January 20, 2010

Education Week, Vol. 29, Issue 18
Education Links in Education Week: January 20, 2010
January 19, 2010
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Science Obama Unveils Projects to Bolster STEM Teaching
The public-private partnerships will roughly double spending under the "Educate to Innovate" initiative on science and math education.
January 19, 2010
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Teaching Profession AFT Chief Promises Due-Process Reform
Randi Weingarten says plan to streamline due-process procedures must include better ways to evaluate teachers and help them improve.
Stephen Sawchuk, January 19, 2010
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States State of the States State of the States 2010: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, Vermont
Education Week's coverage of the 2010 governors' speeches.
January 19, 2010
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Education News in Brief Alabama Board Backs Charters
Alabama's board of education unanimously supported the creation of charter schools in the state.
The Associated Press, January 19, 2010
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Education News in Brief Governor's Teacher-Evaluation Plan Clears Tenn. Education Committee
The proposal to require up to half of teacher evaluations and tenure decisions to be based on student test scores cleared the Senate Education Committee.
The Associated Press, January 19, 2010
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Education News in Brief Nebraska Governor Unveils Changes To Requirements for Graduation
Nebraska high school students soon will be required to take more courses in core subjects in order to graduate.
The Associated Press, January 19, 2010
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Education News in Brief Audit Finds Los Angeles District Paid Out Too Much in Salaries
Auditors say the Los Angeles District paid out $200 million more in salaries last year than it officially budgeted.
The Associated Press, January 19, 2010
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Education News in Brief NGA to Help 6 States Reduce Dropout Rates
The National Governors Association has selected six states in which it will work to help curb high school dropout rates.
Lesli A. Maxwell, January 19, 2010
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Federal Duncan Carves Deep Mark on Policy in First Year
One year after his confirmation, the education secretary’s record offers a template for the agency’s future policy direction.
Michele McNeil, January 19, 2010
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Education News in Brief Class Action Accuses L.A. County of Failing to Provide Lessons at Jail
An ACLU lawsuit contends that the Challenger Memorial Youth Center deprives youths of an appropriate education.
Mary Ann Zehr, January 19, 2010
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Education News in Brief Grants Eyed to Recruit Skilled Principals
A bipartisan bill seeks to create a grant program that would help recruit, support, and prepare principals to work in high-need schools.
Dakarai I. Aarons, January 19, 2010
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Education News in Brief Educators Move to Help Quake Victims
Schoolchildren and educators with Haitian ties organize aid drives.
Mary Ann Zehr, January 19, 2010
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Education Report Roundup School Libraries
A majority of schools received less funding for information resources last year than in 2008, according to the 2009 survey of school libraries.
Mary Ann Zehr, January 19, 2010
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Teen Violence
About one in four U.S. teenage girls is involved in some sort of violent behavior at school or at work, according to a federal report.
The Associated Press, January 19, 2010
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Education Report Roundup Charter Schools
Two dozen states lack the kind of "charter-friendly" policies they need to earn top points on their Race to the Top applications, according to a new review.
Debra Viadero, January 19, 2010
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Education Report Roundup College Readiness
Current federal education standards may not accurately measure how well-prepared high school graduates are to attend college or join the workforce, contends a new report.
Ian Quillen, January 19, 2010
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Education Report Roundup Achievement Gaps
A new report by the Education Trust illustrates how some methods of measuring states' progress in closing achievement gaps can be misleading.
Debra Viadero, January 19, 2010
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Education Report Roundup Head Start Pupils' Gains Found to Fade
Participation in Head Start has positive effects on children’s learning while they are in the program, but most of that advantage disappears by the end of 1st grade, a federal study says.
Mary Ann Zehr, January 19, 2010
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Education Obituary Obituary
Mary Anne Raywid, a noted scholar on alternative and small schools, died on Jan. 12. She was 81.
Debra Viadero, January 19, 2010
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Education Correction Corrections
A story on a Chicago school turnaround effort in the Jan. 6, 2010, issue of Education Week misidentified the head of the Strategic Learning Institute’s shared-leadership team. Her name is Charlotte Blackman.
January 19, 2010
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Education New N.J. Governor Picks Schools Chief
New Jersey’s incoming governor has named school choice proponent Bret Schundler as his pick for education commissioner.
The Associated Press, January 19, 2010
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
January 19, 2010
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teachers' Letters to Obama
The response to his call for letters to send to the White House, writes Anthony Cody, shows a teaching profession hungry for policymaking impact.
Anthony Cody, January 19, 2010
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Education Letter to the Editor History Should Guide Core-Standards Effort
Must this go on indefinitely? Whose opinion should prevail? Is it not possible to get away from personal opinion to an agreed-upon consensus of opinion? May we not replace the constantly conflicting subjective standards with definitely defined objective standards?”
January 19, 2010
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School & District Management Opinion Ready Remedies for the School Leadership 'Crisis'
W. Norton Grubb and Lynda Tredway say there are concrete steps that states, universities, and districts can take to develop and improve school leaders.
W. Norton Grubb & Lynda Tredway, January 19, 2010
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Education Letter to the Editor 'Flawed Assumptions' and Skilled, Creative Teachers
To the Editor:
Thomas Hatch’s Commentary "Four Flawed Assumptions of School Reform" (Dec. 9, 2009), which challenged commonly held beliefs that policymakers often use to help guide schools, was well done. His recommendations for improving our education system, however, failed to include the importance of highly skilled and motivated teachers, an essential element in the opinion of many education researchers and this writer’s own experience.
January 19, 2010
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Teaching Profession Opinion Charters and the Contract Conversation
Diana Lam, a former urban school superintendent, writes of "far different" contract negotiations at the charter school she now heads.
Diana Lam, January 19, 2010
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