March 19, 2008
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 28
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.
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.
Reading & Literacy 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."
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.
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.
Education Alternative-School Company Sued Over Conditions in Atlanta
A lawsuit says that a 460-student Atlanta alternative school has no library, cafeteria, or gym.
Teaching Profession 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.
Law & Courts 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Law & Courts New York State Examines Districts’ Attorney Practices
Call this the other government scandal in New York state. Or one of them, anyway.
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.