September 24, 2008

Education Week, Vol. 28, Issue 05
Federal New Coalition Backs Community Schools, Focus on Partnerships
The debate over whether schools ought to focus solely on raising achievement in this era of high-stakes accountability, or whether they should also find ways to tend to students’ nonacademic needs, has been simmering in this presidential-campaign season.
Lesli A. Maxwell, September 24, 2008
3 min read
School & District Management N.H. Seeking to Reinvigorate High Schools
A burgeoning high school redesign effort in New Hampshire sets its sights beyond simply stiffening course requirements and graduation standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 23, 2008
5 min read
Education Correction Corrections
A Commentary article in the Sept. 17, 2008, issue of Education Week, “Common-Sense Ways to Improve Education Without a Tax Increase,” gave an incorrect figure for the total federal debt due to an editing error. It should have been $53 trillion.
September 23, 2008
1 min read
The Republican nominee for president, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, waves to supporters after speaking at a rally on Sept. 18 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Republican nominee for president, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, waves to supporters after speaking at a rally on Sept. 18 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Photograph by Charlie Neibergall/AP
Federal Campaign K-12 Notebook
Sen. John McCain has an idea for Head Start that is sure to generate broad support in Congress—because lawmakers have already passed it.
September 23, 2008
4 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Principal Honored at Middle Level
When educators at Boaz Middle School were trying to figure out the achievement gap between low-income students and their better-off peers, Principal Ray Landers took teachers and other staff members on a bus tour of the neighborhoods in northeastern Alabama the school serves.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, September 23, 2008
2 min read
Federal Hurricane Recovery Proves Slow Going
Dozens of Texas school districts are likely to be closed indefinitely as they struggle to recover from Hurricane Ike, which devastated the Gulf Coast and caused disruption into the Midwest.
Mary Ann Zehr & Erik W. Robelen, September 23, 2008
4 min read
Federal NCLB Technical Panel Could Be Influential
With the Congressional reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act on hold for now, the Department of Education is turning to an expert panel for technical advice on improving the seven-year-old law.
David J. Hoff, September 23, 2008
3 min read
Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson presents results from the Washington Assessment of Student Learning in Renton, Wash., in this June 8, 2007, file photo. She is seeking a fourth term, against a challenge by Randy Dorn.
Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson presents results from the Washington Assessment of Student Learning in Renton, Wash., in this June 8, 2007, file photo. She is seeking a fourth term, against a challenge by Randy Dorn.
Photograph by Ted S. Warren/AP-File
School & District Management Schools Chiefs Scrap for Ballot Spotlight
Despite heightened interest in presidential politics this election year, “down ballot” races such as the state chiefs’ contests in Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Washington still won’t get much attention.
Andrew Trotter, September 23, 2008
7 min read
Families & the Community Minneapolis Sets 'Covenant' on Black Achievement
The Minneapolis school board and the local African-American community have signed a “covenant” that places responsibility for improving schooling for black children on the shoulders of parents and district leaders.
Catherine Gewertz, September 23, 2008
4 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Preparing for Emergencies
Many of the nation’s schools and day-care centers are ill-prepared to handle emergencies arising from natural and man-made disasters, according to a new report that analyzes licensing requirements throughout the country.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, September 23, 2008
1 min read
English-Language Learners Report Roundup English-Language learners
From 1994 to 2006, Nevada’s enrollment of English-language learners grew by 208 percent, compared with an increase of 61 percent nationwide, says a report released by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.
Mary Ann Zehr, September 23, 2008
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School & District Management Report Roundup Cost of Catching Up In College Decried
It’s a tough lesson for millions of students arriving on campus: Even if you have a high school diploma, you may not be ready for college.
The Associated Press, September 23, 2008
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Federal Report Roundup Teens and Video Games
Despite concerns that video games may draw students away from civic participation, a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that teenagers’ gaming experiences are often social and have earmarks of civic engagement.
Andrew Trotter, September 23, 2008
1 min read
Federal Report Roundup Education Data
Total enrollment in public and private precollegiate schools is expected to grow by an estimated 10 percent by 2017, says a report released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics.
