October 24, 2007
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 09
Reading & Literacy ‘Reading First’ Panel Awaits Program Evaluation Reports
Is Reading First working? Advocates claim it is and critics say it isn’t, while others contend there isn’t enough information to know.
Teaching Profession ‘Peace and Stability’ Campaign Prevails for Ontario’s Unions
The Premier’s policies include salary increases and engendered trust.
School & District Management Ontario Pins Hopes on Practices, Not Testing, to Achieve
Americans who want to see school improvement that is focused less on test-scores and more on engaging teachers and principals should look to the North.
Families & the Community When It Comes to Math and Science, Mom and Dad Count
The connection between parental influence and children’s interest in math and science has received increasing attention among researchers, as educators search for ways to urge more students to pursue the subjects.
School & District Management The Not-So-Inevitable Failure of High School Conversions
Stephen Fink and Max Silverman offer specific strategies to increase the likelihood of small schools’ success.
A news brief in the Oct. 17, 2007, edition of Education Week about an executive transition at the Lumina Foundation mistakenly omitted the last name of Martha D. Lamkin, who is retiring as president and chief executive officer. She is being succeeded on Jan. 1 by Jamie P. Merisotis.
Education Letter to the Editor Missing a Crucial Event in Albert Shanker’s Evolution
Your article on Richard D. Kahlenberg’s recently published biography of Albert Shanker gives short shrift to the effect that Ocean Hill-Brownsville had on Mr. Shanker and the largest local union in the AFL-CIO.
Federal Evers Wins Senate Confirmation for Education Department Post
The U.S. Senate last week confirmed Williamson M. Evers to serve as assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development in the U.S. Department of Education.
Education Funding Arizona Lawmakers Get Deadline on Plan to Pay for ELL Services
A federal judge has set a deadline of March 4 for the Arizona legislature to approve a plan to pay adequately for the education of English-language learners.
Education ETS Wins Five-Year NAEP Contract, Continuing Firm’s Work Since 1983
Nonprofit organization will design, analyze, and report information for "nation's report card."
Federal NCLB and School Choice
A higher percentage of students participate in supplemental educational services than in school choice programs available under the No Child Left Behind Act, but very few parents are actually aware of the existence of either of these federal programs, says a policy brief.
Federal Report Card Time for Research Arm of Education Dept.
The Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the Department of Education, is the latest department program to get an “effective” rating from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Curriculum Genocide Claiming a Larger Place in Middle and High School Lessons
With an array of new curriculum resources, teachers are finding ways to give their students a more comprehensive look at genocide historically and in current events.
Student Well-Being Experiments Aim to Ease Effects of ‘Stereotype Threat’
Researchers are developing tools and techniques to improve the academic achievement of students who are most likely to suffer from negative stereotypes in the classroom.
Education Funding In Consolidating Districts, States Run Tricky Course To Secure Local Support
States are dealing with complications over funding, resistance from residents, and criticism that the plans may not save as much money as promised.
Teaching Stop the Narrowing of the Curriculum by ‘Right-Sizing’ School Time
Educators need to significantly expand learning time in order to match 21st-century learning goals, S. Paul Reville contends.