November 7, 2007
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 11
Education Letter to the Editor Would Religious Charters Divide Us at Public Expense?
Fragmenting our school population along religious, linguistic, and cultural lines is a surefire formula for the destruction of public education and social peace.
Education Letter to the Editor Can NCLB Naiveté Become National-Standards Wisdom?
Given Chester E. Finn Jr.'s record of admitted error and naiveté, why should we believe him when he says that national standards and testing will be any less destructive than state standards and testing?
Education Letter to the Editor Praise for ‘Modest’ Principal of Converted High Schools
For any politicians, funders, and educators who doubt successful conversion can be done, I highly recommend the Coalition of Essential Schools’ “School Culture” DVD.
Education Letter to the Editor Gender Affects Language in Teacher-Sex-Abuse Story
People have different responses to sex-abuse cases by male and female teachers because the media portray them quite differently.
Education Letter to the Editor Post-Sputnik Law’s Impact Not Seen in Moon Landing
The frantic American attempt to beef up math and science in public schools through the National Defense Education Act of 1958 played absolutely no role in the moon landing.
• An Oct. 24, 2007, article in Education Week about parents’ influence on their children’s interest in mathematics and science misidentified the city where Pieter Noordam resides. He lives in San Jose, Calif.
Teaching Profession Idaho Eyes a Swap: Teacher Pay Raises for Job Protections
A $59 million plan from the Idaho Department of Education could raise annual salaries for some teachers in the state by thousands of dollars, but to get some of the money, they would have to give up job security.
Curriculum Foreign-Languages Acquisition a Vital Part of District’s Mission
The 8,000-student Glastonbury school district outside Hartford, Conn., is now viewed as a model for meeting the demand for graduates with language skills and an understanding of other countries and cultures.
School Choice & Charters Green Dot, N.Y.C. Teachers’ Union Clear Hurdle for Starting Charter
A panel of New York education officials has approved a new charter high school for the South Bronx to be jointly operated by the Los Angeles-based Green Dot Public Schools and the United Federation of Teachers.
College & Workforce Readiness Texas Proposing Tougher Standards to Assure Preparation for College
Texas students may be expected to meet more-rigorous standards in core subject areas under proposed college-readiness standards.
Federal New Federal Regulations Take Aim at Student-Loan Conflicts of Interest
The new regulations require colleges to have at least three lenders on their so-called “preferred-lender lists,” which are distributed to students.
Federal Illinois Drops Its Alternative Test for English-Language Learners
State officials haven’t been able to convince the U.S. Department of Education the test is comparable to the state’s regular tests.
Infrastructure Cellphones in Classrooms Land Teachers on Online Video Sites
The threat of exposure by cellphone cameras has potential professional, as well as emotional, consequences for teachers.