February 7, 2007
Education Week, Vol. 26, Issue 22
States Maryland Governor Seeks $1 Billion More for Schools
Gov. Martin O’Malley's education agenda calls for increased funds, but few new initiatives.
School & District Management Teachers Helped to Mine Vocational Classes For Math
Identifying and expanding the use of math in occupational courses can improve student achievement.
Education Audit: Hurricane Aid Is Getting to Schools
The Department of Education has taken “appropriate and reasonable” steps to ensure that federal aid has been fairly distributed to schools affected by the major hurricanes in 2005, says a report released last week by the office of the department’s inspector general.
Education RAND Evaluates Phila. Restructuring
Privately managed schools, introduced four years ago to the 196,000-student Philadelphia public school district, have not shown any statistically significant effects on students’ reading- or math-proficiency scores, according to a report by the Santa Monica, Calif.-based RAND Corp.
Education Small Schools
New York City’s small high schools had an average graduation rate of 79 percent in 2006, 21 percentage points higher than the rate of the district’s average high school, according to a report by WestEd, a nonprofit research, development, and service organization based in San Francisco.
States Higher Education at Forefront of Wisconsin Education Plan
Wisconsin Gov. James E. Doyle calling on lawmakers to “make Wisconsin a place where anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard … can afford to get an education.”
States Ocean State Executive Offers Sweeping School Policy Vision
Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri said he would form a group to craft a 21st Century Education Plan focusing on school finance, teacher quality and compensation, and urban schools.
Education Pilot Foreign-Language Program Could Go Statewide in Georgia
Critics of Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to spread funding say it would undermine the success of the schools that have benefited from state support.
Education Teachers’ School Finance Suit Thrown Out By Indiana Judge
Marion Superior Court Judge Cale J. Bradford said the Indiana State Teachers Association's lawsuit targeted the wrong officials.
Education Federal Official Tells Virginia to Enforce Testing Requirement
Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond J. Simon told Virginia officials that if officials failed to take “appropriate action, this department may take enforcement action against the state.”
Professional Development Chat Wrap-up: Teacher-Directed Professional Development
Readers questioned members of the Teacher Leaders Network about their work with teacher-directed professional development.