Caroline Hendrie, September 23, 2008
1 min read
Education Funding Probe Into Ky. Grant Leaps State Borders
A federal investigation into the alleged misuse of a $694,000 U.S. Department of Education grant is having ramifications for college and public school administrators in three states.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 23, 2008
1 min read
Law & Courts Federal File OCR Race Letter Draws Objection
The Department of Education’s office for civil rights has weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2007 decision on school districts’ consideration of race in assigning students to schools.
Mark Walsh, September 23, 2008
1 min read
Nine-year-olds Deanna Dow, middle,Yarei Sanchez, left, and Krysalli Bloomfield, right, stretch before playing soccer at the UFT Charter School in Brooklyn on Sept. 17.
Nine-year-olds Deanna Dow, middle,Yarei Sanchez, left, and Krysalli Bloomfield, right, stretch before playing soccer at the UFT Charter School in Brooklyn on Sept. 17.
Photograph by Emile Wamsteker for Education Week
School & District Management Consensus on Learning Time Builds
Under enormous pressure to prepare students for a successful future—and fearful that standard school hours don’t offer enough time to do so—educators, policymakers, and community activists are adding more learning time to children’s lives.
Catherine Gewertz, September 22, 2008
15 min read
Federal Research Yields Clues on the Effects of Extra Time for Learning
Since A Nation at Risk in 1983, one blue-ribbon panel after another has called for expanding learning time as a way to boost student achievement. Yet studies only recently have begun to document the potential impact that a little extra learning time might have in practice.
Debra Viadero, September 22, 2008
12 min read
Tristan Oliver, 18, Kamila Holmes, 14, and James Hardaway, 18, practice before a jazz band performance at the Family Fun Tent in Millenium Park last month as part of After School Matters.
Tristan Oliver, 18, Kamila Holmes, 14, and James Hardaway, 18, practice before a jazz band performance at the Family Fun Tent in Millenium Park last month as part of After School Matters.
Photograph by Beth Rooney
Teaching Time—On Teens' Terms
Chicago’s After School Matters is a national model for involving older students in activities to develop their skills and talents.
Linda Jacobson, September 22, 2008
11 min read
Teaching Commentary How Much Time for Learning? A Tour of the Archives
Contributors to Education Week’s Commentary section needed little encouragement from the drafters of A Nation at Risk to contemplate the question of how best to deploy school time to improve student achievement. Variations on the theme of time and learning have been a staple for Commentary writers.
September 22, 2008
10 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Miami Puts Off Vote on New Leader
The Miami-Dade County, Fla. school board has delayed a vote to approve the contract of its newly chosen superintendent, as questions swirled about the process used to select him and about the nature of his relationship with a reporter who covered the schools.
Catherine Gewertz, September 22, 2008
1 min read
Special Education News in Brief Former CDF Researcher Dies
Paul V. Smith, 69, a retired director of research for the Children’s Defense Fund, died Sept. 9 of sepsis.
Ann Bradley, September 22, 2008
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief D.C. Reaches Settlement Over Migrant Education Funds
The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a $1.75 million settlement with the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that its public school system submitted false claims for federal money under the Migrant Education Program.
Ann Bradley, September 22, 2008
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Ga. Districts to Refile Finance Suit
A coalition of low-wealth school districts in Georgia has withdrawn its finance lawsuit against the state, just weeks before a trial was set to begin, because the case was transferred to a new judge.
Linda Jacobson, September 22, 2008
1 min read
Federal News in Brief House Passes Bill to Support Environmental Education
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week to create new grant programs to support environmental education.
David J. Hoff, September 22, 2008
1 min read
Federal News in Brief U.S. Education Department Awards $106 Million in Early Reading Grants
Even as the federal Reading First program may be headed for elimination, the initiative for improving the reading skills of preschool children is expanding to more locations.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, September 22, 2008
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Foundation Donates $18 Million To Expand Playground Program
One of the nation’s largest donors to public-health causes last week announced an $18 million gift to help efforts to revive recess and playtime in inner-city schools.
Lesli A. Maxwell, September 22, 2008
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Ed. Dept. Unveils College Web Site
The U.S. Department of Education last week launched a Web site, College.gov, aimed at motivating students to go to college.
Scott J. Cech, September 22, 2008
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Ariz. Officials Probing District Over Contract for Whiteboards
Arizona officials are investigating whether a Tucson school district received inappropriate perks after awarding a lucrative contract to a company that makes high-tech classroom whiteboards.
The Associated Press, September 22, 2008
1 min read