August 25, 2010

Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 01
Education Links in Education Week: September 15, 2010

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U.S. Tests Awaiting Big Shifts
September 14, 2010
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Education Links in Education Week: September 1, 2010

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Anticipation and Controversy Surround 'Superman' Release
August 31, 2010
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School & District Management Few Studies Track Post-Katrina School Changes
Scholars say they missed out on a chance to study the school reforms launched in New Orleans in the wake of the 2005 hurricane.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 25, 2010
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Freshman at the New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy line up in the cafeteria at the beginning of the school year.
Freshman at the New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy line up in the cafeteria at the beginning of the school year.
School Climate & Safety New Orleans Schools Seize Post-Katrina Momentum
Five years after the hurricane devastated the region, New Orleans schools emerge changed—and challenged.
Erik W. Robelen, August 25, 2010
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A bus ferries children to school past abandoned buildings in New Orleans East. Slightly more than half of the neighborhood's pre-Katrina population of 100,000 has returned since 2005.
A bus ferries children to school past abandoned buildings in New Orleans East. Slightly more than half of the neighborhood's pre-Katrina population of 100,000 has returned since 2005.
Erika Larsen/Redux for Education Week
School & District Management Region's Schools Turn Storm's Havoc Into Transformation
The national economic crisis and the massive BP oil leak have stalled the recovery in some districts, but a steady pace of renewal continues in others.
Christina A. Samuels, August 25, 2010
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Education Photo Gallery: Katrina: 5 Years Later
As public schools open all over Gulf region this month, you don’t have to look far for signs of how the education landscape has changed since Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago.
August 24, 2010
Teaching Profession News in Brief L.A. Times Stirs Controversy With Teacher-Effectiveness Scoring
A controversial project by The Los Angeles Times to measure teacher effectiveness at the classroom level is drawing support from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and outrage from the local teachers' union.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 24, 2010
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Professional Development Report Roundup Professional Development
A report released this month urges state lawmakers and district officials to revise local collective bargaining contracts and state laws so that they support high-quality professional development.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 24, 2010
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief First Summit on Bullying Shows Need for Studies
One in every three U.S. students, an estimated 18 million young people, will be bullied in school this year, federal statistics suggest.
Dakarai I. Aarons, August 24, 2010
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School & District Management Report Roundup Adolescent Health
Today's American teenagers have a higher degree of hearing loss than those evaluated in the 1980s and 1990s, a report says.
Christina A. Samuels, August 24, 2010
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Ed-Tech Policy News in Brief No Federal Charges in Pa. Webcam Case
No criminal charges will be filed against a suburban Philadelphia school district that secretly snapped tens of thousands of webcam photographs on laptop computers issued to students.
The Associated Press, August 24, 2010
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School & District Management Report Roundup Achievement Gap
Some reasons behind the nation's stalled progress in closing the achievement gap between black students and their better-performing white peers are explored in a new report from the Educational Testing Service.
Debra Viadero, August 24, 2010
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Law & Courts News in Brief ACLU Investigates Legality Of Calif. Public School Fees
The ACLU is examining school districts across California to determine if they are illegally charging mandatory fees for such purposes as band equipment in violation of a state constitutional guarantee of a free public education.
The Associated Press, August 24, 2010
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School & District Management Report Roundup Drug Abuse
Twenty-seven percent of public school students ages 12 to 17 say that drugs are used, kept, or sold on school grounds, according to a survey.
Christina A. Samuels, August 24, 2010
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Accountability News in Brief Accreditation Team to Review Wake County School Board
A school accreditation agency has threatened to strip credentials from high schools in Wake County, N.C., unless the local school board can justify changing the district's student-assignment plan.
The Associated Press, August 24, 2010
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School & District Management News in Brief Consolidation Could Save Mich. Millions, Study Says
A study by Michigan State University's Education Policy Center suggests that Michigan could save millions of dollars by restructuring its system of 550 public school districts.
Mary Schulken, August 24, 2010
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School & District Management Report Roundup Study: Fewer Than Half of Black Males Graduate on Time
An annual Schott Foundation report shows that high school graduation rates for African-American males continue to lag behind those for white students.
Dakarai I. Aarons, August 24, 2010
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Federal News in Brief House Panel to Examine Turnaround Firms
U.S. Rep. George Miller announced that the House Education and Labor Committee will hold hearings to review companies selected to help school districts turn around low-performing schools using federal funds.
Dakarai I. Aarons, August 24, 2010
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Data News in Brief Ed. Dept. Offers Data on Demand
The U.S. Department of Education this month unveiled a new website containing national and state data from across the departments program offices, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the College Board.
Ian Quillen, August 24, 2010
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Law & Courts News in Brief Wyo. Court Rules Salaries Public Record
A Wyoming judge this month ruled in favor of a newspaper trying to get the Laramie school district to release the names and salaries of its employees.
The Associated Press, August 24, 2010
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Harvard Tops 2011 'Best Colleges' List
U.S. News and World Report released its 2011 list of best colleges last week, with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia universities leading the way among national universities. After controversy surfaced over the peer-assessment portion of the survey, in which college officials fill out questionnaires about other institutions, the magazine lowered their importance and added the voices of 1,800 high school counselors in its evaluation. The 2011 survey also gives more weight to colleges' graduation rates.
Caralee J. Adams, August 24, 2010
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Loan-Repayment Rates Low at Most For-Profit Colleges
The federal government has released data on more than 8,000 colleges showing that many students at for-profit colleges aren’t repaying their student loans. The numbers could imperil the ability of future students at those schools to receive federal financial aid.
The Associated Press, August 24, 2010
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Education Correction Correction
The table on Page 28 of Education Week's Diplomas Count 2010 report gave a wrong number, provided by the Education Commission of the States, for total credits required to earn a standard diploma in Utah. The correct number of credits in Utah is 24; the correct U.S. average number of credits is 21. The numbers have been corrected on edweek.org.
August 23, 2010
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Classroom Technology Pa. Districts Pay for Growing Use of Cyber Schools
Paying for students to attend public cyber charter schools is becoming increasingly expensive for local school systems.
McClatchy-Tribune, August 23, 2010
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Assessment News in Brief Cheating Inquiries Expand in Georgia
Gov. Sonny Perdue will name an investigator to look into allegations of cheating in Atlanta on the state's test.
Dakarai I. Aarons, August 23, 2010
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
August 23, 2010
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Federal Researchers' ELL Data Subpoenaed in Arizona Court Case
Lawyers for the state education chief seek the data for use in a long-running federal court case over Arizona's ELL programs.
Mary Ann Zehr, August 23, 2010
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President Barack Obama signs legislation that his administration pushed as crucial to preserving education jobs across the country.
President Barack Obama signs legislation that his administration pushed as crucial to preserving education jobs across the country.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Federal States, Districts Mull How to Use $10 Billion in Jobs Aid
Some use cash to reverse layoffs, while others plan to hold onto the aid as the stimulus "funding cliff" looms.
Dakarai I. Aarons & Alyson Klein, August 23, 2010
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