April 9, 2008

Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 32
Participants rush out of the cafeteria after hearing simulated gunshots during a lockdown exercise at Milford High School in Milford, Mass., earlier this month. More than 500 teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers and school custodians participated in the training program that taught alternatives to staying in lockdown during a school shooting.
Participants rush out of the cafeteria after hearing simulated gunshots during a lockdown exercise at Milford High School in Milford, Mass., earlier this month. More than 500 teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers and school custodians participated in the training program that taught alternatives to staying in lockdown during a school shooting.
Michael Dwyer/AP
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.
March 28, 2013
6 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Development: 'Other Half' of the Teacher Equation
Attracting and inducting new teachers is only half the equation for ensuring effective teachers for every student.
April 8, 2008
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Tracking Teens With GPS
Satellite-tracking technology may help pinpoint where adolescents are when they engage in certain harmful behaviors, a study finds.
Christina A. Samuels, April 8, 2008
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Student Mobility in N.Y.C.
Researchers found that only about one-third of the students in that 1st grade cohort progressed to the 8th grade on time.
Lesli A. Maxwell, April 8, 2008
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Federal Job Corps Program
Review gives the federal Job Corps education and training program a “potentially positive” rating for its effectiveness at getting participants to earn a high school diploma or GED.
Debra Viadero, April 8, 2008
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Education and the Economy
A study of State of the State speeches found that every governor has stressed the link between education funding and economic growth.
Michele McNeil, April 8, 2008
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Child-Welfare Rankings
Report says where children grow up makes a difference in their health and welfare.
Linda Jacobson, April 8, 2008
1 min read
Curriculum Report Roundup Smaller Classes Seen As No Silver Bullet
Research does not provide evidence that a district should—or should not—try to improve learning by shrinking class sizes, a review finds.
Debra Viadero, April 8, 2008
1 min read
Education Correction Correction
Correction
April 8, 2008
1 min read
Student Achievement Playing Catch-Up
Plenty of academic programs, but uneven progress, mark New Orleans’ recovery district.
Lesli A. Maxwell, April 8, 2008
11 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief 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.”
Andrew Trotter, April 8, 2008
1 min read
School & District Management Commentary When Life Interferes
A family member’s death, a teacher’s illness, a son’s deployment, a divorce; these are just some of the many parts making up the principal's untaught duty, writes Jamie Sussel Turner.
Jamie Sussel Turner, April 8, 2008
5 min read
Federal News in Brief 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.
David J. Hoff, April 8, 2008
1 min read
Law & Courts Court to Weigh Deductions for Union PACs
The Idaho Education Association, its Pocatello affiliate, and several other public-employee unions in the state, which rely on the deductions to help pay for their political action committees, challenged the Idaho law.
Mark Walsh, April 8, 2008
4 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Broad Foundation Names Finalists For Urban Prize
Five school districts in the Sun Belt have been named as finalists for a prize recognizing their progress in raising student achievement.
Ann Bradley, April 8, 2008
1 min read
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.
Linda Jacobson, April 8, 2008
1 min read
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.
Scott J. Cech, April 8, 2008
1 min read
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.
Vaishali Honawar, April 8, 2008
6 min read
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.
Debra Viadero, April 8, 2008
7 min read
School & District Management Commentary The Post-Boomer Teacher Crunch
Celine Coggins writes on the need to reframe the concept of retention to fit the needs of a new generation of teaching professionals.
Celine Coggins, April 8, 2008
6 min read
Education Letter to the Editor The ‘STEM’ Effort
In response to your Technology Counts 2008 special issue, "STEM: The Push to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics."
April 7, 2008
3 min read
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?
April 7, 2008
1 min read
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."
April 7, 2008
1 min read
Federal Federal File New Chief Brings State Lessons To Title I Office
Back in 1984, Zollie Stevenson Jr. was on the front lines in a state that was experimenting with setting academic standards and creating tests aligned with them.
David J. Hoff, April 7, 2008
1 min read
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School & District Management Commentary School Leadership’s Unfinished Agenda
Michael Fullan writes about ways to improve school leadership, especially ways that involve integrating individual and organizational development.
Michael Fullan, April 7, 2008
7 min read
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.
Scott J. Cech, April 4, 2008
2 min read
“If we look at the adult population, whatever civics education people got in the past didn’t seem to stick.” Sandra Day O'Connor Retired Justice U.S. Supreme Court
“If we look at the adult population, whatever civics education people got in the past didn’t seem to stick.”<br> <emdash>Sandra Day O'Connor<br> Retired Justice U.S. Supreme Court</emdash>
Carolyn Kaster/AP - 2007 File Photo
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.
Mark Walsh, April 4, 2008
2 min read
Federal Florida Bill Would Ease ESL-Training Mandate
The bill would cut to 60 the number of in-service hours in teaching English as a second language required of reading teachers who work with ELLs, down from the current requirement of 300.
Mary Ann Zehr, April 4, 2008
5 min read
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.
Christina A. Samuels, April 4, 2008
4 min read