March 21, 2007

Education Week, Vol. 26, Issue 28
Education Deadlines

Educator and School Awards, Contests, Fellowships, and Other Deadlines

March 20, 2007
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Education Events

April 2007


16—Administrators: How to Organize the Elementary School, sponsored by Hofstra University, for administrators, at the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus, Hempstead, N.Y. Contact: Barbara Calvo, Hofstra University, Hagedorn Hall, Hempstead, NY 11549; (516) 463-5750; e-mail: barbara.calvo@hofstra.edu; Web site: www.hofstra.edu.
March 20, 2007
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School & District Management Ruling on Workplace Speech Affects Superintendent’s Case
A recent federal appeals court decision shows the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision from last year on First Amendment protections for government employees.
Andrew Trotter, March 20, 2007
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Gifted students in Chicago were disciplined for wearing T-shirts with this design, after it failed to win a school contest. The student contended their free-speech rights were violated, but a federal appeals court disagreed.
Gifted students in Chicago were disciplined for wearing T-shirts with this design, after it failed to win a school contest. The student contended their free-speech rights were violated, but a federal appeals court disagreed.
Law & Courts Court Says ‘Gifties’ Misapplied Talents
Students contended that their principal violated their free-speech rights by disciplining them for wearing T-shirts they had designed.
Andrew Trotter, March 20, 2007
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School & District Management Texas Principals Get Training in ‘Quality’
The American Productivity & Quality Center has begun teaching school districts how businesses learn from one another to boost their performance.
Jeff Archer, March 20, 2007
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Education A National Roundup Educator Lauded for 'Courage'
Doris Voitier, the superintendent of the St. Bernard Parish, La., public schools, was recognized for her leadership in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Ann Bradley, March 20, 2007
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Assessment Contract Fight Halts Oregon’s Online Testing
The state last week sued Vantage Learning after the vendor shut down access to assessments on the Web.
Andrew Trotter, March 20, 2007
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States Ohio Governor Proposes Ending ‘EdChoice’ Vouchers
Eliminating the program would cut out "wastefulness and giveaways," according to Gov. Ted Strickland.
Jessica L. Tonn, March 20, 2007
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Early Childhood Report Finds Improvement in Pre-K Area
Programs in 16 states made policy changes that allowed them to reach more early-education benchmarks.
Linda Jacobson, March 20, 2007
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Federal Administration Wants Districts Free to Transfer Teachers
Officials would be able to override collective bargaining contracts while staffing their most troubled schools.
Vaishali Honawar, March 20, 2007
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Federal House Education Panel OKs Reauthorization of Head Start
The bill aims to expand eligibility for the program, bolster accountability for grantees, and boost teacher qualifications.
Alyson Klein, March 20, 2007
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Education Commentary New in Print
Brain research, diversity, and issues of church and state are some of the topics covered in this month's book reviews.
Anne E. Das, March 20, 2007
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International Contractor Leaves Iraq With Some School Projects Undone
The war prevented a Washington-based firm from completing some tasks, according to a recent audit.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 20, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor ‘Truthiness in Education’
Watchdogs are a welcome and necessary part of any community and everyone deserves to be watched, scholars and think tanks included.
March 20, 2007
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Reading & Literacy Letter to the Editor In Reading, a Scandal Without Consequences
It seems that in Washington there are scandals, and then there are scandals.
March 20, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor National Standards Need Greater School Uniformity
It is more than a little ironic that Paul Vallas is advocating national standards.
March 20, 2007
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Teaching Student Council Project Aims to Encourage Civic Activism
A National Association of Student Councils project aims to train educators and students to improve their schools.
Bess Keller, March 20, 2007
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Social Studies World History and Geography Gain Traction In Class
An increasing number of U.S. high school students are taking courses designed to expand their international knowledge.
Sean Cavanagh, March 20, 2007
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School Climate & Safety Phila. Cracks Down on Assaults by Students
A recent wave of violence against teachers has prompted new policies on student offenders.
Lesli A. Maxwell, March 20, 2007
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Volunteer Nellie Curley works with Sky Yazzie, 6, right, on a math game at the Navajo Language Immersion School, where children are taught in English and in Navajo.
Volunteer Nellie Curley works with Sky Yazzie, 6, right, on a math game at the Navajo Language Immersion School, where children are taught in English and in Navajo.
Christopher Powers/Education Week
Equity & Diversity A Culture Put to the Test
A rigorous Navajo-immersion program draws on both tradition and modern accountability tools to improve student achievement.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 20, 2007
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Edward J. McElroy, right, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, testifies before a hearing last week as Arthur J. Rothkopf, left, and Michael Casserly listen.
Edward J. McElroy, right, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, testifies before a hearing last week as Arthur J. Rothkopf, left, and Michael Casserly listen.
Hector Emanuel for Education Week
Federal Views of AFT, NEA on Reauthorization Getting Closer
The two national teachers’ unions want a radical overhaul of the federal law’s accountability measures.
David J. Hoff, March 20, 2007
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Teaching Profession Teachers in One-Quarter of W.Va. Districts Walk Out
Nearly 5,000 teachers did not report to work to protest a lower-than-expected raise.
Vaishali Honawar, March 20, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor Union Letter Produces a ‘Hanging Curveball’
While forcing myself through Paul J. Phillips’ Feb. 28, 2007, letter to the editor, I nearly fell out of my chair when I got to this unwitting invitation for ridicule.
March 20, 2007
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Mathematics Letter to the Editor And an Essayist Misreads Alfred North Whitehead
In his spirited attack on what he characterizes as anti-reform forces in math education, T.C. O’Brien speculates that British mathematician Alfred North Whitehead must have foreseen Parrot Math.
March 20, 2007
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Mathematics Letter to the Editor Math’s ‘Anti-Reformers’ Misread Asian Competitors
It’s ironic that many of the Asian countries anti-reformers hold up as pinnacles of mathematics education are actually shifting away from drills and direct instruction and toward a more inquiry-based approach that promotes creativity and the use of technology.
March 20, 2007
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School & District Management Superintendent Hired in Detroit
The next leader of the troubled Detroit public schools hails from a district only one-twentieth the size of the Motor City’s, but she insists she can get the job done.
Jeff Archer, March 20, 2007
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School Choice & Charters A Washington Roundup GOP Bill Offers Vouchers
Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., introduced a bill that would provide private school vouchers for students in persistently low-performing schools under the No Child Left Behind Act.
March 20, 2007
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Assessment A Washington Roundup Eight States Advance for Growth-Model Pilot
Under the pilot project, states receive approval to define AYP based on methods that track students’ academic growth over time.
David J. Hoff, March 20, 2007
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Recruitment & Retention A Washington Roundup House Panel OKs New Hurricane Aid
A supplemental fiscal 2007 spending bill to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan includes $30 million for public schools still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Alyson Klein, March 20, 2007
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