May 11, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 30
At the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, in July, 2009, Three Cups of Tea co-author Greg Mortenson, left, shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
At the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, in July, 2009, <i>Three Cups of Tea</i> co-author Greg Mortenson, left, shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Department of Defense/AP
Education Funding Education Community Rethinks 'Pennies for Peace' Support
Allegations have surfaced that the author of Three Cups of Tea may have misused funds meant for Afghan and Pakistani schools.
Mary Ann Zehr, May 10, 2011
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Equity & Diversity Studies Shed Light on Teaching Immigrant Preschoolers
A growing number of studies offer guidance for educators on strategies for preparing the children of the nation’s growing immigrant population for kindergarten.
Mary Ann Zehr, May 10, 2011
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Advanced Placement chemistry teacher Stacy Stoll, second from left, guides students Lissa Haddock, Brandon Pope, and Morgan O’Quain through a titration experiment at Harker Heights High School, near Fort Hood, in Harker Heights, Texas. The district is taking part in a pilot project this year aimed at increasing AP science enrollment among children of military families.
Advanced Placement chemistry teacher Stacy Stoll, second from left, guides students Lissa Haddock, Brandon Pope, and Morgan O’Quain through a titration experiment at Harker Heights High School, near Fort Hood, in Harker Heights, Texas. The district is taking part in a pilot project this year aimed at increasing AP science enrollment among children of military families.
Erich Schlegel for Education Week
Standards Schools May Be Asked to Report on Progress of Military Children
Growing concern about the academic welfare of students from highly mobile military families is prompting some advocates to call on schools to break out the data on them.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 10, 2011
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States State Lawmakers Make Curricular Demands of Schools
Legislation sets mandates for schools to cover topics in civics and science, financial literacy, arts, sex education, and more.
May 10, 2011
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Assessment Most Students Don't Meet 'Proficient' Bar on NAEP in Civics
High school seniors' scores fell, 4th graders' rose, and 8th graders' remained the same.
May 10, 2011
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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who signed into law a broad school voucher program, lifts the bill into the air as Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman applauds at the Statehouse in Indianapolis last week. He also signed a measure that calls for an expansion of charter schools.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who signed into law a broad school voucher program, lifts the bill into the air as Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman applauds at the Statehouse in Indianapolis last week. He also signed a measure that calls for an expansion of charter schools.
Michael Conroy/AP
School Choice & Charters Ambitious Voucher Program Signed Into Law in Indiana
Indiana has passed an ambitious voucher program that gives middle-income families access to taxpayer funds for private school tuition.
Sean Cavanagh, May 10, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Education Pipeline
The U.S. Census Bureau has released detailed information about how far Americans get in the education pipeline—and where it begins to leak.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Accountability Report Roundup School Improvement Grants
More than 70 percent of schools participating in the federal School Improvement Grant program are using the relatively flexible option known as "transformation" to make academic upgrades.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 10, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Education Spending
The United States has the largest share of children being raised by a single parent of any nation in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a new analysis shows.
Michelle D. Anderson, May 10, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Math Curricula
U.S. students typically encounter easier math curricula than those in many other nations, a new study finds, with wide differences also seen across states and school districts.
May 10, 2011
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup School Lunch Applications
A new study suggests that nearly one-third of students may lose their free or reduced-price meals because their parents refuse to document their income and prove eligibility.
Nirvi Shah, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Federal Report Roundup No Child Left Behind
An analysis of 1,400 school improvement plans from Title I schools in several states found that more than 90 percent included at least one "potentially effective" parent-involvement activity
Nirvi Shah, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Early Childhood Report Roundup State Preschool Funding Declined in 2010
Last year, total state funding for preschool declined by nearly $30 million, according to the annual yearbook recently released by the National Institute for Early Education Research, or NIEER.
Maureen Kelleher, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Data News in Brief Pearson Buying SchoolNet
Education publisher Pearson announced last week that it will purchase education software maker SchoolNet.
Ian Quillen, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Education News in Brief Computer Glitch Kicks Ind. Students Off State Test
The company that runs Indiana's standardized achievement test, ISTEP, will review whether students' scores across the state are valid.
The Associated Press, May 10, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Miss. Superintendent Who Led Post-Katrina Recovery Dies
Kim Stasny, one of the many superintendents on the front lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, died last week of braintumor-related complications.
Michelle A. Anderson, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Companies Pledge $13 Million to Minneapolis Schools
The Minneapolis-based Target Corp., Cargill Inc., General Mills Inc., and Medtronic Inc. are together providing more than $13 million in grants to help support the city's public schools through 2014.
The Associated Press, May 10, 2011
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
May 10, 2011
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President Barack Obama stands with the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, Michelle Shearer, during a ceremony honoring her at the White House last week.
President Barack Obama stands with the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, Michelle Shearer, during a ceremony honoring her at the White House last week.
Charles Dharapak/AP
Teaching Profession News in Brief 2011 Teacher of the Year Sees 'Abilities, Not Disabilities'
As Michelle Shearer tours the country over the next 12 months, she will be encouraging teachers to make the STEM fields accessible to all students, including those with special needs.
Liana Loewus, May 10, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Former GM Executive Named Detroit Emergency Manager
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed a former General Motors Corp. executive last week to take over the job of emergency manager for the Detroit public schools.
The Associated Press, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Appeal of 'Silent' Cheerleader
A Texas high school cheerleader was dismissed from the squad after she refused to cheer for a basketball player she accused of sexually assaulting her.
Mark Walsh, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Charlotte Howell, a guidance counselor at Hackleburg Elementary School in Hackleburg, Ala., looks at what remains of the school after tornadoes struck.
Charlotte Howell, a guidance counselor at Hackleburg Elementary School in Hackleburg, Ala., looks at what remains of the school after tornadoes struck.
Matt McKean/Times Daily/AP
School & District Management News in Brief Tornadoes Rip Apart Southern Schools
As state leaders assess the damage from a string of deadly tornadoes that swept across the South on April 27, school administrators are figuring out what happens next for students who have been displaced.
Ross Brenneman, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Education Funding Wavering District Back on RTT Track
A scolding from the U.S. Secretary of Education and the resulting public pressure were apparently enough to persuade a Delaware school board to reaffirm its commitment to the state's reform plans.
Michele McNeil, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Voters Would Derail States' Voucher Plans
To the Editor:
The four states discussed in the article “GOP Lawmakers Press Voucher Expansion in States” (April 27, 2011) are among the 39 states whose constitutions prohibit tax aid to religious institutions, but, tellingly, are not among the 14 states (including the District of Columbia) where voters decisively rejected vouchers or their variants by landslide margins in over two dozen statewide referendums.
May 10, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Latino Children Need Equal Access to Preschool
To the Editor:
Thank you for your coverage of the recent University of California, Berkeley, study showing a nationwide decrease in Latino preschool enrollment and your thoughtful discussion of possible reasons for this unfortunate trend (“Study Finds a Drop in Percentage of Latinos in Preschools,” April 20, 2011).
May 10, 2011
1 min read
Education News in Brief Idaho Union Launches Petition
The Idaho Education Association has launched a petition drive to try to overturn controversial education laws approved by lawmakers this year.
Sean Cavanagh, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Education News in Brief Governor Proposes Removing School Boundaries in Mich.
The Republican governor also is calling for implementing performance pay for teachers and changing the state's funding formula to reward schools for making academic gains.
Sean Cavanagh, May 10, 2011
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Model Standards For Teachers Ready
The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium has finalized a revision of the Model Core Teaching Standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 10, 2011
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