January 16, 2008
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 19
Federal NCLB Once Again a Legislative Target of Minnesota Critics
When the legislature reconvenes next month, state senators will debate whether the state should refuse to follow mandates under the No Child Left Behind Act—potentially forfeiting up to $250 million in annual federal funding.
Student Well-Being Utah School Faces Unusual Challenge Under NCLB Law
Like most schools serving disadvantaged students, West Middle School in Fort Duchesne, Utah, has struggled to meet its student-achievement goals under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Education Funding Pennsylvania Lawmakers Eyeing Cost of School Finance Revamp
A study requested by the legislature said the state would need to spend $2,500 more per child than it now spends to deliver a quality education.
Education Letter to the Editor Accountability Systems Need Many Data Sources
Most current “growth” models for educational accountability fail to address the public’s primary concern about the No Child Left Behind Act’s intense focus on testing: the reduction of curriculum and instruction to “teaching the test.”
Curriculum Why Markets Are Important (And What They Could Do for Public Education)
Denis P. Doyle comments on the heavy hand of tradition and the lack of entrepreneurial vitality in the education realm.
Teaching Profession Carnegie Selects Prominent Scholar as New President
Anthony S. Bryk, a nationally known education researcher, has been named the next president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Federal Rural Schools: Growing, Diverse, and ... Complicated
Government has not served rural students well, especially where need is greatest, Rachel B. Tompkins contends.
Reading & Literacy Massive Funding Cuts to ‘Reading First’ Generate Worries for Struggling Schools
The reduction of more than 60 percent may affect reading coaches, professional-development programs, and instructional materials that are the cornerstones of the Reading First program.
Federal Tying Cash Awards to AP-Exam Scores Seen as Paying Off
As money-for-achievement programs grow, the debate over whether remuneration works in education and what the trade-offs are sharpens.
School & District Management Assessment to Rate Principal Leadership to Be Field-Tested
Known as VAL-ED, the tool has been developed by a team of experts to measure leadership behaviors that research has found are associated with student achievement.
Teaching Profession Justices Examine Age Disparity in Retirement Systems
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether certain disparities in a state’s public-employee retirement system violate the main federal law against age discrimination.
Federal Need for Proposed U.S. Public Service Academy Debated
A Teach For America veteran is leading the effort to finance and establish a university that offers a free, four-year degree to students in exchange for five years of postgraduate work in the public sector.