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Congressional leaders pessimistic about NCLB's renewal in 2008 * Democrats propose a bill that would increase federal education spending * States implement tiered licensing systems to improve teacher quality
 

Federal/NCLB

Rep. Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, sounds pessimistic about NCLB’s prospects for renewal in 2008 and he is blaming President Bush
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16nclb.h27.html

Democrats propose a bill that would increase federal education spending by 3.2 percent in fiscal 2008, but advocates are disappointed about the modest gains projected for K-12 programs
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/17/16budget_web.h27.html

Other News

States implement tiered licensing systems to improve teacher quality
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16licensing.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

NV educators scramble to identify the cost and the consequences of a new decision to include schools in statewide budget reductions that could lead to cuts of $96 million
http://www.lvrj.com/news/12587016.html

SD Senate leaders say K-12 education funding is a top priority this year, but other areas are perhaps more likely to see changes in the 2008 Legislature
http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071216/NEWS/712160325/1001

State Roundup

AK dropout program shows early signs of success, efforts include identifying at-risk students early on
http://www.adn.com/news/education/story/9518161p-9428773c.html

Push to make FL charter schools more academically and financially accountable gains legislative support
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-charter1807dec18,0,3491985.story

GA joins push to set stiffer requirements for administrators with the intent of better preparing them to lead schools in an era of accountability
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16ga.h27.html

GA districts take advantage of a new state law that allows public school systems to convert entirely to charter schools, exempting them from many regulations and giving them more freedom to choose how they meet federal standards
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/121807/met_177158.shtml

NCLB will shut down a UT school, forcing students from the Northern Ute tribe to attend a nearly exclusively white school; parents are concerned about long bus rides and racial issues, but superintendent says his school will welcome the students with more opportunities and open arms
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7748985?source=rv

More high school students pass the Washington Assessment of Student Learning required for graduation, after the legislature delays the math portion of the exam as a requisite
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/343924_wasl18.html

 
 

In the News on December 17, 2007

Federal/NCLB

Calls grow for a broader yardstick for schools: The debate over the formula for rating public schools stalls efforts in Congress to revise NCLB
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/15/AR2007121501747.html?nav=rss_education

Researchers say that a gap in teacher preparation coupled with curricular differences, could explain achievement disparities between American students and their peers in other industrialized nations
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16middle.h27.html

Study concluding that teachers entering the profession today have higher academic qualifications than their counterparts a decade ago is credible and significant, but not cause for resting on laurels, teacher experts say
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16ets.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

Finance officials predict that AL will have to dip into reserves and spend hundreds of millions of dollars in savings to avoid cuts in education spending in 2008
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1197883181192670.xml&coll=2

Some IL school districts will soon start receiving less money from their twice-a-month state funding payments because they have experienced “great changes”
http://www.sj-r.com/News/stories/21835.asp

Southern MD schools prepare for smaller funding increases
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/15/AR2007121500777.html

More than 170 MT school districts will face budget cuts and potential layoffs beginning in July, despite over $100 million in new education money approved earlier this year, analysts predict
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2007/12/17/news/mtregional/news09.txt

A Wake County judge says he will make NC surrender as much as $768 million that will be used to buy new computers for every school district in the state
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/education/story/829883.html

New year brings new school funding fight in NH
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=State+House+Dome%3a+New+year+brings+new+school+funding+fight&articleId=ca0f0351-b7d7-4b9a-8b41-3af4f96063db

Former NJ governors support Corzine’s new school funding proposal, but say the idea will be a tough sell
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2NSZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NzIzMzk1MSZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTQ=

State Roundup

Critics will try to weaken FL’s class-size amendment: Educators say limiting class sizes will require money the cash-strapped state does not have, leave them no flexibility to handle enrollment changes and lead to more portable classrooms
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-classsize1707dec17,0,6798752.story

GA's new special needs scholarship program, a voucher program for disabled students, is popular but limited
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2007/12/16/vouchers_1217.html

IN report says bigger is better when it comes to school consolidation, but educators disagree
http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071217/News01/712170301/1052/News01

NV charter schools hit snag after a decade
http://www.lvrj.com/news/12557466.html

NY school districts in outlying suburbs seek ways to help the increasing number of Hispanic students of immigrant parents improve performance
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/16/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/16Rschool.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=1fd33c15e425dac0&ex=1355461200&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Published Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

