February 3, 2010

Education Week, Vol. 29, Issue 20
Equity & Diversity School Districts Scramble to Help Homeless Students
Federal law requires that districts help with transportation so students don't have to disrupt their education when their families move.
Mary Ann Zehr, February 3, 2010
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States Data Group Turning to Use of Information
Now that most states have built longitudinal systems, a report says, they need to help people make good use of them.
Dakarai I. Aarons, February 3, 2010
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Federal Education Dodges Obama's 'Freeze' Pledge
The president voiced support for K-12 education in a State of the Union speech that calls for freezing other domestic spending.
Alyson Klein, February 3, 2010
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Standards New Critiques Urge Changes in Common Standards
Groups writing the much-anticipated standards want to streamline the latest 200-plus-page draft and make it more user-friendly for educators.
Catherine Gewertz, February 2, 2010
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February 2, 2010
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Ed-Tech Policy Digital Innovation Outpaces E-Rate Policies
The federal program is seen as not keeping up with technological advancements that could help schools.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, February 2, 2010
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Education News in Brief Dilapidated S.C. School Scheduled To Be Replaced, Officials Announce
Officials in a South Carolina town announced funding for a crumbling school President Obama had cited in a speech nearly a year earlier as an example of how the federal government should help with school construction.
The Associated Press, February 2, 2010
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Education News in Brief Texas Governor Wants to Tie Licenses to School Enrollment
Gov. Perry said students should have to prove they're enrolled in school and working toward a diploma or a General Educational Development certificate if they want to get and keep a driver's license.
The Associated Press, February 2, 2010
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Education News in Brief Ala. Case on Racial Bias in Testing For Teachers Ends After 30 Years
A nearly 30-year-old racial-bias case that revamped the way Alabama tests teachers for certification was dismissed last week.
The Associated Press, February 2, 2010
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Education News in Brief Documentary on Schools' Failings Emerges as Hit at Film Festival
A documentary shown last month at the Sundance Film Festival uses the stories of children in several cities to make the case that American public education is failing.
Dakarai I. Aarons, February 2, 2010
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Education News in Brief Center on Technology, Learning Gets Inaugural Federal Funding
The National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies has received a $500,000 congressional appropriation for 2010 for initial launch costs.
Katie Ash, February 2, 2010
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Education News in Brief Foundation Official Named to Lead Consortium on Chicago Research
The Consortium on Chicago School Research has named Paul Goren, a senior vice president at the Spencer Foundation, as its new director.
Debra Viadero, February 2, 2010
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup College Gender Gaps
A report says that gaps between men and women in the nation’s colleges and universities have stopped growing in key areas, including enrollment and attainment of bachelor’s degrees.
The Associated Press, February 2, 2010
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Education Report Roundup Study Finds Teen Pregnancies on the Rise
After declining or leveling off for 15 years, the pregnancy rate among U.S. teenagers rose again in 2006, a report published last week by the Guttmacher Institute says.
Debra Viadero, February 2, 2010
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Education Report Roundup Data Use
States and districts are making strides in building and using educational data systems, but educators still need models to help them connect what they learn from reviewing student data to improved instructional practices.
Debra Viadero, February 2, 2010
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup The 'Boys Crisis'
Besides lagging behind girls in academic performance, boys struggle more than girls do with a variety of mental-health issues, according to a new report.
Debra Viadero, February 2, 2010
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Education News in Brief Gates Calls Teacher Grants a Risk
Bill Gates describes his foundation's recent investment in developing evaluation systems to improve teacher effectiveness, saying there is a "high risk" the work could fail.
Ann Bradley, February 2, 2010
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Education Report Roundup Rating Teaching
The level of student engagement in a class is a better measure of teaching success than standardized-test results, according to a survey of nearly 900 teachers.
Debra Viadero, February 2, 2010
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Education Report Roundup Charter Schools
Although charter schools have experienced steady and robust growth over the past five years, they're still not in the mainstream of American public education, a new report says.
Debra Viadero, February 2, 2010
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Education News in Brief Michigan Court Rules E-Mails Not Public
E-mail messages from teachers-union leaders don't become public records just because they're contained in a school district's computer system, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
The Associated Press, February 2, 2010
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States State of the States State of the States 2010: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin
For complete coverage of this year's governors' speeches, check out State of the States 2010.
February 2, 2010
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
February 2, 2010
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States Children's Author Snared in Mix-Up
In their rush to make sure that the author of a book on Marxism didn’t make it into the state’s new lineup of social studies standards, the Texas board of ed. ended up targeting a similarly named children’s author.
The Associated Press, February 2, 2010
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School & District Management Six States Sign On to School Turnaround Project
The multistate effort seeks to remove the barriers that have hindered previous attempts to turn around low-performing schools.
Lesli A. Maxwell, February 2, 2010
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College & Workforce Readiness Commentary When Should Students Graduate ... And Who Should Decide?
To restore the value of a high school diploma, writes S.G. Grant, whole communities should have a role in setting and safeguarding standards.
S.g. Grant, February 1, 2010
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Reading & Literacy Commentary The Core Standards for Writing: Another Failure of Imagination?
If adopted, the proposed common-core standards for writing will kill the spirit that produces great literature and nonfiction, Edgar H. Schuster argues.
Edgar H. Schuster, February 1, 2010
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Education Letter to the Editor Rankings Question: Does Money Buy Quality?
To the Editor:
In the 2010 edition of your annual Quality Counts state report cards (Jan. 14, 2010), you rank Florida eighth. But as I read your rankings, it appears that the state would have been higher, except that you ranked it lower because it spends too little on education.
February 1, 2010
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Education Letter to the Editor Duncan's First Year Had Familiar Mistakes
To the Editor:
Your article "Duncan Carving Deep Mark on Policy" (Jan. 20, 2010), on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s first year in office, noted the existence of opposition to his policies. That opposition is grounded in the reality that the Obama administration’s education “reform” proposals have no basis in research or practical experience. In fact, school “restructuring” and extensive privatization in Chicago, where Mr. Duncan previously served as schools chief, and elsewhere have left many students worse off than they were before. People across the political spectrum recognize this.
February 1, 2010
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