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.
School & District Management 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.
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.
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.
Teaching 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.
School & District Management 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.
School & District Management 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.
Federal 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.
Federal 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.
Federal 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.
Education Funding 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.