April 9, 2008
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 32
School Climate & Safety Civil Rights Groups: School Safety Not Dependent on Guns
A coalition of organizations unveiled its plan to head off school violence through positive behavioral approaches and better training and support for students and staff.
Law & Courts Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Anti-Plagiarism Software
Judge says use of student works constituted “a fair use under U.S. copyright law and is therefore not copyright infringement.”
Federal Ed. Dept. Report Shows Increase in Tutoring, Choice Under NCLB
The number of students taking advantage of free tutoring and school choice under federal law increased dramatically in 2003-04 school year.
Federal Report Challenging Federal Pre-K Ideas Gets Sharp Rebuttal
A report that questions the federal prekindergarten proposals has drawn a sharply worded response from a leading proponent of public preschool programs.
College & Workforce Readiness College-Credit Plan for High-Schoolers a Hot Iowa Debate
The U.S. Department of Education says that more than half of all colleges enroll high school students in courses for college credit.
School & District Management Mooney Institute Tries to Blend Unionism, School Reform
Teachers’ unions are rarely seen as hands-on school reformers, but the Tom Mooney Institute for Teacher & Union Leadership thinks they should be.
Federal New Center Applies Cost-Benefit Analysis to Education Policies
The Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education specializes in calculating and comparing the long- and short-term costs—and probable payoffs—of different educational strategies that promise to improve students’ lives.
Education Letter to the Editor Should Schools Be Paying for National Spelling Bee?
This self-proclaimed "not-for-profit" spelling bee claims to have no choice but to charge schools $99 to participate in this event?
Education Letter to the Editor Add Classroom Discipline to ‘Incarceration’ Solutions
I totally agree with Tom Carroll that, as his Commentary title says, "Education Beats Incarceration."
Federal College Board Intends to Drop AP Programs in Four Subjects
Officials overseeing the Advanced Placement program have announced that they intend to drop AP classes and exams in four subject areas, in a pullback expected to affect about 12,500 students and 2,500 teachers worldwide.
Federal Retired Justice’s Focus Now on Civic Education Project
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says that federal mandates are squeezing some subjects out of the curriculum, and she is working on a project that has a goal of restoring one of them: civics education.
School & District Management Principals’ Group Updates Standards for Leadership
The NAESP recently released two new publications designed to help its members create and lead learning communities.