February 2, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 19
College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief College Board's SAT Goes Statewide in Delaware
In a bid to raise college awareness and readiness among high school students, the state of Delaware will offer every 11th grader the chance to take the SAT college-entrance exam, free of charge, during the school day.
Catherine Gewertz, February 1, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief Georgia District Refers 29 in Test-Cheating Probe
Officials with Georgia's DeKalb County schools said last week that they would ask the state to investigate 29 current and former employees as part of a test-cheating probe.
McClatchy-Tribune, February 1, 2011
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Tucson Board Won't Join Ethnic-Studies Lawsuit
The school board of the Tucson, Ariz., Unified district decided against joining a federal lawsuit by teachers who are challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that bans courses that promote solidarity among a particular ethnic group.
Mary Ann Zehr, February 1, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief NYC Deputy Chancellor Retires
Deputy Chancellor Eric Nadelstern, once thought to be a candidate for the top job at the 1.1 million-student district, retired last week after 39 years in the school system.
Christina A. Samuels, February 1, 2011
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Charter Schools Gain Seats in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified School District officials approved a plan last week to offer an unprecedented 25,000 classroom seats to 81 charter schools on district campuses.
McClatchy-Tribune, February 1, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief New Tenn. Evaluation System, Due in 6 Months, Lacks Detail
A new teacher-evaluation system based heavily on value-added scores is set to launch in districts across Tennessee in six months, even though parts of it haven't been written and principals haven't been trained to use it.
McClatchy-Tribune, February 1, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Houston Pays $42 Million in Value-Added Bonuses
Houston Superintendent Terry Grier said his district must take a "hard look" at its performance-bonus program, which paid $42 million last week to reward about 92 percent of its employees.
McClatchy-Tribune, February 1, 2011
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Teaching News in Brief Chicago Expanding Free Breakfast to All Students
The Chicago board of education adopted a sweeping new program last week to offer free breakfasts in the classrooms of all of its public elementary schools.
McClatchy-Tribune, February 1, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Two-Year Colleges Improve Freshman-Retention Rate
New survey data from ACT Inc. show that public two-year colleges are improving in their ability to retain freshman students, but four-year private colleges are slipping.
Caralee J. Adams, February 1, 2011
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Education News in Brief Wake County Board Ends Accreditation Standoff
The Wake County, N.C., school board agreed last week to cooperate with a national accrediting agency's review of the system's high schools, ending a political standoff.
McClatchy-Tribune, February 1, 2011
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Anne McGlamry, right, a parent, speaks with Atlanta school board Chairman Khaatim Sherrer El, during a board meeting.
Anne McGlamry, right, a parent, speaks with Atlanta school board Chairman Khaatim Sherrer El, during a board meeting.
David Goldman/AP
Education News in Brief Atlanta's School Board Accepts Probation Report
The Atlanta school board voted last week to accept a report from a major accrediting agency putting the district on accredited probation and listing steps it can take to avoid losing its accreditation.
The Associated Press, February 1, 2011
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Law & Courts News in Brief L.A. Judge Limits Seniority Layoffs
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has approved a sweeping overhaul of how teachers are laid off in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The Associated Press, February 1, 2011
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Education Links in Education Week: February 2, 2011
February 1, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Teach For America to Launch Endowment With $100 Million
Teach For America is getting $100 million to launch its first endowment with the goal of making the organization a permanent fixture in education.
The Associated Press, February 1, 2011
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Missouri Gov. Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon gives his State of the State address Jan. 19 in Jefferson City. He is proposing sending $112 million extra to schools through federal economic-stimulus funds. Read more about Gov. Nixon's address.
Missouri Gov. Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon gives his State of the State address Jan. 19 in Jefferson City. He is proposing sending $112 million extra to schools through federal economic-stimulus funds. <a href="https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/02/02/19sos.h30.html#mo">Read more about Gov. Nixon's address.</a>
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States State of the States State of the States 2011: Arizona, Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and South Carolina
Education Week's coverage of the governor's addresses in Arizona, Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and South Carolina.
February 1, 2011
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Equity & Diversity Commentary A Letter to My President—The One I Voted for...
It's poverty that sentences many children to lackluster educations, not their struggling schools, but the Race to the Top does not reflect that bitter reality, teacher Paul Karrer writes.
Paul Karrer, February 1, 2011
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Education Funding Commentary An Open Message to President Barack Obama
Daniel Tanner has a laundry list of complaints against the administration's education policies and it begins with Race to the Top.
Daniel Tanner, February 1, 2011
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Chris Whetzel
Science Commentary Encouraging the Hand-Mind Connection in the Classroom
Margaret Honey and Eric Siegel argue that the best way for students to get excited about math and science is by encouraging them to create, build, and invent.
Margaret Honey & Eric Siegel, February 1, 2011
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Study Identifies Common Teacher Training Practices
A new report shares approaches used in four states with high student achievement and active professional development programs.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 1, 2011
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Education Funding Report Roundup District Spending
Rural districts in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah spend more per student and hire more staff per 100 students than neighboring city and suburban districts.
Michelle D. Anderson, February 1, 2011
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teacher Compensation
Student performance and accountability must be added to the teacher-pay equation in the Boston public schools, according to a new report.
Michelle D. Anderson, February 1, 2011
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Classroom Technology Report Roundup Online Learning
The U.S. market for self-paced e-learning products and services in pre-K-12 education has increased by 16.8 percent over the past five years, according to a new study.
Katie Ash, February 1, 2011
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February 1, 2011
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School & District Management Big-Name Crowd Lends Gist Support
A new education group has penned a letter asking Rhode Island's governor to keep the state schools chief on the job and keep the basic composition of the state's board of regents, which appoints her.
Sean Cavanagh, February 1, 2011
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Education Letter to the Editor How Teachers and Technology Can Work for Students
To the Editor:
In their recent Commentary, Jonathan Miller-Lane and Tara Affolter wrote that “every teacher must have both a firm grasp on content and be able to make learning meaningful to the next generation of children” (“Toward Greater, More Equitable Access to an Excellent Education,” Jan. 19, 2011). For that, they ask us to rely on and enhance the place of liberal arts in the training of teachers. But there is another way to tackle the problem. Suppose we bifurcate content from critical thinking and assign the delivery of the former to the wonders of technology, while the latter becomes the primary job of a transformed teaching profession.
February 1, 2011
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Education Funding Report Roundup Financial Aid
Students need information earlier in their education careers about college costs and available grants and loans, as well as encouragement to save, a study commissioned by the College Board says.
Caralee J. Adams, February 1, 2011
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Families & the Community Report Roundup Children of Incarcerated Parents
Child-care workers, teachers, and counselors need to be trained to recognize and address the far-reaching impact that parental incarceration can have on children’s educational experience.
Mary Ann Zehr, February 1, 2011
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Law & Courts Report Roundup School Misdemeanors
The growing practice of sending students to court rather than suspending them from class is increasing their chances of academic failure and justice-system involvement, a new report concludes.
Michelle D. Anderson, February 1, 2011
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Education Mastery of Science Eludes Most Students, NAEP Scores Indicate
Thirty-four percent of 4th graders, 30 percent of 8th graders, and 21 percent of seniors met at least the "proficient" level.
February 1, 2011
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