January 18, 2012

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 17
Education Texas School Gets Reprieve
More than half of Americans believe that teachers are underpaid, according to a national telephone survey by Poll Position. The survey was conducted in December, about a month after the American Enterprise Institute released a controversial study saying teachers are overpaid.
January 20, 2012
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Federal Advocates, Policymakers Split on House ESEA Draft
The House GOP's bare-bones approach to federal K-12 policy draws polarized reviews in the NCLB renewal debate.
Alyson Klein, January 17, 2012
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School & District Management Mixed Results Seen for Charter Networks
Half the charter school networks in a study significantly improved their students' high school graduation rates—and half did not.
Christina A. Samuels, January 17, 2012
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School & District Management Report Estimates Cost of Virtual Education
A new analysis found that the per-pupil cost of educating a student through virtual education is significantly less than for a traditional brick-and-mortar education.
Katie Ash, January 17, 2012
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School Choice & Charters Supreme Court Backs Church in Teacher Case
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision that the Constitution bars employment-discrimination lawsuits against churches by their ministers holds major implications for religious schools.
Mark Walsh, January 17, 2012
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Infrastructure Schools Tackle Teacher-Student Online Conversations
Sacramento school officials are coming up with their own guidelines for what kind of online and electronic communication is acceptable between teachers and students.
Melody Gutierrez, The Sacramento Bee (MCT), January 17, 2012
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Teaching Profession High Court Weighs Relaxation of Union 'Agency Fees'
The Supreme Court last week heard arguments on whether unions should give nonmembers more chances to object to extra fees or dues.
Mark Walsh, January 17, 2012
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Equity & Diversity Opinion We Can Overcome Poverty's Impact on School Success
Through policy and investment, schools can erase poverty's impact on learning, Michael A. Rebell and Jessica R. Wolff say.
Michael A. Rebell & Jessica R. Wolff, January 17, 2012
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Chris Whetzel
School & District Management Opinion What Works in School Turnarounds?
Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera share insights on effective school turnaround strategies.
Alan M. Blankstein & Pedro A. Noguera, January 17, 2012
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Education Funding Reports Detail Race to Top Winners' Challenges
States have similar challenges in executing dramatic change and transforming teacher-evaluation systems.
Michele McNeil, January 17, 2012
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Education Letter to the Editor Author of Essay on NAEP Responds to Criticism
To the Editor:
I was pleased to see that the Dec. 14, 2011, issue contained a response by Cornelia Orr, a noted assessment expert who serves as the executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, to my earlier Commentary ("NAEP's Odd Definition of Proficiency," October 26, 2011).
January 17, 2012
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Education Letter to the Editor Uniform Standards Needed For Child-Abuse Reporting
To the Editor:
The recent article ("Penn State Scandal Shines Light on Laws for Reporting Abuse," December 7, 2011.) summarized the need for strengthened legislation to protect children from possible abuse. The sex-abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University should provide impetus for all states to require more uniform reporting.
January 17, 2012
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Education Letter to the Editor Jacobson Got It Right in Commentary On Flaws in SES Tutoring Program
To the Editor:
Thank you, Joan Jacobson, for shedding a truthful and critical light on one of the most ineffective and highly privatized components of the No Child Left Behind Act, supplemental educational services, in the ("Federal Tutoring Program Is Deeply Flawed," December 14, 2011.) Commentary on that subject.
January 17, 2012
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Student Well-Being Letter to the Editor Jacobson Essay Misses the Mark on Tutoring
To the Editor:
In a recent Commentary ("Federal Tutoring Program Is Deeply Flawed," December 14, 2011.), Joan Jacobson accuses a program that provides tutoring to low-income children trapped in low-performing schools of being ineffective and lacking proper oversight.
January 17, 2012
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School & District Management Letter to the Editor Addressing Individual Needs Crucial for Middle School Students
To the Editor:
("Study Links Academic Setbacks to Middle School Transition," December 13, 2011) was a painful read. Painful because the remedy to ensure better middle school education is continuing to focus on surveying individual student need, rather than teaching the material and expectations vital to success.
January 17, 2012
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Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers in Richmond last week. The Republican devoted much of his speech to education.
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers in Richmond last week. The Republican devoted much of his speech to education.
Steve Helber/AP
States State of the States State of the States 2012: Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia
Education Week's coverage of the governor's addresses in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
January 17, 2012
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Education Funding Illinois Merger Plan Could Be Casualty of Sticker Shock
Merging the 800-plus Illinois school districts into a more manageable number could cost nearly $4 billion, according to a recent report that may kill any chance that a commission looking for ways to improve Illinois education will recommend a major consolidation.
The Associated Press, January 17, 2012
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Teacher Preparation Obituary Advocate for Access to Quality Teaching Dies at Age 79
Martin Haberman, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's school of education, died Jan. 1.
Stephen Sawchuk, January 17, 2012
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Education Funding Report Roundup Disengaged Youths
Young people who are neither employed or enrolled in school will cause a $1.56 trillion tax burden and a social burden of $4.75 trillion.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, January 17, 2012
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Students watch an educator pour water as part of an experiment on erosion at the Columbus Global Academy in Columbus, Ohio. The academy enrolls about 460 students in grades 6-12, all of whom are recent arrivals to the United States.
Students watch an educator pour water as part of an experiment on erosion at the Columbus Global Academy in Columbus, Ohio. The academy enrolls about 460 students in grades 6-12, all of whom are recent arrivals to the United States.
Maddie McGarvey for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Study Shares Newcomer Schools' Best Practices
Schools that serve adolescent immigrants have a short time to help students master English, academics, and American culture.
Lesli A. Maxwell, January 17, 2012
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School & District Management News in Brief Phila. Catholic Schools to Close, Reorganize
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to shutter about a quarter of its Roman Catholic high schools and close or combine nearly 30 percent of its elementary schools mainly because of rising costs and low enrollment, officials say.
The Associated Press, January 17, 2012
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School Choice & Charters Report Roundup Charter Managers
More than 300 private organizations—both for-profit and nonprofit—are running public school programs across the country.
Debra Viadero, January 17, 2012
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School & District Management News in Brief Colo. Approves Rules for Online Schools
The Colorado board of education has voted unanimously to approve rules establishing new quality standards for online schools and make them subject to the same scrutiny as traditional schools when they miss those standards.
The Associated Press, January 17, 2012
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Education Funding News in Brief Chicago to Reward Schools for Smart Use of Longer Day
The Chicago school district, which has handed out more than $7 million in incentives to teachers and schools willing to lengthen their days this year, will distribute another $3 million in grants to schools showing ingenuity in how they use the extra 90 minutes.
McClatchy-Tribune, January 17, 2012
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School & District Management Report Roundup Principals
The Wallace Foundation has distilled lessons from school leadership projects into five "key functions" that effective principals must have.
Christina A. Samuels, January 17, 2012
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Education Funding Report Roundup School Funding
The short answer to the perennial question of whether "money matters" in education is "yes."
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, January 17, 2012
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School & District Management Report Roundup Study Tracks a Rise in Rural Enrollment
Enrollment in rural schools is growing faster than in cities and suburbs, and rural students are becoming poorer and more racially diverse.
Diette Courrégé Casey, January 17, 2012
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
January 17, 2012
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