March 19, 2008

Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 28
States State of the States Florida
In his speech to state lawmakers who were kicking off a 60-day legislative session, Gov. Crist called for fully funding the revised merit-pay program for teachers that the legislature created last year.
Michele McNeil, March 18, 2008
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Education Report Roundup Chicago Study Shows Barriers to College
Only 41 percent of Chicago high school students who want to attend a four-year college actually manage to enroll the fall after graduation, a study finds.
Catherine Gewertz, March 18, 2008
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Education Correction Corrections
A story in the March 12, 2008, issue of Education Week on home-schoolers should have said that home-schoolers in Wisconsin oppose legislation to more closely regulate virtual charter schools. Larry Kaseman, the executive director of the Wisconsin Parents Association, a statewide home-schooling group, said the legislation would undermine home-schoolers’ freedom to choose curricula, to decide which tests to give, and to operate with little to no interference from government officials.
March 18, 2008
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Special Education Report Roundup Students With Disabilities
Students with disabilities have been offered fewer options for earning a high school diploma since 2002, concludes a study.
Mary C. Breaden, March 18, 2008
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Education Report Roundup Sexually Transmitted Diseases
A quarter of U.S. female adolescents ages 14 to 19 had a sexually transmitted disease in 2003 and 2004, study estimates.
Mary C. Breaden, March 18, 2008
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English-Language Learners Report Roundup English-Language Learners
The more time that English-language learners spend in U.S. schools, the more likely they are to pass the English section of California’s high school exit exam, a report finds.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 18, 2008
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Education Letter to the Editor Taking On Quality Counts
Readers respond to a recent letter to the editors of the Quality Counts report.
March 18, 2008
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School & District Management Commentary Young, Idealistic, and Certified
Jennifer Steinberger Pease explains why America needs a credentialed urban teacher corps.
Jennifer Steinberger Pease, March 18, 2008
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School & District Management Authority Grab Eroding Stature of State Boards
Lawmakers and governors are seeking to expand their authority over K-12 education and, in some cases, reverse policy set in motion by elected or appointed panels.
Michele McNeil, March 18, 2008
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Assessment 11 States Poised to Pilot National Test for 12th Graders
For the first time, a select group of states is expected to take part in a 12th grade version of the NAEP exams in reading and math.
Sean Cavanagh, March 18, 2008
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Illustration by Gregory Ferrand
Early Childhood Commentary Creating the Best Prekindergartens
Lawrence J. Schweinhart provides five ingredients for long-term effects and returns on investment.
Lawrence J. Schweinhart, March 18, 2008
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Social Studies Commentary If ‘Change’ Is the Answer, What Is the Question?
Carl Glickman illustrates what schools can do to save a faltering democracy.
Carl Glickman, March 18, 2008
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Education Letter to the Editor Class Size: New Research, Beyond STAR, Is Needed
The Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio experiment, conducted from 1985 to 1989, is old enough to be replicated as well as represented accurately.
March 18, 2008
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Reading & Literacy News in Brief Fordham Foundation Asks Inquiry Into Probes of Reading First
The think tank has asked for an inquiry into whether the inspector general was "overzealous or abused power."
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, March 18, 2008
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Education Letter to the Editor ‘What Works’ Director Says Critical Letter Is Incorrect
For the record, the clearinghouse conducted a literature search to identify research that related to the First Things First model.
March 18, 2008
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Education Letter to the Editor Those Evaluating Teachers Should Teach in Their Field
For too long in K-12 we’ve assumed that expertise in subject matter is secondary to pedagogy.
March 18, 2008
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Education News in Brief Alternative-School Company Sued Over Conditions in Atlanta
A lawsuit says that a 460-student Atlanta alternative school has no library, cafeteria, or gym.
Linda Jacobson, March 18, 2008
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Union Calls for Changes in Grades for New York City's Schools
The New York City teachers' union has proposed that the city education department base its school grades on a broader definition of academic success.
Catherine Gewertz, March 18, 2008
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Law & Courts News in Brief Random Drug Testing Found Unconstitutional in Washington State
The court ruled unanimously March 13 in favor of some parents and students who were fighting policy of random urine tests of student-athletes.
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Teaching Profession Studies Link Teacher Absences to Lower Student Scores
New research suggests that having to hire substitutes affects more than just a district’s finances.
Bess Keller, March 18, 2008
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Student Well-Being Motivating Students in the Middle Years
A decade after a national group formed to put more rigor into middle schools, educators are still searching for the right blend of academic and developmental strategies.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, March 18, 2008
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Special Education Study Finds ‘Section 504’ Rules Source of Confusion for Schools
Students with health or cognitive problems who aren’t eligible for services under the IDEA have protection under another federal law: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Christina A. Samuels, March 18, 2008
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Federal Virginia Lawmakers Enact Measure Taking Aim at NCLB
The Virginia legislature has approved a bill that would direct the state board of education to decide whether to withdraw from participation in the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 17, 2008
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Special Education Gifted Black Pupils Found Pressured to Underperform
Gifted black students who underperform in school may do so because of peer pressure to “act black,” according to new research published this month in the journal Urban Education.
Lesli A. Maxwell, March 17, 2008
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Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, left, and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., discuss education at St. Albans High School in West Virginia.
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, left, and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., discuss education at St. Albans High School in West Virginia.
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Federal Spellings, on Tour, Aims to Promote NCLB
In the 15th stop on her intermittent national tour to promote the NCLB Act, Secretary Spellings encountered both defenders and critics of the law. And they turned out to be the same people.
David J. Hoff, March 14, 2008
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Law & Courts New York State Examines Districts’ Attorney Practices
Call this the other government scandal in New York state. Or one of them, anyway.
Mark Walsh, March 14, 2008
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Federal Federal File Rep. Miller Joins Pessimists Club on NCLB Renewal
When Democrats took control of Congress last year, many political observers predicted that lawmakers wouldn’t reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act before President Bush left office.
David J. Hoff, March 14, 2008
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Federal Teacher Ed. Community Is Striving to Interpret Candidate ‘Dispositions’
A position paper from the leading advocacy group for the nation’s teacher colleges is calling for an open and critical conversation on the meaning and uses of the controversial term.
Vaishali Honawar, March 14, 2008
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Reading & Literacy Poor Math Scores Posted on Unusual 3-State Exams
Fewer than a third of students in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont scored proficient or higher in math.
Andrew Trotter, March 14, 2008
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