October 17, 2007
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 08
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teaching Profession 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.
School Choice & Charters 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.
Law & Courts 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.
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.
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.
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.
School & District Management 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.
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.
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.