October 31, 2007
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 10
Reading & Literacy State, Local Officials Again Find ‘Reading First’ Useful
Despite problems with the implementation of the program—which resulted in several federal investigations and congressional hearings over the past two years—it's worth preserving or expanding, a study found.
Federal Study Finds No ‘Educational Triage’ Driven by NCLB
Researchers observed that schools identified as having fallen short of their performance goals succeeded in raising achievement for the entire range of students at risk of failing.
Classroom Technology New Orleans Equips High School Students With Laptops
Thousands of public high school students in New Orleans received their own laptop computers this month as part of a $53 million technology initiative.
An article in the Oct. 10, 2007, issue of Education Week described the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program as “an alternative-certification program.” The program is nontraditional, but those who complete it receive an initial Illinois teaching certification.
An article about Reading First and English-language learners in the Oct. 24, 2007, issue of Education Week should have said that Shelly Spiegel-Coleman is the executive director of Californians Together.
Federal FCC Joins Critics of Pundit’s Contract to Push School Law
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a citation to the commentator Armstrong Williams and his company for promoting the No Child Left Behind Act over the TV airwaves.
School Climate & Safety Wildfires in California Force School Closings
Schooling was disrupted for students throughout Southern California last week as raging wildfires forced closure of about 300 schools in seven counties and turned some schools into emergency shelters amid a mandatory evacuation of 321,000 people.
Federal Spellings Announces Grants for Russian Ed. Partnerships
Three American universities will receive $575,000 to establish partnerships with Russian higher education institutions, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said last week in Moscow.
Education Funding Senate Approves Spending Boost for U.S. Education Department
The U.S. Senate approved a measure last week that would provide $150 billion in discretionary spending for the federal departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services in fiscal 2008.
Science Evolution May Get Specific Mention in Florida State Science Standards
The theory of evolution, not mentioned in the current version of Florida’s state science standards, would be listed as one of seven “big ideas” in a proposed revision of that document.
Student Well-Being CDC Issues Guidelines for Schools on MRSA
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, has provided schools and parents with a concise summary of guidelines on how to prevent the spread of drug-resistant staph infections blamed for the deaths of at least four minors in October.