January 24, 2007

Education Week, Vol. 26, Issue 20
Education Events
22-24—Reading: 16th Core Knowledge National Conference: Integrating Reading and Literacy Across the Content Areas, sponsored by the Core Knowledge Foundation, for elementary- and middle-level educators and administrators, at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington. Contact: Core Knowledge Foundation, Conference Registrar, 801 E. High St., Charlottesville, VA 22902; Web site: www.coreknowledge.org/ conference.
January 25, 2007
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Education Funding Grants Grants
Minnesota: Melissa Briski, Mt. Iron-Buhl Schools, ISD #712, Mt. Iron.
January 25, 2007
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Teaching Profession Commentary Standing for Students, Standing for Change
Rather than a top-down approach to school reform, we should focus on the educational experiences of individual students, writes George Wood.
George Wood, January 23, 2007
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Beth Amstad, a registered nurse at the Southeastern Health Center, uses a compressed air device to vaccinate a student.
Beth Amstad, a registered nurse at the Southeastern Health Center, uses a compressed air device to vaccinate a student.
Photo by Sevans/Education Week
Student Well-Being Vaccination Policies Fall on Schools’ Shoulders
Maryland’s scramble to get middle school students up to date on their vaccinations serves as a warning for school and public-health officials nationwide.
Christina A. Samuels, January 23, 2007
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Federal Companies Want Changes in NCLB Tutoring Policies
Disappointing numbers fuel call for steps aimed at boosting student participation.
Rhea R. Borja, January 23, 2007
5 min read
Equity & Diversity College Offers Lessons Tied to Katrina Documentary
With a $975,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, a team of educators at Teachers College, Columbia University, is developing curriculum materials linked to a recent Spike Lee documentary on the devastation Hurricane Katrina wrought in New Orleans.
Katie Ash, January 23, 2007
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Infrastructure Kentucky Debuts Online College and Career Tool for Students
An interactive guidance system will help students fulfill the state’s requirement that they complete an "individual learning plan" to graduate from high school.
Rhea R. Borja, January 23, 2007
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John H. Estey, right, the chief of staff for Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, works with fellow members of the board of control for the Chester-Upland school district at a Jan. 18 meeting. Mr. Estey was appointed to the position this month by a judge, with support of the governor. The state has been in court seeking a greater role in managing the district, which is one of its lowest-performing.
John H. Estey, right, the chief of staff for Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, works with fellow members of the board of control for the Chester-Upland school district at a Jan. 18 meeting. Mr. Estey was appointed to the position this month by a judge, with support of the governor. The state has been in court seeking a greater role in managing the district, which is one of its lowest-performing.
Michael Branscom for Education Week
School & District Management Governor Wages Battle for Control of Pa. District
The governor's chief of staff is appointed to the control board of one of the state's worst-performing school districts.
Catherine Gewertz, January 23, 2007
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Curriculum ‘What Works’ Reviewers Find No Learning Edge for Leading Math Texts
Only one elementary school math program has received even a qualified nod from evaluators for its research record.
Debra Viadero, January 23, 2007
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School & District Management Guidelines for ‘What Works’ Contract Signal Shifts
The U.S. Department of Education wants its clearinghouse to become more relevant to educators in the field, according to bid specifications for potential contractors that the agency published last month.
Debra Viadero, January 23, 2007
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School & District Management NEA Drives Home Policy Point With Dropout Issue
The union's demonstrated commitment to the so-called "dropout crisis" furthers several of its strategic goals.
Bess Keller, January 23, 2007
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School & District Management NEA Wants Role in School Improvement Agenda
Pressure from supporters and critics, as well as the changing education landscape, will challenge the union's strategic goals.
Bess Keller, January 23, 2007
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Federal Bills on Competitiveness Resurface in New Congress
New proposals focus on improving the skills of math and science teachers and creating more incentives for teachers to enter and stay in the profession.
Sean Cavanagh, January 23, 2007
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Equity & Diversity Maryland SEED School Gets Boost From Donors
Baltimore-area philanthropists Art and Patricia Modell recently pledged $5 million to open a public boarding school for disadvantaged students in Maryland.
Katie Ash, January 23, 2007
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Drug and Alcohol Use
Use of illegal drugs in cars may be a bigger problem for teenagers than the consumption of alcohol in cars, a survey suggests.
Michelle R. Davis, January 23, 2007
1 min read
Federal Stafford Interest Cut Gets Bipartisan Support
A bill approved last week in the House of Representatives would gradually reduce the current annual interest rate on new, federally subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduates.
Alyson Klein, January 23, 2007
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Education Report Roundup Full-Day Kindergarten
Participation in full-day kindergarten might not help reduce learning gaps between different groups of children, a report says.
Linda Jacobson, January 23, 2007
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Academic Performance
In 2003, 75 percent of students ages 12 to 17 met or exceeded the appropriate academic level for their age, up from 69 percent in 1994, says a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Katie Ash, January 23, 2007
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Education Report Roundup NCLB Reauthorization
A survey of education insiders found that nearly all of them believed the law would not be reauthorized until after the 2008 presidential election.
Michelle R. Davis, January 23, 2007
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Education Report Roundup States Exercise NCLB Flexibility
A report suggests that more and more states are following changes that the department already allowed in other states’ plans.
Jessica L. Tonn, January 23, 2007
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Early Childhood Mass. Preschool Boosters Hope to Ride National Wave
Gov. Deval L. Patrick, who took office Jan. 5, has made public preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as full-day kindergarten, central elements of his education platform.
Linda Jacobson, January 23, 2007
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Education A State Capitals Roundup Longtime Educator Is Named New Schools Chief in Conn.
The Connecticut state board of education unanimously voted last week to appoint Mark K. McQuillan, a longtime Massachusetts educator, to be the state’s new education commissioner.
Lesli A. Maxwell, January 23, 2007
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Federal States Adopt New Tests for English-Learners
The new changes aim to meet federal requirements, though some officials protest.
Mary Ann Zehr, January 23, 2007
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States State of the States Community Colleges a Focus in Wyoming
Gov. Dave Freudenthal called on Wyoming residents to look beyond their own counties, school districts, and political parties and to concentrate on the state first.
Katie Ash, January 23, 2007
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Equity & Diversity Gates, Hewlett Backing Project in Africa, S. Asia
The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Menlo Park, Calif.-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have announced plans to commit $60 million to increase literacy rates and improve primary and secondary education in some South Asian and sub-Saharan countries.
Rhea R. Borja, January 23, 2007
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Teacher Preparation Artificial-Intelligence Research Under Way for Teacher Prep
A Pennsylvania company has received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on “artificial intelligence” software for use in teacher training.
Sean Cavanagh, January 23, 2007
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States State of the States Security, Teacher Pay Top W. Va. Agenda
West Virginia should focus its attention on improving its response to school emergencies, says governor.
Laura Greifner, January 23, 2007
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Assessment Teachers Say Testing Deters Use of Current Events
Daily newspapers and other news sources are considered important instructional resources for teaching about citizenship, politics, and government, and many teachers are using the news more now than they did five years ago, according to a recent survey. But testing mandates are making it more difficult for the majority of the social science teachers who responded to the survey to fit current events into the curriculum.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, January 23, 2007
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States State of the States Teacher Raises Urged by Utah Governor
Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. pushed for salary increases and "targeted financial incentives."
Jessica L. Tonn, January 23, 2007
1 min read