February 6, 2008
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 22
Education Funding Funding Formula Revised in N.J.
Just before their 2007-08 legislative session ended in January 2008, New Jersey lawmakers approved a new school funding formula advocated by Gov. Jon Corzine.
States State of the States Massachusetts
Gov. Patrick’s first State of the Commonwealth speech included a call for lawmakers to move swiftly on a proposed increase in education spending.
Education Book Review New in Print
Arts education, school reform, athletics, and more.
Teaching Profession Contract Stalemate Comes With a Price, Minnesotans Find
Failing to reach a contract agreement with teachers on time can cost a school district.
Education Letter to the Editor Public-Service Academy: An Idea Worthy of Support
The academy proposed envisions a very different school and draws attention to the real need for public service, which is not emphasized in the United States at this time.
Student Well-Being Federal File Bill Would Change Liability Standard in Title IX Cases
A bill recently introduced in Congress seeks to modify the effects of two landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions to give students greater legal protection from sexual harassment.
Education Letter to the Editor What About K-8 Model’s Effect on the Youngest?
Young children deserve a setting in which they can build a foundation for success.
Education Letter to the Editor When Performance ‘Rewards’ Are Snatched Away
Having taught in North Carolina, and as a current South Carolina teacher, I was interested in the comparisons between the two states in your Quality Counts 2008 special issue.
Curriculum Report Roundup Sex Education
Thirty percent of sex education teachers in Illinois never received formal sex education training, compared with the national average of 18 percent, says a report.
Education Report Roundup After-School Education
After-school programs can improve participants’ literacy by providing intensive lessons several times a week and establishing strong bonds between instructors and participants.
Federal Report Roundup Research Report: English-Language Learners
School officials should reach out to parents of English-language learners and encourage both student and parental literacy, says a study.
Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teacher Evaluation
Teacher-evaluation systems should assess both the quality of teacher instruction and student achievement.
Education Correction Correction
Assessment Report Roundup Student Cheating
Reading material that promotes a deterministic viewpoint—a belief that one’s actions are pre-determined—encourages students to cheat, suggests a study.
School & District Management Report Roundup Middle School Performance
Higher-performing middle schools share many of the same practices and attributes, concludes a study.
Education Letter to the Editor ‘Business Model’ Thinking Is Outdated—and Wrong
Denis P. Doyle’s Commentary “Why Markets Are Important (and What They Could Do for Public Education)” could have been written as part of a State of the Union address for President Ronald Reagan.
Teacher Preparation College and Charter Groups Team Up to Train Teachers
As part of a new program devised by charter schools and Hunter College, teachers work towards earning master's degrees in elementary education.
Equity & Diversity News in Brief Parents Lose Federal Challenge on Gay-Tolerant School Materials
A court ruled that a Massachusetts district did not violate the rights of the parents or children by exposing them to books they found objectionable on religious grounds.
Student Well-Being News in Brief Hawaii Board Votes Against Funds for Teacher Drug-Testing Program
The board rejected a proposal to pay $400,000 to get the program going by the end of June.
International Report Roundup Teacher-Quality Gap Examined Worldwide
In a comparison of 46 countries, the United States ranked 42nd in its ability to provide equity in the distribution of high-quality math teachers to low- and upper-income 8th graders.
Equity & Diversity Poor Rural Children Attract Close Study
An ambitious project run by two universities is the largest, most comprehensive and representative study to date of children’s development in rural America.
Teaching Profession Retiree Obligations Cloud Fiscal Horizon
States and districts are struggling to fulfill the pension and health-care promises they made to teachers—and the results are mixed.
Teaching Opinion Closing the Science Gap by Hand
American students can quickly become passionate about STEM topics when they are taught in a hands-on way, Anne Spence argues.
School Choice & Charters Bush’s Latest ‘Voucher’ Idea May Face Same Fate as Others
The ‘Pell Grant for Kids’ plan is being criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
IT Infrastructure MIT Orients Course Materials Online to K-12
The site offers free video, audio, and print lectures and course material taken straight from the university's classes.
School & District Management Opinion ‘Scientific Research’ and Policymaking
Frederick M. Hess and Jeffrey R. Henig advocate 'common sense and humility about what research can provide.'
States State of the States Schools Get Fresh Focus in Michigan
Without the budget deficits of recent years, Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm is pushing a number of major education proposals.
Special Education Council Promotes ‘Response’ Idea
The National Council for Learning Disabilities wants universal developmental screening for young children, so that early-literacy or cognitive difficulties can be addressed early.