May 21, 2008

Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 38
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Illustration by Nip Rogers for Education Week
School & District Management Opinion Why We Need ‘Translational’ Research
Mary Brabeck urges adoption of a new paradigm that would foster better working relationships among researchers and classroom practitioners.
Mary Brabeck, May 20, 2008
6 min read
Teaching Profession Revised California Budget Plan Could Blunt Impact on Schools
The cuts to education won’t be as deep as the $4.8 billion originally projected for K-12 schools.
Linda Jacobson, May 20, 2008
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Community Colleges in N.C. Move to Bar Illegal Immigrants
North Carolina’s community college system last week began turning away undocumented immigrants wanting to enroll in credit-bearing classes.
Scott J. Cech, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Student Well-Being Federal File Food-Allergy Issue Is of Special Interest to One U.S. Senator
A senator who knows firsthand the dangers of food allergies wants to help schools respond effectively to the growing number of children with such problems.
David J. Hoff, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Federal Groups Urge That FERPA Rules Give Researchers Access to Data
The proposed rules would make it clear that schools can enter into agreements to provide researchers with individual student data, as long as the subject of the research was testing, student aid, or “to improve instruction.”
Alyson Klein, May 20, 2008
5 min read
Teaching Profession Funding for Higher Teacher Salaries Among Iowa Legislative Actions
Newly approved $75 million will help move the state closer to its goal of reaching the median national salary.
Alyson Klein, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Teaching Profession Labor Tiff Comes With a Price Tag: $13.2 Million
Nobody’s happy about the union-management standoff that’s left Washington state without a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to support the teaching of Advanced Placement classes.
Andrew Trotter, May 20, 2008
1 min read
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In a hallway at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, students walk by a chart that maps out what each class is studying in each subject at the K-5 public school in Gainesville, Ga.
Robin Nelson for Education Week
Teaching Learning Essentials
The Core Knowledge approach prizes content across the disciplines, bucking a trend toward a narrower, skills-based approach to learning.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, May 20, 2008
9 min read
Assessment Ideas on Creative and Practical IQ Underlie New Tests of Giftedness
Yale University researchers are pilot-testing an assessment for identifying gifted and talented children that taps intellectual skills other than those captured by traditional intelligence tests.
Debra Viadero, May 20, 2008
7 min read
Federal Opinion Fixing the Flaw in the ‘Growth Model’
Four education advocates offer their advice for improving NCLB’s ‘growth model’ pilot assessment system. The improvements would be a boon, they write, to schools, states, and the federal law itself.
David P. Sokola, Howard M. Weinberg, Robert J. Andrzejewski & Nancy A. Doorey, May 20, 2008
6 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Collaborative Teaching:
The three authors discovered that they could meet the challenges of No Child Left Behind with a powerful tool learned in their collective 37 years in education: collaborative teaching.
Monique D. Wild, Amanda S. Mayeaux & Kathryn P. Edmonds, May 20, 2008
5 min read
Federal Colorado Moves Ahead on Ambitious K-12 Package
Measures approved by Colorado lawmakers with strong backing from Gov. Bill Ritter hold potentially big implications for the state’s K-12 education system.
Erik W. Robelen, May 20, 2008
4 min read
Federal Spending Bills Would Permit Medicaid Reimbursements
A provision protecting school Medicaid reimbursements was approved as part of a supplemental-spending bill by the House of Representatives.
Alyson Klein, May 20, 2008
4 min read
Education Letter to the Editor ‘Disrupting’ Public Schools for Competitiveness
The author contends that online education should be embraced by educators, not feared.
May 20, 2008
1 min read
Federal Letter to the Editor Rhode Island Praise for Outgoing Schools Chief
The state is losing Peter J. McWalters because of conditions beyond his control, the writer argues.
May 20, 2008
1 min read
English-Language Learners Correction Correction
Correction.
May 20, 2008
1 min read
Curriculum Report Roundup Economics and Early Learning
Report aims to help policymakers better understand how economic analysis can help improve early-childhood policy.
Linda Jacobson, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Curriculum Report Roundup Native Americans' Reading
The performance of 4th and 8th graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress remained the same overall for students who are American Indians or Alaska Natives, study finds.
Mary Ann Zehr, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup School Funding Disparities
Federal, state, and local systems distributing public funds to schools often systematically favor wealthier schools, report finds.
Debra Viadero, May 20, 2008
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Principals' Views on Bullying
Half of public school principals in a recent survey say bullying is a serious problem in their schools.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Curriculum Report Roundup Career Education Urged to Lower Dropout Rate
Report calls for states to align their career and technical curriculum with college-readiness standards.
Scott J. Cech, May 20, 2008
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief High Court Refuses Case on Criticism of Superintendent
Court’s refusal to hear the appeal means that the suit will go forward on a First Amendment retaliation claim.
Mark Walsh, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Online Clearinghouse Offers Help for K-12 History Teachers
The free Web site includes links to journal articles and other historical collections, as well as examples of best teaching practices.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Indiana High Court Throws Out Punishment Over MySpace Page
Court throws out a finding of child delinquency for a middle school student who posted a vulgarity-laced tirade against her principal on MySpace.com.
Mark Walsh, May 20, 2008
1 min read
Education Opinion New in Print: Also of Note
The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-Town America
May 20, 2008
1 min read
Federal Online Options for 'Credit Recovery' Widen
Under pressure to raise graduation rates, some high schools are turning to online courses to help faltering students.
Andrew Trotter, May 19, 2008
8 min read
Assessment NAEP Gap Continuing for Charters
The latest data on the nation's 4,300 charter schools do not bolster advocates' early hopes that the sector would significantly outperform regular public schools.
May 19, 2008
8 min read
Professional Development ‘Book Study’ Helps Teachers Hone Skills
On media-center couches and at conference-room tables, downing Cokes and sipping coffee together, teachers around the country are cracking open books to get better at what they do—and, often, relishing the experience.
Bess Keller, May 16, 2008
7 min read
Standards Vote Draws Near on Texas Curriculum
The process has been made nettlesome at times, Texas educators and some state board members say, because of a sharp ideological divide on the 15-member state school board.
Mary Ann Zehr, May 16, 2008
4 min read