May 19, 2010

Education Week, Vol. 29, Issue 32
Federal More Than 1,600 Seeking to Win 'i3' Funding
Still competition looms for districts, schools, and nonprofits vying for innovation grants under the economic-stimulus program.
Michele McNeil, May 18, 2010
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School & District Management Congress Urged to Tie Aid in Jobs Bill to Elimination of Seniority-Based Firing
"Last hired, first fired" policies are being debated as part of the $23 billion education jobs bill Congress is considering.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 18, 2010
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Education Clarification Clarification
A story in the May 12, 2010, issue of Education Week should have stated that the Literacy Collaborative program was jointly developed by researchers from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., and that the research team also included researchers from the University of Chicago. In addition, the 17 schools in the study were located in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West.
May 18, 2010
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School Climate & Safety Studies Probe 'Ecology' of Bullying
Bystanders, teachers, and parents are seen as important players in creating a better, or worse, school climate.
Debra Viadero, May 18, 2010
7 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
May 18, 2010
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School & District Management Aligning Standards and Curriculum Begets Questions
Educators and policymakers are exploring ways curriculum materials can embody the common standards and be useful to teachers.
Catherine Gewertz, May 18, 2010
7 min read
Law & Courts Md. Puts New Reins on Use of Military Test
A first-of-its-kind law bars public high schools in Maryland from automatically sending student scores on a widely used military aptitude test to recruiters.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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Gail V. Ritchie, right, confers with Joshua Mintus, a first-year 4th grade teacher at Centre Ridge Elementary School in Virginia. The instructional coach calls herself “the teacher for the teachers.”
Gail V. Ritchie, right, confers with Joshua Mintus, a first-year 4th grade teacher at Centre Ridge Elementary School in Virginia. The instructional coach calls herself “the teacher for the teachers.”
Andrew Councill for Education Week
School & District Management Slew of Layoffs May Be Linked to Overhiring
Between the 1999-2000 and the 2007-08 school years, the teacher force increased at more than double the rate of K-12 student enrollments.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 18, 2010
7 min read
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden applaud Solicitor General Elena Kagan, the president's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden applaud Solicitor General Elena Kagan, the president's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Susan Walsh/AP
School & District Management Limited Record on Precollegiate Issues Seen for Obama's Supreme Court Pick
U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan had education as just one part of her portfolio during a White House domestic-council stint under President Clinton.
Mark Walsh, May 18, 2010
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School Climate & Safety Ga. Board Weighs New Restraint, Seclusion Rules
Changes would ban solitary confinement in schools and limit the use of other tactics to calm unruly students.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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Teaching Profession Colorado Teacher-Evaluation Bill Enacted
A new law would require teachers to be judged on student performance.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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Professional Development Report Roundup New Graduates Face Slim Job Prospects
High school and college graduates may have more difficulty trading their mortarboards for jobs this spring than any graduating class in nearly three decades, according to a new report.
Ian Quillen, May 18, 2010
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School & District Management Report Roundup Reinventing Central Office
A new report offers insights into how to shift the focus in urban school districts' central offices from "buses, budgets, and building" to improving teaching and learning.
Debra Viadero, May 18, 2010
1 min read
Education Report Roundup Engaging Teens and Tweens
Middle and high school students are more likely to enroll in and stick with after-school programs if they're given lots of leadership opportunities within those programs, according to a new study.
Mary-Ellen Phelps Deily, May 18, 2010
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School Choice & Charters Report Roundup Charter Schools
Students in Boston's charter schools do better academically than their peers in traditional schools because they spend more time in the classroom, according to a new study.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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Education Links in Education Week: May 19, 2010
May 18, 2010
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School & District Management Report Roundup General Educational Development Credential
Only an average of one in 10 Hispanic high school dropouts gets a General Educational Development credential according to a report released by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center.
Mary Ann Zehr, May 18, 2010
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Federal Few States Meeting Goals of NCLB for English-Learners
Even among the 11 states that do, researchers and experts say, it's not possible to conclude that ELL achievement is improving.
Mary Ann Zehr, May 18, 2010
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Education News in Brief Mich. District Disbands Club for Black Students
Ann Arbor public school officials are investigating whether the district violated state law after 30 black students attended a field trip from which children of other races were excluded.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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Law & Courts News in Brief R.I. District Says Judges Should Be Able to Hear Case
Officials of a Rhode Island school district where all the high school teachers have been fired say there is no need for judges in the state to recuse themselves from a pending federal lawsuit.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
1 min read
Education News in Brief U.S. Issues Guidance for Children's Fitness
First lady Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity received a boost last week when the federal government issued its road map for tackling the problem.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Public Agenda Leader Retiring
Ruth A. Wooden, the president of Public Agenda, announced this month that she will retire at the end of 2010.
Mary-Ellen Phelps Deily, May 18, 2010
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Judge Blocks Teacher Layoffs at 3 Inner-City L.A. Schools
Calling it a "major victory," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hailed a judge's decision to block district-mandated layoffs at three Los Angeles middle schools.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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A student reads on the campus of Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vt. The well-known liberal arts college and K12 Inc. have teamed up to build online language courses for high school students.
A student reads on the campus of Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vt. The well-known liberal arts college and K12 Inc. have teamed up to build online language courses for high school students.
Bridget Besaw/Middlebury College
College & Workforce Readiness Vt. College, K12 Inc. Forge Language-Learning Partnership
Online foreign language courses will be offered to high school students via Middlebury College in Vermont.
Katie Ash, May 18, 2010
6 min read
Curriculum News in Brief Middle School Civics Mandate Signed Into Law in Florida
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has signed a bill requiring middle school students to take a civics class and pass an end-of-course test in order to go on to high school.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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Education News in Brief Lawmaker Questions Texas Home-School Numbers
Texas Education Agency figures show nearly 23,000 secondary school students who stopped going to class in 2008 were categorized as being home-schooled and not as dropouts.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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School & District Management News in Brief Longtime Leader of Principal Group to Step Down
Gerald N. Tirozzi, the longtime leader of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, will retire next summer after 12 years of service, the Reston, Va.-based organization announced last week.
Dakarai I. Aarons, May 18, 2010
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Family Won't Seek Damages for Webcam Spying
A lawyer for the family suing a Pennsylvania school district for allegedly spying on students through school laptops says they won't seek a class-action damage award.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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Education Funding News in Brief Maryland School Board May Sue Over Budget
The Montgomery County, Md., school board has voted unanimously to take legal action against the county if its budget is cut further.
The Associated Press, May 18, 2010
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