April 25, 2012

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 29
Kennedy School of Sustainability Principal Tom Horn, center, directs students as they care for a tank of tilapia that they are raising at the school as a food source. Achievement and attendance at the school have both increased since Horn reorganized the curriculum around environmental project-based learning.
Kennedy School of Sustainability Principal Tom Horn, center, directs students as they care for a tank of tilapia that they are raising at the school as a food source. Achievement and attendance at the school have both increased since Horn reorganized the curriculum around environmental project-based learning.
Chris Pietsch for Education Week
Teaching Project-Based Learning Helps At-Risk Students
An alternative school in Oregon offers students who struggled in a regular setting an unusual curriculum.
Liana Loewus, April 24, 2012
10 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Cognition
While vitamin D has been shown to boost adult cognition, students' school performance doesn't benefit from an extra dose of sun or a vitamin supplement, according to a study at the University of Bristol, in England.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 24, 2012
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Unequal Opportunities
A new report finds that public school children in New York City have access to vastly different educational opportunities based on where they live.
Nirvi Shah, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Reading & Literacy Report Roundup Early Reading
Teachers and parents could help boost preschoolers' reading skills later on just by changing how they read books aloud to the children, a new study suggests.
Julie Rasicot & Julie Rasicot, April 24, 2012
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Sports Injuries
Thirteen high school football players were left permanently disabled as a result of a football-related brain injury in 2011, the most ever recorded in one year.
Bryan Toporek, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup Education Spending
A new study raises some red flags around how states portrayed their continuing support for K-12 and higher education—amid the Great Recession years—on applications for federal education jobs aid.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 24, 2012
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup College-Going Rates Gauge Schools' Health
Just as price-to-earnings ratios show the financial health of a business, researchers at Harvard University are developing common indicators that will help determine the health and performance of school systems.
Caralee J. Adams, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Reading & Literacy Common Standards Ignite Debate Over Prereading
Many educators have inferred that the common core bans the practice of providing students with context and content before they read text.
Catherine Gewertz, April 24, 2012
11 min read
Federal Policy Shop Casts Long K-12 Shadow
The American Legislative Exchange Council—known as ALEC—has helped shape debate on issues such as vouchers and "parent trigger" laws in statehouses nationwide.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 24, 2012
10 min read
Reading & Literacy Accountability Moving Beyond Math, Reading Tests
In many waivers to the main K-12 education law, states propose testing students in science, social studies, and writing, too.
April 24, 2012
9 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Overhaul Proposed for Career, Tech. Ed. Program
Changes would be aimed at ensuring the program better prepares students to join the labor force.
Alyson Klein, April 24, 2012
3 min read
Federal Waiver Promises May Put Cash Squeeze on States
NCLB flexibility requires fresh attention to low-performing schools, but not all can expect get extra federal aid.
Alyson Klein, April 24, 2012
6 min read
School & District Management Analysis Links Zoning Policies and Disparities
A new Brookings report illuminates some stark test-score differences between public schools in low-income neighborhoods and those in pricier, more-exclusive enclaves.
April 24, 2012
7 min read
School & District Management Compromise Set on Improving Cleveland Schools
The mayor and the teachers’ union have agreed on a plan that calls for taking over struggling schools and revamping salary scales.
Christina A. Samuels, April 24, 2012
3 min read
Early Childhood Contest Under Way for $7.6 Billion in Head Start Grants
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has opened the first phase of a Head Start competition that will require some large urban agencies and other longtime providers to vie for funding for the first time.
Nirvi Shah, April 24, 2012
3 min read
Special Education S.C. Penalty Stands in Spec. Ed. Dispute
The state is refused another extension of the $36 million federal penalty for not spending enough on special education.
Nirvi Shah, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Education Correction Correction
The Commentary "A Flawed Approach to Reading in the Common-Core Standards" in the Feb. 29, 2012, issue of Education Week should have said that the Common Core State Standards have been accepted by all but four states.
April 24, 2012
1 min read
Early Childhood News in Brief La. Law Will Require 'Seamless' Pre-K
Gov. Jindal last week signed legislation that requires the state education board to create an early-childhood-education-and-care network.
Julie Rasicot & Julie Rasicot, April 24, 2012
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief School Violence Series Wins Pulitzer Prize
The Philadelphia Inquirer won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its extensive reporting last year on violence in that city's district.
Christina A. Samuels, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Duncan Shares List of Rural Priorities
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week outlined four priorities for his rural education agenda.
Diette Courrégé Casey, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Texas Funding Trial Scheduled for Fall
A case pitting Texas school districts against the state over cuts in education funding now has an official place on the judicial calendar.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 24, 2012
1 min read
School Choice & Charters News in Brief Mo. Board to Close Troubled Charters
The Missouri board of education voted last week to close all six charter schools in St. Louis run by Imagine Schools Inc.
McClatchy-Tribune, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Classroom Technology News in Brief Tablet for Schools Introduced by Intel
Intel has announced the launch of its 7-inch tablet encased in rugged plastic, created specifically for the education market.
Katie Ash, April 24, 2012
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief New State Chief Named in Maryland
Lillian M. Lowery announced last week that she will take over this summer as state superintendent in Maryland.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Education News in Brief Victim of Bully Gets $4 Million Settlement
A New Jersey school district has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit by a student who was paralyzed after a known bully punched him.
The Associated Press, April 24, 2012
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Top North Dakota Court Upholds Officer's Search of Student
A North Dakota school resource officer's search of a student that turned up illegal drugs was reasonable, the state's highest court has ruled.
Mark Walsh, April 24, 2012
2 min read
Science Commentary Hooking Kids on Science
With a draft of the science standards due out soon, Deanna Kuhn suggests how to make the subject more engaging to students.
Deanna Kuhn, April 24, 2012
5 min read
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Federal Commentary When Washington Focuses on Schools
Applied to the right issues, federal dictates can make their mark in schools, Chester E. Finn Jr. writes.
Chester E. Finn Jr., April 24, 2012
6 min read