March 5, 2008

Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 26
Equity & Diversity Video Interviews: The Lost Years
War, displacement, and lack of money have prevented Iraqi children from going to school for lengthy stretches of time. They have more opportunities now, but little help in catching up.
March 4, 2008
Equity & Diversity Video Interviews: The Lost Years
War, displacement, and lack of money have prevented Iraqi children from going to school for lengthy stretches of time. They have more opportunities now, but little help in catching up.
March 4, 2008
Equity & Diversity Video Interviews: The Lost Years
War, displacement, and lack of money have prevented Iraqi children from going to school for lengthy stretches of time. They have more opportunities now, but little help in catching up.
March 4, 2008
Equity & Diversity Video Interviews: The Lost Years
War, displacement, and lack of money have prevented Iraqi children from going to school for lengthy stretches of time. They have more opportunities now, but little help in catching up.
March 4, 2008
Education Letter to the Editor Collaborative Leadership: Public Schools Have It, Too
Not only can schools learn from the KIPP model of charter school, they can learn from regular public schools, too.
March 4, 2008
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Leadership Preparation: Offering a Case in Point
Richard F. Elmore’s comments on the importance of focusing leaders on what is actually going on in the classroom, while grounding the work of leadership development in real-life and real-time conditions, are spot on.
March 4, 2008
2 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Dialects, Spelling Bees, and a Phonetic Alphabet
I urge educators to assess the present plight of American orthography, devise a practical means of transitioning to a phonetic alphabet of choice, and then broadcast their conclusions and implement their recommendations.
March 4, 2008
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Amend NCLB to Require Quality Physical Education
More needs to be done to strengthen both the minds and bodies of American children.
March 4, 2008
1 min read
Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Teacher Ed. Group Notes Clearinghouse on Abuse
Since 1987, the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification has operated a clearinghouse designed to prevent educators who have had adverse action taken against their credentials from becoming licensed to teach in another state.
March 4, 2008
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Opinion 10 Ways to Move Beyond Bully Prevention (And Why We Should)
Lyn Mikel Brown shares lessons learned during her seven years at the helm of the nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women.
Lyn Mikel Brown, March 4, 2008
6 min read
School & District Management Hefty Pay Increase Arrives Early in Term for Louisiana Chief
Louisiana state schools Superintendent Paul G. Pastorek, on the job for less than a year, will soon receive a $50,000 salary boost, bringing his annual earnings up to almost $350,000.
Katie Ash, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Test Results and Drive-By Evaluations
Isn’t there a better way to judge teachers?, Thomas Toch asks.
Thomas Toch, March 4, 2008
4 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
Illustration by Dave Cutler
Federal Opinion A New National Strategy for Improving Teaching in High-Need Schools
James B. Hunt Jr. and Thomas H. Kean outline the "fellowship" approach to teacher training.
James B. Hunt Jr. & Thomas H. Kean, March 4, 2008
6 min read
Student Well-Being The Lost Years
War, displacement, and lack of money have prevented Iraqi children from going to school for lengthy stretches of time. They have more opportunities now, but little help in catching up.
Mary Ann Zehr & Yasmine Mousa, March 4, 2008
12 min read
Equity & Diversity ‘Culture of Fear’ Afflicts Iraqi Education System
No one seems to have reliable information about how widespread violent incidents are, making it difficult to know the overall status of schooling in Iraq.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 4, 2008
3 min read
Education Letter to the Editor To Keep Young Teachers, Tend to School Budgets
We need a better method of financing our education system, so that it isn’t a victim of every economic downturn, and we need better monitoring of district spending as well.
March 4, 2008
1 min read
Student Well-Being Family Risk Factors Seen Contributing to Chronic Absence
Until recently, research on the effects of family risk factors on children has mostly focused on the infant, toddler, and preschool years—without much knowledge about how these issues affect children once they enter school.
Linda Jacobson, March 4, 2008
1 min read
School Choice & Charters Report Roundup School Choice
Parents of students enrolled in private schools in the city of Washington through a voucher program are eight to 13 times better informed about their children’s schooling than parents with children enrolled in traditional public schools, concludes a study.
Mary C. Breaden, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Report Roundup Adult Online Learning
About 70 percent of adult learners taking classes online do not finish their courses, according to a study.
Mary C. Breaden, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Teen Contraceptive Use
More than half of teenagers engaging in sexual relationships have used contraception all of the time, a report finds.
Mary C. Breaden, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Report Roundup School Libraries
School library media centers should focus on motivating students, expanding access to technologies, and working with students with disabilities, report concludes.
Mary C. Breaden, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Education Report Roundup High School Dropouts
High schools in California had an average dropout rate of 3.5 percent for the 2005-06 school year, according to a recent study.
Mary C. Breaden, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Teaching Profession Report Roundup Measures Suggested for Retaining Teachers
Public school teacher attrition would be lessened if schools offered new teachers more support and guidance, concludes a policy brief.
Mary C. Breaden, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Leaders Targeting Calif. Districts
Six failing school districts will be assigned intervention teams by the state education department in an effort to pull them out of program improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Linda Jacobson, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Math Panel Sets Vote on Report
The National Mathematics Advisory Panel will vote March 13 on whether to adopt its final report.
Sean Cavanagh, March 4, 2008
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief U.S. Supreme Court Declines Two Appeals on School Cases
In the first, a Georgia father was seeking the justices’ review of a case in which he alleged that school officials ignored repeated complaints of sexual abuse.
Mark Walsh, March 4, 2008
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief L.A. Mayor Announces Picks for Management of Partnership
Angela Bass will serve as superintendent of instruction. Marshall Tuck will be the chief executive officer.
Ann Bradley, March 4, 2008
1 min read
School & District Management States Eye Looser Rein on Districts
The push to give school districts greater operating flexibility is seeing a resurgence.
Linda Jacobson, March 4, 2008
7 min read
Federal Federal File A Key Republican Sees Odds Dipping for NCLB Renewal
House members aren’t making progress on their pledge to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act this year, according to Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon.
David J. Hoff, March 4, 2008
1 min read