September 1, 2010

Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 02
Federal Photo Gallery: Success With ELLs
The Raul Yzaguirre School for Success in Houston is noted for its success in serving English-language learners.
September 1, 2010
A kindergartner at Raul Yzaguirre School for Success holds up signs in English and Spanish. Advocates say more charter schools should follow the Houston school’s example and better serve English-language learners.
A kindergartner at Raul Yzaguirre School for Success holds up signs in English and Spanish. Advocates say more charter schools should follow the Houston school’s example and better serve English-language learners.
Smiley N. Pool for Education Week
Federal Charter Schools Being Urged to Serve ELLs
While it's unclear whether charters are underserving English-language learners, a new report says those schools should do more to recruit and meet the needs of those students.
Mary Ann Zehr, September 1, 2010
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Education Correction Correction
A story in the Aug. 25, 2010, issue of Education Week about school districts rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina incorrectly identified the school where Shonel LeDuff is the principal. She is the principal of Mayfair Middle School in the East Baton Rouge district.
August 31, 2010
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Classroom Technology Pa. Virtual Schools Struggle to Meet State Standards
Although enrollment has grown at Pennsylvania's 11 virtual academies, they have mostly failed to reach state testing standards.
McClatchy-Tribune, August 31, 2010
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School & District Management Oregon Education Board Tackles Virtual Schools
The board takes a small step toward resolving the question: Who decides whether a child can attend an online-only school?
The Associated Press, August 31, 2010
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School & District Management Federal Role Touchy in Standards Push
If federal officials decide to take ownership of the push for common academic standards, they could inject an unwelcome partisan note, said Tennessee Gov. Bredesen.
Alyson Klein, August 31, 2010
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
August 31, 2010
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Education Funding Report Roundup Public Opinion
A new survey of American opinions on education policy finds the public at large and its teaching force are at odds on whether teachers' pay should be tied to their students' test scores.
Dakarai I. Aarons, August 31, 2010
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Federal Report Roundup NCLB
Researchers have summarized findings on schools' progress in putting into practice the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act in a new brief from the RAND Corp.
Debra Viadero, August 31, 2010
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Disaster Preparedness
Released in time for the five-year anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Save the Children's second annual state-preparedness survey found only 12 states have in place basic safeguards to protect children during disasters.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 31, 2010
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Special Education Report Roundup Special Education
A "read aloud" reading test may be a valid accommodation for younger students with disabilities, but for older students, it may provide an unfair advantage, according to a study.
Christina A. Samuels, August 31, 2010
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Education Letter to the Editor Improving Expectations for Latino College Students
To the Editor:
I was pleased to see your story focused on Latino high school students’ choices after graduation, and that it highlighted the complexity of gaining admission into and financing a bachelor’s-degree program ("Latino Students Less Likely to Select Four-Year Colleges," Aug. 11, 2010).
August 31, 2010
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Education Letter to the Editor How Principals Can Promote Early-Childhood Learning
To the Editor:
Your article "Better Training on Early Years Urged for Principals" (Aug. 11, 2010) discusses a critically important subject. Communication between preschool and elementary school teachers—particularly kindergarten teachers—can yield enormous benefits and definitely help lessen achievement gaps.
August 31, 2010
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Professional Development Report Roundup Study Charts Declines in Teacher-Training Hours
Most beginning teachers now appear to be receiving induction services, according to a new analysis.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 31, 2010
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School Climate & Safety TV Networks Gear Up for Education Initiatives
NBC News is planning a special week of programming and other activities late this month to draw attention to the challenges in U.S. education and how to address them.
August 31, 2010
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Green Schoolyards as an Element of Reform
There are dozens of academic and developmental reasons for schools to create and use outdoor classrooms, writes green-schoolyard advocate Kirk Meyer. He gives 10.
Kirk Meyer, August 31, 2010
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Assessment Opinion All of My Favorite Students Cheat
With dishonesty now a virtual classroom norm, writes Christopher L. Doyle, talking openly with students about it might help teachers seek solutions.
