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Opinion -- A -'No Child' Law for all Children: There's a Better Way to Handle Special Needs * The Supreme Court is evenly divided on special education case * Report shows the gap in teacher qualifications in NYC * RI boosts graduation requirements

 


Federal/NCLB

Opinion – A ‘No Child’ Law for all Children: There's a Better Way to Handle Special Needs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/10/AR2007101002117.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

State Roundup

The Supreme Court is evenly divided on special education case; meaning that NY must pay private tuition for students for which it cannot provide an appropriate education, even if the student has never attended public school
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/10/AR2007101000796.html?nav=rss_education

AZ educators and business leaders endorse a proposal to raise high-school math and science graduation requirements
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1011stateboard1011.html

Report says that DC’s controversial voucher program designed to send low-income children to better-performing private schools has allowed some students to take classes in unsuitable learning environments and from teachers without bachelor's degrees
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/10/AR2007101002529.html?nav=rss_education

State officials call for a study to learn more about a recent report showing IA with the most disproportionate number of black students being suspended from school
http://www.radioiowa.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=8BCCBA0C-F4EB-2492-93F163E2D80DC584

NH parents and educators lobby for special education rules: parents advocate for rules to help their children, and educators advocate for rules to make their jobs more manageable
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071011/FRONTPAGE/710110350/1043/NEWS01

Report examines the potential of undocumented students in NM and vouches for their opportunity for legalization
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/SantaFeNorthernNM/Examining_the_potential_of_undocumented_students

OK parents say the best teachers should get more pay, and that parent input should be taken into account when deciding how much more
http://newsok.com/article/3144490/

RI boosts graduation requirements under a new diploma system, and districts struggle to comply as state monitoring increases
http://www.projo.com/news/content/hs_diploma_10-11-07_2T7EKGF.315132e.html

October 10, 2007

 

School Funding Litigation/Policy

MO’s school funding case, the billion-dollar lawsuit, is criticized by senators as lavish spending, but, even though they have lost their first round in court, school administrators say their legal expenses were well spent
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/education/story/72D3BA705FD276F886257370000FDEEF?OpenDocument

State budgets are tenuous as they head into ‘08
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=247107

Editorial – Time for a new school aid formula in NJ
http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2007/10/viewed_from_a_distance_new.html

Attorney says that NE’s Supreme Court ruling last week declaring the state’s constitution does not include a right to equal and adequate school funding will not affect the Omaha school lawsuit pending in a district court and expected to go to trial next year
http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2007/10/10/news/local/doc470c102d875f0860297312.txt

State Roundup

The closing of schools for homeless children is challenged in an AZ court
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07brief-4.h27.html

KS report card shows narrowing achievement gaps
http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/310678.html

Report shows that the gap in the qualifications of teachers when comparing NYC’s highest- and lowest-poverty schools closed “substantially” between 2000 and 2005
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07report-3.h27.html

Poll shows that most Utahans are opposed to vouchers
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/08aputah_web.h27.html

WV seeks solutions to looming “teacher shortage”
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/section/News/2007100930

Federal/NCLB

President Bush says he is open to reformulating NCLB but stresses that he is unwilling to surrender on its core elements of testing and accountability
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/09/AR2007100901954.html?nav=rss_education

Other News

Study finds that low-income students who attend urban public high schools generally do just as well as private-school students with similar backgrounds
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/09/7809appublicprivateschools.html?levelId=1000&

School tackles an obstacle to achievement that seems particularly pronounced among the Native American students: high mobility
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07native.h27.html

on Time & Learning will provide research, advocacy, and technical assistance to efforts to increase academic and enrichment opportunities for students
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07time.h27.html

National program, Strategic Education Research Partnership, works to improve educational research through studies aimed at solving practical problems
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07serp.h27.html

 

Commentary – the most important ingredient in effective science education is being undervalued and overlooked: creative, engaging, and demanding elementary science
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07pratt.h27.html

Report suggests that the growing popularity of charter schools is more a result of improved student behavior and better student attendance than higher student achievement
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07report-5.h27.html

According to a national survey of educators, schools should not have the primary responsibility for teaching students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07report-1.h27.html

 

October 9, 2007

School Funding Litigation/Policy

NE passes a new school funding law that ties funding to smaller class size, but education superintendent fears it will sap money from high poverty districts that do not have the resources to trim down their classes
http://ap.theindependent.com/pstories/state/ne/20071007/206120718.shtml

Lower-funded school districts in MI will get extra state aid to help bridge the funding gap among K-12 public schools, but the funding formula has yet to be determined
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/09/07apmichigan_web.h27.html

TX school boards seek voter approval to push tax rates up
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/100807dntexschooltaxes.371d1bf.html

“Measure will let majority rule taxes” – WA voters will decide this fall how big a majority will be needed to pass school funding measures
http://www.theolympian.com/news/story/237627.html

