May 18, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 31
Professional Development Gates Grant Will Help Group Add Expertise to Central Offices
The Oakland, Calif., group will use its new funding to bring outside talent into school administration.
Michelle D. Anderson, May 17, 2011
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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is one of a group of lawmakers working on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He discussed the future of the law during a forum at George Washington University last week.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is one of a group of lawmakers working on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He discussed the future of the law during a forum at George Washington University last week.
Andrew Councill for Education Week
Education Funding Outlines Emerging for ESEA
Lawmakers are discussing greater flexibility and limiting the extent of the federal role in school improvement and accountability.
Alyson Klein, May 17, 2011
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School & District Management Study Finds Safe Schools Are High-Achieving, Closely Knit
When it comes to safe schools, a new study finds that students' achievement and relationships with teachers and other adults may play more of a role than the neighborhood's crime rate.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 17, 2011
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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels autographs the arm of one of the school children who attended a May 5 bill-signing ceremony at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Daniels signed into law a bill creating the nation's broadest school voucher program, and another that calls for an expansion of charter schools in the state.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels autographs the arm of one of the school children who attended a May 5 bill-signing ceremony at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Daniels signed into law a bill creating the nation's broadest school voucher program, and another that calls for an expansion of charter schools in the state.
Michael Conroy/AP
Federal Vouchers to Evaluations, Indiana Gets Conservative Stamp
From an ambitious new voucher program to curbs on teacher pay and bargaining rights, Gov. Mitch Daniels and fellow Republicans notch big victories.
Sean Cavanagh, May 17, 2011
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Education Letter to the Editor Taming Bureaucracy in Education Institutions
To the Editor:
Public schools are a product and a reflection of their institutional bureaucratic setting. On the surface, laws, rules, and policies appear to provide continuity, but their sheer number strangles open communication, flexibility, and innovation, and this leads to a lack of collaboration and cooperation both inside and outside the system.
May 17, 2011
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Education Letter to the Editor Consider the Other Side of Teacher-Tenure 'Coin'
To the Editor:
Only one-half of the picture was displayed in “Now Is the Time to Redefine Teacher Tenure,” (April 27, 2011). It’s true that many states are strengthening standards and pathways to teacher tenure, but that’s only one side of the coin. On the other end of the tenure scale are the due process protections that differentiate tenured teachers from probationary ones.
May 17, 2011
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Education Letter to the Editor Political Agendas Slam Experienced Teachers
To the Editor:
In Angela Beeley’s “ ‘Mad as Hell’ ” piece (April 27, 2011), she makes the point that because of the demonization of public school teachers, “no one in his or her right mind would go into this profession.” This depiction of lazy, money-grubbing teachers is particularly reserved for teachers who have been in the profession for a number of years. In fact, there has been continual growth in the numbers of individuals who temporarily enter teaching through programs with two-year commitments. Media coverage and government money often flows to these programs that seek to recruit the “brightest and best,” promising their recruits more prestigious careers in finance or government in the future.
May 17, 2011
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Teaching Profession Details Bedevil Bill on Illinois Teachers
Illinois teachers' unions have withdrawn or modified support for state legislation tying teacher evaluation and tenure to student achievement, saying that the bill's language did not reflect principles agreed upon during negotiations.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 17, 2011
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Professional Development Professional Development in Online Instruction
This chart depicts the types of professional-development activities online teachers participated in related to online instruction.
May 17, 2011
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Christian Crank, 6, works on his reading skills at Silver Spring Elementary School in East Providence, R.I. The district enlisted a local psychiatric hospital to keep special education students like Chris in regular district schools.
Christian Crank, 6, works on his reading skills at Silver Spring Elementary School in East Providence, R.I. The district enlisted a local psychiatric hospital to keep special education students like Chris in regular district schools.
Gretchen Ertl for Education Week
Special Education With Hospital's Help, R.I. District Brings Spec. Ed. Pupils Back
The East Providence, R.I., schools enlisted a local psychiatric hospital to help reduce the number of students bused out of the district for special services.