Christopher L. Doyle, August 31, 2010
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Standards Opinion Teacher Tess in Testing Land
Lewis Carroll could have had a ball with today's topsy-turvey, test-dominated place called school, writes Nel Noddings. Nothing there is as it seems.
Nel Noddings, August 31, 2010
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Education Funding Race to Top Now Faces Acid Test
The nine states and the District of Columbia will share $3.4 billion in Round Two of the federal competition, a cash infusion intended to fuel bold education reforms.
Sean Cavanagh, August 31, 2010
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Education Funding N.J. Schools Chief Fired Over Race to Top Gaffe
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired his appointed education commissioner, Bret Schundler, in the wake of a paperwork gaffe that may have cost the state a $400 million Race to the Top grant.
Sean Cavanagh, August 31, 2010
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Alan D. Bersin, the former superintendent of San Diego’s schools, answers questions in 2005 after being named California’s secretary of education by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The reforms he promoted in San Diego drew national attention but achieved a mixed record of success.
Alan D. Bersin, the former superintendent of San Diego’s schools, answers questions in 2005 after being named California’s secretary of education by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The reforms he promoted in San Diego drew national attention but achieved a mixed record of success.
Damian Dovarganes/AP-File
School & District Management San Diego Schools Set a New Agenda After Backlash
Ten years after the San Diego district drew national attention for its short-lived reforms, the system unveils a very different improvement plan.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 31, 2010
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After completing their daily physical training, soldiers enrolled in the Army Preparatory School, at Fort Jackson, S.C., await to receive their instructions for the day in 2008.
After completing their daily physical training, soldiers enrolled in the Army Preparatory School, at Fort Jackson, S.C., await to receive their instructions for the day in 2008.
BrettFlashnick.com for Education Week-File
Federal News in Brief Learning to Serve
The U.S. Army is now ending the 2-year-old Army Preparatory School after helping nearly 3,000 high school dropouts earn high school equivalency certificates and become soldiers.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2010
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Federal Hill Study Hints at ESEA Evidence Definition
Language buried in a report on a Senate appropriations bill may provide a glimpse of the bar Congress will set for judging the effectiveness of school improvement interventions.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 30, 2010
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School & District Management News in Brief Teach For America Adds Native American Focus
Teach For America has tapped Robert Cook to lead its fledgling Native Achievement Initiative.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2010
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School & District Management News in Brief Nearly 1 in 4 D.C. Schools Have New Principals
Of the 125 schools in the District of Columbia public school system, 30 had new principals when school opened last week.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2010
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Education News in Brief Los Angeles Unveils Nation's Costliest School
Robert F. Kennedy Community School opens this month in Los Angeles former Ambassador Hotel, where the former attorney general was assassinated in 1968.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2010
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School & District Management News in Brief Using Nonteachers, Chicago Program Adds 90 Minutes to School Day
Chicago is starting a pilot program at 15 elementary schools that will add 90 minutes to the school day, much of it involving lessons via computer without trained teachers, the district officials announced last week.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2010
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In “Waiting for ‘Superman,’ ” Daisy, an East Los Angeles 5th grader who dreams of being a doctor, lives in a neighborhood where an average of six in 10 students don’t graduate from high school.
In “Waiting for ‘Superman,’ ” Daisy, an East Los Angeles 5th grader who dreams of being a doctor, lives in a neighborhood where an average of six in 10 students don’t graduate from high school.
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
School & District Management 'Superman' Documentary Draws Praise, Controversy
The buzz is growing around a soon-to-be-released documentary on schools by the director of "An Inconvenient Truth."
Dakarai I. Aarons, August 30, 2010
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Mass. Education Department Officials Release Anti-Bullying Guidelines
New anti-bullying guidelines proposed by the Massachusetts education department would require principals to report all bullying cases to the parents of the students involved—and, in some cases, to law enforcement as well.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2010
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