October 26, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 09
Education Links in Education Week: October 26, 2011

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35 States Apply for Early-Learning Grant
October 25, 2011
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School & District Management Opinion The Wrong Education Problems Are Being Solved
The stigma that surrounds educators publicly dissecting their own failures prevents performance improvement, write Craig Hochbein and Bradley Carpenter.
Craig D. Hochbein & Bradley Carpenter, October 25, 2011
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Bullying: A New Epithet
Lawrence Knowles explores whether overuse of the term "bullying" is undermining efforts to stop the real thing.
Lawrence M. Knowles, October 25, 2011
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Infrastructure FCC Broadband Initiative Tackles School Needs
Many of the companies contributing to the 'Connect to Compete' effort bring strong experience in educational outreach.
Ian Quillen, October 25, 2011
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Education Correction Correction
A story on Page 6 of this issue about the debate over limiting starchy vegetables in school meals gives an incorrect tally for the number of states in which potatoes are grown. Thirty-six states grow potatoes.
October 25, 2011
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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, attends the markup on Oct. 20.
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, attends the markup on Oct. 20.
Andrew Councill for Education Week
School & District Management ESEA Bill Boosts Research Role in Ed. Programs
A bill to revamp the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has some "under the radar" changes for education research.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Brain Imaging Provides Clues on Math Anxiety
A new brain-imaging study suggests that the way students deal with that first rush of anxiety can be critical to their actual math performance.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2011
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Education Funding News in Brief 35 States Apply for Early-Learning Grant
Thirty-five states, plus the District of Columbia, are vying for a piece of the federal governments $500 million Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.
Sean Cavanagh, October 25, 2011
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Peter McDaniel, of West Gardiner, enjoys some fries during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine.
Peter McDaniel, of West Gardiner, enjoys some fries during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine.
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Education Funding Senate Targets USDA Plan to Limit Potato Servings in School Lunches
Potato-state senators are trying to do an end run around proposed rules for the school lunch program that would restrict servings of potatoes and other starchy vegetables.
Nirvi Shah, October 25, 2011
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Federal ELL Programs Get Overhaul in New York and Los Angeles
Under pressure from state and federal education departments, the nation's two largest school systems announced plans this month to dramatically improve services for hundreds of thousands of English-language learners.
Lesli A. Maxwell, October 25, 2011
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At the KIPP Empower Academy in Los Angeles, which serves kindergartners and 1st graders, Principal Mike Kerr has devised a schedule for kindergartners in which they spend about 30 minutes on laptops in their classrooms twice a day. He says the blended learning approach has allowed him to preserve small-group instruction.
At the KIPP Empower Academy in Los Angeles, which serves kindergartners and 1st graders, Principal Mike Kerr has devised a schedule for kindergartners in which they spend about 30 minutes on laptops in their classrooms twice a day. He says the blended learning approach has allowed him to preserve small-group instruction.
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Early Childhood Kindergartners Blend E-Learning, Face-to-Face Instruction
Computer-based instruction in kindergarten classrooms can be controversial, but one Los Angeles charter school is showing promising results and plans to expand the hybrid approach.
Jill Barshay & The Hechinger Report, October 25, 2011
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Equity & Diversity Immigration Law: Aftershocks in Ala.
Absenteeism among Hispanic students has fluctuated since the new law went into effect, while legal wrangling continues.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, October 25, 2011
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Education Funding News in Brief Judge Sides With Bid to Open Charter Operators' Books
Ohio taxpayers might soon be able to see how private management companies spend the millions of dollars they receive from the public to operate public charter schools, and how much they profit from the ventures.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 25, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief Labor Board Votes Against Longer Chicago School Day
An Illinois state labor board has dealt a blow to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to lengthen the school day for the city's elementary children.
The Associated Press, October 25, 2011
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Education News in Brief Colo. Lawmakers Vote to Ease Post-Columbine Discipline
Colorado lawmakers moved forward last week with a plan to scale back the state's post-Columbine school disciplinary policies.
The Associated Press, October 25, 2011
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Education News in Brief New N.Y. Measures Aim to Stop Cheating on High-Stakes Tests
The New York education department is recommending several measures to crack down on cheating on high-stakes exams that influence not only the futures of students but also the ratings of public schools and teachers' careers.
The Associated Press, October 25, 2011
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Federal News in Brief U.S. Senate Rejects Teacher Jobs Bills
Despite a campaign-style push by President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate last week scuttled pared-back jobs legislation aimed at helping state and local governments avoid teacher layoffs.
The Associated Press, October 25, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief School Boards: Raise Standards for Teacher Ed.
Teacher colleges need to set higher standards for admission and give aspiring educators much more thorough, intense exposure to K-12 classrooms during their training, the National Association of State Boards of Education argues in a new report.
Sean Cavanagh, October 25, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Sports Injuries
Researchers have discovered an increase of more than 400 percent in the number of children's knee injuries over the past 12 years.
Bryan Toporek, October 25, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup IQ Changes
A new study finds that one-fifth of children can gain or lose as many as 20 points on IQ tests taken during their teenage years.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2011
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Accountability Report Roundup School Improvement
An experiment designed to improve nine struggling schools increased students' math skills but had a minimal impact on reading achievement
The Associated Press, October 25, 2011
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Accountability Report Roundup Teacher Training
Differences in elementary students' academic achievement can be attributed in part to where their teachers got their professional training.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, October 25, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Value-Added, Observation Measures of Teacher Effectiveness Found to Be Complementary
Both a value-added measure of teacher effectiveness and a series of scored observations bear a positive relationship to students' future academic achievement, according to a study in the journal Labour Economics.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 25, 2011
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Education Funding Report Roundup Facilities Spending
School districts reported needs totaling $76.5 billion, and districts would be ready to spend $12.5 billion on those projects in the first year if funds were available.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, October 25, 2011
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Assessment Opinion NAEP's Odd Definition of Proficiency
NAEP's proficient standard is beyond the reach of students and it has little to do with how states measure achievement, James Harvey argues.
James R. Harvey, October 25, 2011
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Education Funding Demand Strong for $150 Million in Latest 'i3' Cash
Despite a smaller jackpot, 587 applicants line up in for a new round of Education Department's innovation grant contest.
Michele McNeil, October 25, 2011
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October 24, 2011
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Special Education Letter to the Editor Manual Addresses Autism Teaching
Given the challenges of providing appropriate services to a student population with autism spectrum disorders, the need for evidence-based practice has never been so urgent.
October 24, 2011
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Curriculum Letter to the Editor Keeping Geography in Schools Is Critical
Not only is geography one of the most important subjects to learn and understand, it is a complete lifeline for our survival
October 24, 2011
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