Nirvi Shah, May 17, 2011
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School & District Management Opinion Principal Preparation: Moving Beyond Assessment
Many principal-training processes should be reexamined, Ann Hassenpflug writes.
Ann Hassenpflug, May 17, 2011
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Teaching Opinion Why Wrong Is Not Always Bad
When children are taught to avoid making mistakes at all costs, they grow up afraid to take risks and be creative, says Alina Tugend.
Alina Tugend, May 17, 2011
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Emergency financial manager Robert Bobb stands at the scene of an early-morning fire at Paul Robeson Academy in Detroit last week.
Emergency financial manager Robert Bobb stands at the scene of an early-morning fire at Paul Robeson Academy in Detroit last week.
David Coates/The Detroit News/AP
Education Funding News in Brief Detroit Deep in Debt as Manager Leaves
As the Detroit public schools' emergency financial manager, Robert Bobb, wraps up his final days in the job, he is facing a district that continues to lose students and money.
McClatchy-Tribune, May 17, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College Degrees
The more competitive the school, the higher the income a student can expect from a degree. But the advantage applies most at top-tier colleges.
Caralee J. Adams, May 17, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Arts Education
A survey suggests that arts instruction is widespread in U.S. public schools, though it's typically offered only once or twice a week.
May 17, 2011
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief FBI Investigating Letters to Schools
The envelopes contained a letter referring to al-Qaida and the FBI and contained a white powder that had the look and consistency of cornstarch.
The Associated Press, May 17, 2011
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Education Funding News in Brief Md. Clears College Path for Undocumented
Illegal immigrants who meet certain conditions will be eligible for in-state college tuition in Maryland under a bill signed last week by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
The Associated Press, May 17, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief Facebook-Funded Survey: Newark Split on Schools
A $1 million survey of Newark, N.J., residents found overwhelming agreement that the public schools desperately need improvement.
The Associated Press, May 17, 2011
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Education Funding News in Brief NYC Budget Cuts 6,000
Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled what he called a budget full of difficult decisions that includes cutting more than 6,000 teachers.
The Associated Press, May 17, 2011
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Special Education Report Roundup Autism
A study of over 55,000 South Korean children suggests autism may be more prevalent in the general school population than experts thought.
Nirvi Shah, May 17, 2011
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Education Correction Correction
A story in the May 11, 2011, issue on the Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, program contained incorrect information about the program’s participation in the federal Investing in Innovation grant program. AVID applied for but did not win such a grant.
May 17, 2011
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Federal News in Brief Letter Reminds U.S. Schools of Obligations to Immigrants
The Obama administration issued a letter this month reminding school administrators of their obligation under federal law to enroll children regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
Mark Walsh, May 17, 2011
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Food Safety
Some of the free food provided to schools by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's commodity program needs more-stringent safety standards.
Nirvi Shah, May 17, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief Principal Group Gets New Leader
JoAnn Bartoletti will become the executive director of the 26,000-member National Association of Secondary School Principals when Gerald Tirozzi retires this summer.
Christina A. Samuels, May 17, 2011
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Federal News in Brief Montana Chief Rejects Testing Goals
Denise Juneau has informed U.S. Department of Education officials that she will not raise the state's target test scores to meet benchmarks of the No Child Left Behind law.
The Associated Press, May 17, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Class Size
Only very large reductions in class size are likely to lead to significant long-term effects on student achievement, a new research synthesis says.
Debra Viadero, May 17, 2011
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Federal News in Brief Federal Rules Let Schools Give Local Food Preference
New rules from the U.S. Department of Education allow schools and other institutions to give preference to unprocessed, locally grown and locally raised foods they buy.
Nirvi Shah, May 17, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup President's Panel Wants Arts Studies Expanded
A presidential advisory panel is arguing that the arts hold great potential to bolster student engagement and academic achievement.
May 17, 2011
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