February 10, 2010
Education Week, Vol. 29, Issue 21
Federal State Lawmakers Warn of Federal Intrusion on Education
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the Obama administration is being too prescriptive.
School & District Management Duncan's Katrina Remarks Spark Debate in New Orleans
The U.S. Secretary of Education said it was ‘dumb’ for him to characterize the hurricane as the 'best thing' that has happened to New Orleans’ education system.
Education Atlanta Gets Teacher Grant
The Atlanta school district has received $10 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help continue a program designed to attract and retain high-quality teachers. Superintendent Beverly Hall said the three-year grant will help the 50,000-student district establish a better way to evaluate and support teachers. The district hopes to train principals to monitor teacher effectiveness and set up performance-based pay for educators, she said.
Education Edutopia to Go Online-Only; Chen Steps Down as Foundation Head
The George Lucas Educational Foundation announced last week that it will discontinue the print version of its Edutopia magazine this spring to focus more aggressively on building free multimedia content for its Web site, Edutopia.org.
Curriculum School Libraries Seek Relevance Through Virtual Access
Librarians' roles are shifting to address the demand for quality online content.
Education Letter Mocking 2nd Grader Lands Suspension for Phoenix Principal
A Phoenix principal who wrote a sarcastic letter chiding parents for children who were either “too lazy or too stupid” to complete their assignments in class was suspended after the missive was mistakenly sent home.
Education Nashville Middle School Eyed as State's First Charter Conversion
The effort to help fix Cameron Middle School could be part of a model for turning around Tennessee’s most troubled schools.
Education Tenn. State Board Approves Guidelines on Teaching Bible
Legislation approved in 2008 authorizes a course for a "nonsectarian, nonreligious academic study of the Bible" in public schools.
Mathematics 'Algebra-for-All' Push Found to Yield Poor Results
A trickle of studies suggest that in practice, getting students past the algebra hump is difficult and in some cases, didn't pay off.
Education Report Calculates Stimulus Saved 329,000 School Jobs Last Fall
In the last three months of 2009, the education portion of the federal economic-stimulus program paid for 329,551 school-related jobs, according to the latest reports from states and school districts.
States State of the States 2010: Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma
For complete coverage of this year's governors' speeches, check out State of the States 2010.
Education Study: More Students Are Taking STEM Courses, But Gaps Remain
A recent study finds that 2005 high school graduates earned more credits in STEM courses than did students who received their diplomas in 1990.
Education Federal Agency Told to Pay District In Mississippi for Katrina Damage
An arbitration panel says that FEMA should pay to repair damages to schools caused by the 2005 storm.