In the News on December 18, 2007

 

Federal/NCLB

Rep. Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, sounds pessimistic about NCLB’s prospects for renewal in 2008 and he is blaming President Bush
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16nclb.h27.html

Democrats propose a bill that would increase federal education spending by 3.2 percent in fiscal 2008, but advocates are disappointed about the modest gains projected for K-12 programs
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/17/16budget_web.h27.html

Other News

States implement tiered licensing systems to improve teacher quality
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16licensing.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

NV educators scramble to identify the cost and the consequences of a new decision to include schools in statewide budget reductions that could lead to cuts of $96 million
http://www.lvrj.com/news/12587016.html

SD Senate leaders say K-12 education funding is a top priority this year, but other areas are perhaps more likely to see changes in the 2008 Legislature
http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071216/NEWS/712160325/1001

State Roundup

AK dropout program shows early signs of success, efforts include identifying at-risk students early on
http://www.adn.com/news/education/story/9518161p-9428773c.html

Push to make FL charter schools more academically and financially accountable gains legislative support
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-charter1807dec18,0,3491985.story

GA joins push to set stiffer requirements for administrators with the intent of better preparing them to lead schools in an era of accountability
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16ga.h27.html

GA districts take advantage of a new state law that allows public school systems to convert entirely to charter schools, exempting them from many regulations and giving them more freedom to choose how they meet federal standards
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/121807/met_177158.shtml

NCLB will shut down a UT school, forcing students from the Northern Ute tribe to attend a nearly exclusively white school; parents are concerned about long bus rides and racial issues, but superintendent says his school will welcome the students with more opportunities and open arms
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7748985?source=rv

More high school students pass the Washington Assessment of Student Learning required for graduation, after the legislature delays the math portion of the exam as a requisite
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/343924_wasl18.html

 
 

In the News on December 17, 2007

Federal/NCLB

Calls grow for a broader yardstick for schools: The debate over the formula for rating public schools stalls efforts in Congress to revise NCLB
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/15/AR2007121501747.html?nav=rss_education

Researchers say that a gap in teacher preparation coupled with curricular differences, could explain achievement disparities between American students and their peers in other industrialized nations
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16middle.h27.html

Study concluding that teachers entering the profession today have higher academic qualifications than their counterparts a decade ago is credible and significant, but not cause for resting on laurels, teacher experts say
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/12/19/16ets.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

Finance officials predict that AL will have to dip into reserves and spend hundreds of millions of dollars in savings to avoid cuts in education spending in 2008
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1197883181192670.xml&coll=2

Some IL school districts will soon start receiving less money from their twice-a-month state funding payments because they have experienced “great changes”
http://www.sj-r.com/News/stories/21835.asp

Southern MD schools prepare for smaller funding increases
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/15/AR2007121500777.html

More than 170 MT school districts will face budget cuts and potential layoffs beginning in July, despite over $100 million in new education money approved earlier this year, analysts predict
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2007/12/17/news/mtregional/news09.txt

A Wake County judge says he will make NC surrender as much as $768 million that will be used to buy new computers for every school district in the state
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/education/story/829883.html

New year brings new school funding fight in NH
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=State+House+Dome%3a+New+year+brings+new+school+funding+fight&articleId=ca0f0351-b7d7-4b9a-8b41-3af4f96063db

Former NJ governors support Corzine’s new school funding proposal, but say the idea will be a tough sell
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2NSZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NzIzMzk1MSZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTQ=

State Roundup

Critics will try to weaken FL’s class-size amendment: Educators say limiting class sizes will require money the cash-strapped state does not have, leave them no flexibility to handle enrollment changes and lead to more portable classrooms
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-classsize1707dec17,0,6798752.story

GA's new special needs scholarship program, a voucher program for disabled students, is popular but limited
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2007/12/16/vouchers_1217.html

IN report says bigger is better when it comes to school consolidation, but educators disagree
http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071217/News01/712170301/1052/News01

NV charter schools hit snag after a decade
http://www.lvrj.com/news/12557466.html

NY school districts in outlying suburbs seek ways to help the increasing number of Hispanic students of immigrant parents improve performance
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/16/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/16Rschool.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=1fd33c15e425dac0&ex=1355461200&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

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