March 30, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 26
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March 30, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Immigrant Children
On two social factors that help determine the well-being of young people, children of immigrants stack up almost as well or better than the offspring of native-born parents, a new report says.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 29, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Graduation Rates
A new report spells out the economic benefits that would come to individuals—and the entire nation—if the United States were to cut its dropout rate in half.
Michelle D. Anderson, March 29, 2011
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup District Demographics
A new report from researchers on the demographics of the nation's 100 largest school districts shows that well over half of students, about 63 percent, are black or Hispanic.
Christina A. Samuels, March 29, 2011
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Education Funding Report Roundup Budget-Cut Effects
A new report from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, shows state budget cuts have widened the gap between schools in poor and wealthy communities.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 29, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup School Breakfast
A survey of school nutrition directors found that serving breakfast at school remains a challenge, especially with older students.
Nirvi Shah, March 29, 2011
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teacher Quality
A Washington State program that provides bonuses to teachers who earn national certification and agree to teach in hard-to-staff schools is yielding mixed results, according to a new report.
Debra Viadero, March 29, 2011
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Standards Multiple 'Curriculum' Meanings Heighten Debate Over Standards
Multiple meanings of the word are driving some of the debate around translation of the common standards into classroom use.
Catherine Gewertz, March 29, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Researchers Find Fewer 'Dropout Factory' Schools
The number of U.S. schools with such poor graduation rates that they are known as "dropout factories" fell by 6.4 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to a new report.
Caralee J. Adams, March 29, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief Detroit Emergency Manager Gets Full Control of Schools
Emergency manager Robert Bobb gained total control of the Detroit school system after a judge lifted an injunction that had limited his authority to financial matters.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2011
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Education Funding News in Brief N.J. School Cuts Ruled Unconstitutional
Gov. Chris Christies $1 billion in cuts to school aid last year left New Jersey unable to meet its obligation to provide all children with a thorough and efficient education, a judge ruled last week.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2011
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Judge Rules in Parent-Trigger Case
A California Superior Court judge ruled last week that the Compton Unified School District violated parents' First Amendment rights by imposing an onerous signature-verification process on a disputed petition for a charter school.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief KIPP, Union Reach Deal on Baltimore Teachers' Pay
The KIPP charter school network has reached a 10-year agreement with the Baltimore Teachers Union for how much it will pay its teachers for working extra-long hours.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 29, 2011
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Education News in Brief Wake County, N.C., Given 'Accredited Warned' Status
Auditors from the accrediting agency AdvancED have placed the 143,000-student Wake County, N.C., school district on "accredited warned" status and issued an unsparing assessment of who should take the blame for the community uproar over changes to the district's school assignment policy.
Christina A. Samuels, March 29, 2011
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Education News in Brief Florida Commissioner Stepping Down in June
The chairman of Florida's State Board of Education resigned in protest last week over what he saw as Gov. Rick Scott's ouster of Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2011
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Education News in Brief Ohio State Schools Chief Felt Pressured to Resign
Citing pressure from new Republican Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Deborah Delisle has announced that she will resign on April 30.
Sean Cavanagh, March 29, 2011
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Education News in Brief Broad Prize Gets $40 Million, Narrows Its Eligibility Pool
The Broad Foundation has endowed the Broad Prize for Urban Education with $40 million in order to sustain the prize in future years, and it is making some changes in eligibility.
Christina A. Samuels, March 29, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Idaho Gov. Signs Merit Pay, Collective Bargaining Bills
A week after Wisconsin officials approved a law to limit collective bargaining for teachers, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed into law a similar measure, one that drew protests in his state.
Sean Cavanagh, March 29, 2011
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Education News in Brief Wis. Judge Blocks Bargaining Law
A Wisconsin judge temporarily blocked a law supported by Gov. Scott Walker that would strip teachers and other public workers of many collective bargaining rights.
Sean Cavanagh, March 29, 2011
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Mathematics News in Brief Co-Founder Leaving School of One
Joel Rose, the co-founder and chief executive officer of the School of One, a New York City math program with some big-name supporters, including technology giants Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems, announced last week that he will be leaving to launch his own nonprofit group with the aim of spreading the model beyond the city.
Ian Quillen, March 29, 2011
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Federal Lawmakers Team to Target Red Tape
Two lawmakers have teamed up to introduce a bill that seeks to make better sense of the maze of federal and state K-12 regulations and the intersection between the two.
Alyson Klein, March 29, 2011
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Teacher Calvin Hobbs works with students at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology, one of nine existing charter schools in Detroit. The district is making plans to turn nearly a third of its 141 schools over to charter operators or education-management organizations over the next few years.
Teacher Calvin Hobbs works with students at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology, one of nine existing charter schools in Detroit. The district is making plans to turn nearly a third of its 141 schools over to charter operators or education-management organizations over the next few years.
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School Choice & Charters Detroit Plans to Turn 41 Schools Over to Outside Operators
Detroit proposes to turn over 41 low-performing schools to charter operators, joining a growing list of districts embracing that strategy.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 29, 2011
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School & District Management Federal Officials Aim to Reshape Regional Education Laboratories
The Education Department is soliciting contract proposals for a new generation of regional education laboratories—just as federal lawmakers target the long-running program for elimination.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 29, 2011
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, center, stands with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst after an address in which he told state lawmakers that there are “no sacred cows” in the Texas budget. The Republican governor has recommended a 10 percent decrease in state spending on K-12 education in fiscal 2012 and is urging school districts to look for creative ways to save money. He also supports legislation to reduce the dropout rate and expand the state’s Virtual School Network.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, center, stands with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst after an address in which he told state lawmakers that there are “no sacred cows” in the Texas budget. The Republican governor has recommended a 10 percent decrease in state spending on K-12 education in fiscal 2012 and is urging school districts to look for creative ways to save money. He also supports legislation to reduce the dropout rate and expand the state’s Virtual School Network.
Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman/AP
States State of the States State of the States 2011: Maine, Minnesota, Texas
Education Week's coverage of the governor's addresses in Maine, Minnesota, and Texas.
March 29, 2011
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School & District Management Urban Study Partnerships Start to Yield Research Results
A five-year-old research collaboration between researchers and some of the nation's largest school districts sheds some light on how students can better understand academic language.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 29, 2011
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Education Letter to the Editor We Need Accountability for Parents and Students
To the Editor:
Much like a car, the education system has several parts: educators, students, and the parents/guardians of the students; yet, we only tinker with educators and hold them accountable for the failures of our system.
March 29, 2011
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High school students in Montevideo, Uruguay, work together on a laptop computer provided by the Plan Ceibal project, a national initiative that aims to put a mobile computing device in the hands of every student. The Latin American nation has been dedicated to the program as a social initiative as much as an educational one.
High school students in Montevideo, Uruguay, work together on a laptop computer provided by the Plan Ceibal project, a national initiative that aims to put a mobile computing device in the hands of every student. The Latin American nation has been dedicated to the program as a social initiative as much as an educational one.
Miguel Rojo/AFP/Getty Images-File
International Countries Pursue Different Paths to Mastering Technology
School officials from Uruguay, Ireland, and other countries discuss how their students are using technology for learning.
Ian Quillen, March 29, 2011
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Education Letter to the Editor Linking Pay and Class Size Hurts Teaching Quality
To the Editor:
In proposing larger classes for the best teachers, Bill Gates assumes mistakenly that teaching in K-12 classrooms is just like lecturing to university students (“Gates to NGA: Tie Class Sizes to Teachers’ Skill,” March 9, 2011).
March 29, 2011
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