April 30, 2008

Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 35
Law & Courts Cultural Adjustment an Issue for Texas Sect’s Children
The 437 children taken from the Yearning for Zion Ranch compound in Eldorado, Texas, are being scattered to group homes and boys’ and girls’ ranches across the state.
Michelle Roberts, Associated Press, May 1, 2008
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Law & Courts Texas Panel Kills Proposed Bible-Based Science Degree
The state's Higher Education Coordinating Board unanimously rejected a proposal by the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research that it be allowed to offer a Bible-based online master’s degree program to science teachers.
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Law & Courts Alaska Legislators Overhaul Funding
Gov. Sarah Palin and state lawmakers have gone ahead with an overhaul of Alaska’s school funding system that supporters predict will provide much-needed financial help to rural schools.
Sean Cavanagh, April 29, 2008
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Federal Risk Report’s Anniversary Prompts Reflection
The 25th anniversary of A Nation At Risk should give federal policymakers the opportunity to reconsider the current federal approach, one influential lawmaker said last week.
David J. Hoff, April 29, 2008
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Teaching Profession Teacher Pay, Support Seen Common Issues Facing Rural States
State policymakers could help alleviate some of the challenges facing rural educators by equalizing the teacher-salary structures of their urban, suburban, and rural districts, advocates for rural education say.
Katie Ash, April 29, 2008
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Equity & Diversity More Funding Urged For ‘Education for All’
For more than 72 million children around the globe, school is not yet an option.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, April 29, 2008
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Families & the Community Parents’ Role in Schools Earns Fresh Respect
The Maryland Department of Education has launched an awards program to recognize parents who have made significant contributions to the schools in their community.
Linda Jacobson, April 29, 2008
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Infrastructure Federal File Federal Game Aims to Curb Youth Conflicts
A computer game created by a federal agency aims to teach children conflict-resolution skills and offer an alternative to violent computer and video games that have become popular with young people.
Andrew Trotter, April 29, 2008
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Education Letter to the Editor Blue-Ribbon Schools Program: Why We Should Bring It Back
School culture and test scores are both important in giving schools the "Blue Ribbon" designation, the authors argue.
April 29, 2008
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Special Education Gifted Advocates Say Rules Protect Federal Money
Advocates for gifted education say changes to a U.S. Department of Education grant notification have allayed their fears that money designated for high-achieving students was being diverted to other needs.
Christina A. Samuels, April 29, 2008
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Curriculum Letter to the Editor Clearing Up Possible Confusion About Urban Debate Leagues
The author contends that a recent Education Week article mischaracterizes urban debate leagues' work.
April 29, 2008
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Education Video Interviews: Principals at the Center - Mark Roosevelt
The Pittsburgh school district believes cultivating effective instructional leaders is the key to school improvement. Their system is geared toward supporting principals in all stages oftheir careers and includes clear standards for evaluation and possible bonus pay for meeting those criteria.
April 29, 2008
Education Video Interviews: Principals at the Center - Wayne Walters
The Pittsburgh school district believes cultivating effective instructional leaders is the key to school improvement. Their system is geared toward supporting principals in all stages oftheir careers and includes clear standards for evaluation and possible bonus pay for meeting those criteria.
April 29, 2008
Ed-Tech Policy Letter to the Editor A ‘Wave of Misinformation’ on Idaho’s Virtual Charters
Misconceptions about Idaho’s virtual schools spread quickly when news outlets picked up information from one another.
April 29, 2008
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Ed-Tech Policy Letter to the Editor Why Do K-12 Educators Still Debate Technology?
The author asks: Would anyone in his or her right mind question the importance of technology in American business, in our health-care system, or in the military-industrial complex?
April 29, 2008
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Education Video Interviews: Principals at the Center: Tamara Allen
The Pittsburgh school district believes cultivating effective instructional leaders is the key to school improvement. Their system is geared toward supporting principals in all stages oftheir careers and includes clear standards for evaluation and possible bonus pay for meeting those criteria.
April 29, 2008
School & District Management Principals at the Center
The Pittsburgh school district believes cultivating effective instructional leaders is the key to school improvement.
Christina A. Samuels, April 29, 2008
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Education Letter to the Editor Tracing Math’s Teaching Woes to ‘Over-the-Hill Academics’
Part of America’s mathematics education malaise is math professors' 'symbiotic' relationship with education research funding, the author argues.
April 29, 2008
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Age-old board games incorporating numbers and counting have led to better understanding of numbers by young students, research shows.
Age-old board games incorporating numbers and counting have led to better understanding of numbers by young students, research shows.
Christopher Powers/Education Week
Federal Playing Games in Classroom Helping Pupils Grasp Math
A growing body of research is revealing the potential benefits of using board games in the classroom to strengthen the mathematics skills of children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Sean Cavanagh, April 29, 2008
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Recruitment & Retention Mass. Urban Teachers Being Groomed to Help Sway Policy
The Teaching Policy Fellowship aims to promote ways to retain teachers who have made it successfully through the first years of teaching but may not stay a lifetime.
Bess Keller, April 29, 2008
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Science Commentary The Ultimate Reality Show
The reality is that a major push for science education won’t happen unless voters, and specifically parents, demand it, argues Ellen V. Futter.
Ellen V. Futter, April 29, 2008
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Federal Commentary The Teaching Penalty
Public school teachers earn much less than comparably educated and experienced people.
Lawrence Mishel, Sylvia Allegretto & Sean Corcoran, April 29, 2008
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Education Funding Commentary The End of School Finance as We Know It
How do legislators know how much to spend on public education? And how do educators know how best to spend the money they get? Our school finance system has made it impossible to find those answers.
Paul T. Hill & Marguerite Roza, April 29, 2008
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Reading & Literacy Report Roundup Writing Skills
Teens generally discount the writing skills they use to compose text messages, e-mail, report finds.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, April 29, 2008
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Education Report Roundup New Orleans Schools
Most parents, teachers, and citizens believe that public schools in Recovery District have improved over last year, survey finds.
Lesli A. Maxwell, April 29, 2008
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Early Childhood Report Roundup Child Well-Being
Children feel safer at school, perform better on national tests, and are healthier by some measures, says a report.
Linda Jacobson, April 29, 2008
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Bullies' Relationships
Students who bully their classmates also tend to have lots of conflicts with parents and peers, study finds.
Debra Viadero, April 29, 2008
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Science News in Brief School Science Funder Gives Small Colleges Aid for K-12 Projects
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded $60 million in grants.
Sean Cavanagh, April 29, 2008
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Assessment Report Roundup Test Scores in Big-City Schools Seen to Be on Upswing
The nation’s urban students posted gains on their reading and mathematics exams in 2007 to continue a trend of improving achievement.
Lesli A. Maxwell, April 29, 2008
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