October 17, 2007

Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 08
Education Letter to the Editor Clarifications and Kudos on ‘Adequacy’ Commentary
None of the letter-writers who have responded to my Commentary seriously disputes the central thrust of my essay that plaintiffs have lost or been disappointed in 14 of the last 15 adequacy decisions.
October 16, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor The ‘Comma Splice’ and Harry Potter’s Grammar
I must point out that the English, the Australians, and often the Canadians consider the comma to be an appropriate mechanism to link two independent clauses.
October 16, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor ‘Tipping Point’ for Choice Awaits Full Funding Equity
I suggest that we will not reach the “tipping point” until all parents have full choice over the education of their children.
October 16, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor A Core Problem: Parents Get What They Want
Parents elect school board members, at least in Missouri and Kansas, to maintain public education at the lowest “uncommon” denominator. What a tragedy for kids in those two states.
October 16, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor If Merit Pay Is So Good, Use It on Federal Workers
If performance-pay research demonstrates positive results, let the government reform the civil service system first—maybe then we can wipe out the federal deficit.
October 16, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor NEA Favors More Pay—But Not Tied to Test Scores
I am writing to clarify the National Education Association’s position on performance pay for teachers linked to student test scores.
October 16, 2007
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School & District Management Office Overseeing D.C. Performance in State of Change
The District of Columbia might not be a state, but it has a state office of education. And that office just got a lot bigger.
Catherine Gewertz, October 16, 2007
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Students in a class using Reading XL learn to do reference research.
Students in a class using Reading XL learn to do reference research.
Barbara P. Fernandez
School & District Management Miami ‘Zone’ Gives Schools Intensive Help
Some of the lowest-performing schools in the Miami-Dade County, Fla., district could soon be weaned from three years of strategic support. Will they be able to sustain their progress?
Catherine Gewertz, October 16, 2007
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College & Workforce Readiness Big Picture to Bring Its Novel Approach to Planned College
Nearly a dozen years ago, a nonprofit called the Big Picture Company opened the doors of a small, intensely student-focused public high school aimed at educating and graduating students at high risk of academic failure.
Scott J. Cech, October 16, 2007
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Teaching Profession Federal File In Supreme Court, Pension Funds Join Battle on Fraud
A U.S. Supreme Court case about corporate fraud attracted the attention of several of the nation’s largest teacher-retirement funds.
Mark Walsh, October 16, 2007
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Student Well-Being Report Roundup Childhood Weight
Children who lose weight are more likely to keep it off if they participate in a weight-maintenance treatment program, but the effects wane over a period of two years, says a recent report.
Katie Ash, October 16, 2007
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teacher Satisfaction
New middle and high school teachers are much less satisfied with their roles as educators than new elementary school teachers, a report says.
Mary C. Breaden, October 16, 2007
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teacher Bargaining
Local teachers’ unions have cooperated with their school districts to reward and promote effective teaching, give civic leaders a stake in schools, and diminish the harmful effects of teacher-seniority protections, concludes a report.
Bess Keller, October 16, 2007
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School Choice & Charters Report Roundup Public vs. Private Study Compares Outcomes for Urban Students
Disadvantaged students from urban areas show about the same results in academic achievement regardless of whether they attended a public or private school, a study shows.
October 16, 2007
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Law & Courts News in Brief Justices Decline to Hear Case on Teacher’s Religious Postings
The Virginia teacher claimed that his principal had wrongfully removed religious items from the bulletin board in the teacher’s public school classroom.
Mark Walsh, October 16, 2007
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Federal Ohio Lawsuits Revive Long-Standing Clash Over States’ Charters
Ohio’s new attorney general is turning to the court system to shut down charter schools he argues have shown consistently poor academic results.
Erik W. Robelen, October 16, 2007
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Teaching Opinion Not Who But What Is Left Behind
Barbara M. Stock fears that the current emphasis on standardization forces schools to abandon the "essential lessons" for becoming a good American.
Barbara M. Stock, October 16, 2007
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Bob Dahm
Assessment Opinion Five Assessment Myths and Their Consequences
Are we helping students and teachers with our assessment practices, or contributing to their problems?, Rick Stiggins asks.
Rick Stiggins, October 16, 2007
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Federal After Four Decades, Pioneer of Calculator Still Leads K-12 Field
Not all educators agree that the best ways to teach mathematics include giving students electronic calculators. But many do.
Andrew Trotter, October 16, 2007
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Cindy Combs, named Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year by a group that promotes activity for people with disabilities, leads students in games using snowshoes at South Breeze Elementary School in Newton, Kan.
Cindy Combs, named Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year by a group that promotes activity for people with disabilities, leads students in games using snowshoes at South Breeze Elementary School in Newton, Kan.
Randy Tobias for Education Week
Student Well-Being Disabilities Seen Complicating Anti-Obesity Efforts
Children with disabilities may face challenges in maintaining healthy body weights, including a lack of outlets designed to help them engage in physical activity.
Christina A. Samuels, October 16, 2007
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College & Workforce Readiness Georgia’s Graduation-Coach Team to Grow
The state is now recruiting private-sector volunteers to reduce the number of dropouts in their communities.
Linda Jacobson, October 16, 2007
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Federal ‘Scientific’ Label in Law Stirs Debate
Lawmakers' proposals for reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act could reduce the focus on randomized experiments.
Debra Viadero, October 16, 2007
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School & District Management News in Brief Wake County Postpones Decision on Student-Assignment Policy
School board members say they need more time to debate a policy that aims to minimize the concentration of poor students in one school.
Lesli A. Maxwell, October 16, 2007
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School Climate & Safety Opinion In-Service
Teacher Agusta Lind starts the school year with lessons about everything but lessons.
Agusta Lind, October 16, 2007
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Teaching Profession Performance Test for New Calif. Teachers Approved
The rigorous assessment requires aspiring educators to show students are learning before they earn their preliminary licenses.
Vaishali Honawar, October 15, 2007
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Federal Researchers to Study N.Y.C.’s School Improvement Efforts
The new partnership hopes to carry out research with practical applications to inform and guide the nation’s biggest school district.
Catherine Gewertz, October 15, 2007
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Law & Courts Opinion God in School
Joseph P. Viteritti explains why he finds the idea of religious charter schools problematic.
Joseph P. Viteritti, October 15, 2007
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Federal Bush, Others Want Law to Go Beyond Basics
President Bush spoke about NCLB last week and added two words to his typical description of the law’s central goal: “or above.”
David J. Hoff, October 12, 2007
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IT Infrastructure Los Angeles Tries Luring Back Dropouts Via Social Networks
The school district is mounting an ambitious campaign to keep students in school, making use of popular so-called "Web 2.0" tools.
Lesli A. Maxwell, October 12, 2007
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