September 12, 2007
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 03
Federal Colleges Build Web Sites to Enable Campus Comparisons, Sans Ranks
Long-established college associations and a nascent national organization are either building or planning five free, Web-based college-information platforms that may diminish the U.S. News lists’ influence among high school counselors, students, and parents.
Education Letter to the Editor Valuing Summer Vacation, However Students Spend It
What about assisting students, all students, in making their childhood meaningful, whatever it is?
Education Letter to the Editor Are Students, Not NCLB, Behind New-Teacher Flight?
Jonathan Kozol’s latest screed, "Letters to a Young Teacher," is a good example of why educational writers ought to actually spend some time teaching in a classroom today.
Law & Courts Military Recruitment Ignites an Arizona Rhetorical Firefight
Arizona Superintendent Tom Horne recently criticized opponents of military recruitment for targeting students with their message— and heard howls of protest in return.
School & District Management Ed. Dept. to Finance Study of ‘Responsive Classroom’
The U.S. Department of Education’s research arm has awarded a $2.9 million grant to underwrite a randomized study of the Responsive Classroom, a popular elementary school program aimed at promoting students’ social development.
Law & Courts It’s Time to Confront the Class Divide in American Schools
Peter Sacks offers a class-based approach to addressing educational inequalities.
Equity & Diversity With Immigrants, Districts Balance Safety, Legalities
Schools attempt to navigate stepped-up federal efforts to curb illegal immigration, protection of student privacy, and the safety of students during enforcement operations.
Federal Houston Board to Vote on Changes to Teacher Performance-Bonus
Houston school administrators are seeking board approval this week to overhaul the nation’s largest performance-bonus plan in time for the second annual payout to teachers.
School & District Management Governors Issue Proposals On Head Start Renewal
With the reauthorization of Head Start expected to move to a conference committee in Congress this fall, the National Governors Association has issued its recommendations for improving the 43-year-old federal preschool program for poor children.
Federal Some Schools Take No Restructuring Action, GAO Finds
Researchers have found that schools are reluctant to make major changes even after failing to reach student-achievement targets under the No Child Left Behind Act for five consecutive years.
Teaching Profession Policies Allow Districts to Cut Corners With Substitutes
The majority of states don’t require substitutes to have more than a high school diploma.