring of faith-based organizations that receive federal grants to deliver social services.
Andrew Trotter, July 25, 2006
1 min read
Education A Washington Roundup GAO Restates Criticism of Agency’s Publicity Efforts
The Government Accountability Office has rejected the Department of Education’s defense of media-outreach efforts that the congressional watchdog agency has deemed propaganda.
Michelle R. Davis, July 25, 2006
1 min read
Education A Washington Roundup Report Details NEA Funding of Groups That Criticize NCLB
A report by the Washington think tank Education Sector criticizes the National Education Association for using donations to push for changes in the No Child Left Behind Act.
Michelle R. Davis, July 25, 2006
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Nutrition Policies
Almost half the states received failing grades for their policies on the types of food available to students during the school day, according to a report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Christina A. Samuels, July 25, 2006
1 min read
Education A Washington Roundup Bill on Combating Autism Approved by Senate Panel
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee unanimously approved a bill last week that would authorize $500 million over five years for autism research at the National Institutes of Health.
Christina A. Samuels, July 25, 2006
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Education Report Roundup English-Language Learners
Arizona’s English-language learners do increasingly better on the state’s standardized academic tests during each of the first three years they participate in special programs to learn English, but their performance on those tests stagnates or declines if they stay in those programs for more than three years, a policy brief by the Arizona Center for Public Policy concludes.
Mary Ann Zehr, July 25, 2006
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Child Well-Being
National trends in child well-being are no longer rising as steadily as they did in the 1990s, a report says.
Laura Greifner, July 25, 2006
1 min read