January 31, 2007

Education Week, Vol. 26, Issue 21
Education Missouri Governor Seeks $214 Million Hike In School Aid
The plan would help underwrite initiatives in instructional technology, early-childhood education, and after-school programs.
Debra Viadero, January 30, 2007
3 min read
Federal PR Campaign for Better Schooling Keeps Low Profile Since Its Debut
Funds are currently going towards an interactive Web site, strategy, research, and "creative development."
January 30, 2007
4 min read
Student Well-Being Weight Problems Seen in High School Football
Forty-five percent of players in a recent study were classified as being overweight, including 9 percent who met adult standards of severe obesity.
Laura Greifner, January 30, 2007
3 min read
Science Computer Animation Being Used to Bring Science Concepts to Life
But evidence of learning gains remains sparse.
Debra Viadero, January 30, 2007
6 min read
School & District Management Select Group Wields Gavel on State Education Policy
Legislative committees invest broad authority in panels' top leadership.
Michele McNeil, January 30, 2007
6 min read
School Climate & Safety Justices Decline Case on Student’s Violent Writing
The student's family argued that the punishment imposed by the district violated his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
Andrew Trotter, January 30, 2007
4 min read
Federal KIPP Schools to be Studied for Long Haul
A $14.6 million grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies will fund the largest study to date of KIPP schools.
January 30, 2007
1 min read
Teaching Profession A National Roundup Teachers in Fla. Charter Schools Vote to Join Local Union Affiliate
According to organizers for the AFT, the teachers are the first in a network of charter schools to unionize through a representation election.
Bess Keller, January 30, 2007
1 min read
School & District Management Ousted Chicago Teachers Union President to Take On Her Successor
Former union President Deborah Lynch lost the last election by just over 500 votes.
Vaishali Honawar, January 30, 2007
3 min read
Reading & Literacy Inspector General Faults Handling of ‘Reading First’ in Ga.
Georgia education officials mismanaged several aspects of the federal Reading First program, says a report by the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Education.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, January 30, 2007
4 min read
School & District Management Public Gets to Vet Superintendent
The Minneapolis school board is asking the public to help it decide whether to keep its chief or search for a new one.
Jeff Archer, January 30, 2007
1 min read
Education Report Roundup School Facilities
Public school buildings are often too big or too small for the number of students enrolled, a survey of principals concludes.
Laura Greifner, January 30, 2007
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Lessons from Chicago
Strong curricula, better professional development for teachers, and shared leadership between parent councils, principals, and teachers are among the most important factors to improve student learning, a report drawing on the experience of the Chicago public schools argues.
January 30, 2007
1 min read
Special Education Report Roundup Charter Schools
Special education is one area in which charter schools could benefit from external assistance, a University of Maryland report concludes.
January 30, 2007
1 min read
Manuel J. Rivera, seen in San Diego after accepting the 2006 Superintendent of the Year award from the American Association of School Administrators, won't be Boston's next superintendent.
Manuel J. Rivera, seen in San Diego after accepting the 2006 Superintendent of the Year award from the American Association of School Administrators, won't be Boston's next superintendent.
File photo courtesy of AASA
School & District Management Rivera Bows Out; Boston to Open New Hunt
The reversal delays a transition that is already a year behind schedule.
Catherine Gewertz, January 30, 2007
4 min read
Education Report Roundup Merit Pay Linked to Learning Gains
A merit-pay program for teachers in Arkansas’ largest school district appears to be spurring gains in student test scores, according to an analysis by researchers from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Debra Viadero, January 30, 2007
1 min read
Federal Commentary No National Standards for Public Schools
Andrew J. Coulson, the director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, argues against a recently introduced bill in Congress that calls for national standards in math and science and says the proposal is "more of the same, and the same isn’t working out."
Andrew J. Coulson, January 30, 2007
4 min read
Curriculum Project on First Amendment Targets Students, Teachers
Channel One, the for-profit news network for schools, this month launched a three-year program to promote awareness of the First Amendment.
Laura Greifner, January 30, 2007
1 min read
Curriculum Interactive Expedition Focuses on Longevity
When a group of scientists, journalists, and explorers visits several remote Central American villages this week to investigate the inhabitants’ unusual longevity, students will be helping direct the multimedia expedition.
Laura Greifner, January 30, 2007
1 min read
Teacher Teresa Escamilla works on a reading exercise with kindergarten students at Sheridan Elementary in the Kings Canyon Unified School District, which has been working with a Bay Area school reform group.
Teacher Teresa Escamilla works on a reading exercise with kindergarten students at Sheridan Elementary in the Kings Canyon Unified School District, which has been working with a Bay Area school reform group.
Photo by Gary Kazanjian
School & District Management Districts Make Strides With Common Vision
With the help of outside partners, two rural school systems in California's Central Valley have improved their instruction and raised scores.
Linda Jacobson, January 30, 2007
7 min read
Early Childhood Commentary Evaluating Montessori
Jacqueline Cossentino, Montessori researcher and professor of education policy and leadership at the University of Maryland, explains why the recent positive research findings on Montessori schools matter more than you may think.
Jacqueline Cossentino, January 30, 2007
7 min read
ESL teacher Kristin Yoder Kauffman explains the word "shuddering" to 4th and 5th graders during their two-hour reading class at Virginia's Waterman Elementary School, in Harrisonburg.
ESL teacher Kristin Yoder Kauffman explains the word "shuddering" to 4th and 5th graders during their two-hour reading class at Virginia's Waterman Elementary School, in Harrisonburg.
Christopher Powers/Education Week
Federal Tussle Over English-Language Learners
Officials call it unfair to require stricter reading test for some still working on skills.
Mary Ann Zehr, January 30, 2007
7 min read
Education A State Capitals Roundup N.J. Veto Is Expected on Holidays Measure
Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey has vowed to veto a legislative provision that would eliminate a requirement that K-12 schools hold commemorative ceremonies or instruction the day before certain holidays, such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
Jessica L. Tonn, January 30, 2007
1 min read
Federal Bush Offers ‘Blueprint’ for NCLB
Republicans and Democrats agree that the priority should be improving the nation’s lowest-achieving schools.
David J. Hoff, January 30, 2007
5 min read
Federal Spellings Hits Road, Stresses Charter Plan
The Bush administration's plan for NCLB renewal includes expanding the role of charter schools and revamping high school instruction.
Alyson Klein, January 30, 2007
3 min read
Education State of the States New Governor Urges Patience on Full-Day-Kindergarten Push
Gov. Jim Gibbons said he wants to stick with the current pilot program instead of calling for statewide implementation.
Linda Jacobson, January 30, 2007
1 min read
Education State of the States Robotics, Technology Priorities in Hawaii
Gov. Linda Lingle said students need to be able to “compete with the best and the brightest from around the world.”
Linda Jacobson, January 30, 2007
1 min read
School & District Management AFT No Longer a Major Player in Reform Arena
The focus of the union has changed with loss of leaders and shift in nation's political climate.
Vaishali Honawar, January 30, 2007
12 min read
Education Ohio Forces Spar Over Constitution
A coalition of state public school groups is seeking high-quality education via amendment.
Michele McNeil, January 30, 2007
1 min read