State Roundup

AR program ties financial incentives to advanced placement scores
http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2007/10/09/News/343603.html

According to a state audit, KY needs a better system to track school attendance; districts could be losing or gaining funds
http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/197518.html

DC plans to establish a database to track public school students from pre-kindergarten to college graduation to better plan interventions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/08/AR2007100801469.html?nav=rss_education

HI Board of Education budgets $300,000 to institute a drug-sniffing dog program in schools even as it deferred a decision on the program over legal concerns
http://starbulletin.com/2007/10/08/news/story03.html

MT school officials still believe the state should be providing more money for public education, but for now they aren't planning to go back to court over it
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/MT_SCHOOL_FUNDING_MTOL-?SITE=MTBOZ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Mastery transforms a violence-plagued and low-performing PA middle school into a model charter school, in one year
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/education/20071007_At_Mastery__same_students_transformed.html

NY will not provide extra money to build “green” schools
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07stjour.h27.html

OR report card offers schools lessons for improvement as teachers work together to make adjustments
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/119190211056110.xml&coll=7&thispage=1

New law requires TX school districts to cut their electricity use by 5 percent a year for six years. Educators scramble to comply with the law as they dim the lights and keep an eagle eye on the thermostat; but some claim the state should fund conservation measures
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/10/09/1009energy.html

School Integration

Study finds that teachers and administrators in DE public schools don't reflect the diversity of their student body and notes concerns about segregation
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071006/NEWS/710060347/1006/NEWS

Federal/NCLB

Congress considers performance pay for teachers, but state experience shows mixed results
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=246599

Commentary – Reauthorize NCLB with National Standards: “We don’t need better tests. We need to use a single set of national tests”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/08/07mattimore_web.h27.html

Other News

Commentary – Educating children in the new millennium: “We must design schools that will prepare young people to thrive in the 21st century…We simply need to pause long enough to listen and observe – child’s play”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07webb.h27.html


October 8, 2007

 


School Integration

The College Gap: “Why integrating high school with higher education makes sense – and how to do it”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07hoffman.h27.html

National/NCLB

The Proficiency Illusion report reinforces growing concerns that no common yardstick exists for comparing school improvement gains across states
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07fordham.h27.html

As congress considers the tutoring provision of NCLB, lawmakers differ over the scope of the program and how to measure its quality
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07nclb.h27.html

Report argues that the overemphasis on improving rigor and standards behind the high school diploma is unsound because these “gains come at the expense of other goals for high school reform, including equity, curricular relevance, and student interest”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07highschool.h27.html

Opinion – “'s high schools are at risk of becoming a disaster, yet few of our political leaders are talking about it”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/05/AR2007100501670.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

If testing has squeezed science out, can testing also bring science back?
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07science.h27.html

Opinion – An Archaic System of Education: “A standards-based system of instruction, assessment, and reporting acknowledges that children grow and develop at different rates”
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2007/10/08/an_archaic_education_system/

School Funding Litigation/Policy

As the 2008 fiscal year gets into full swing, some states are still ironing the kinks out of their cash-strapped budgets, and school funding is amongst the programs that could face the chopping block
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07fiscal.h27.html

NJ League of Municipalities joins the debate surrounding school-funding reform
http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007710050462

State Roundup

NJ school district starts its first program for autistic children after years of paying for them to be educated at specialized private schools
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/07/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/07Rautistic.html?ex=1349409600&en=91e17a1fc24cbd6f&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2007

In the News on the week of October 8-12, 2007

 


Federal/NCLB

Opinion – A ‘No Child’ Law for all Children: There's a Better Way to Handle Special Needs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/10/AR2007101002117.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

State Roundup

The Supreme Court is evenly divided on special education case; meaning that NY must pay private tuition for students for which it cannot provide an appropriate education, even if the student has never attended public school
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/10/AR2007101000796.html?nav=rss_education

AZ educators and business leaders endorse a proposal to raise high-school math and science graduation requirements
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1011stateboard1011.html

Report says that DC’s controversial voucher program designed to send low-income children to better-performing private schools has allowed some students to take classes in unsuitable learning environments and from teachers without bachelor's degrees
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/10/AR2007101002529.html?nav=rss_education

State officials call for a study to learn more about a recent report showing IA with the most disproportionate number of black students being suspended from school
http://www.radioiowa.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=8BCCBA0C-F4EB-2492-93F163E2D80DC584

NH parents and educators lobby for special education rules: parents advocate for rules to help their children, and educators advocate for rules to make their jobs more manageable
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071011/FRONTPAGE/710110350/1043/NEWS01

Report examines the potential of undocumented students in NM and vouches for their opportunity for legalization
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/SantaFeNorthernNM/Examining_the_potential_of_undocumented_students

OK parents say the best teachers should get more pay, and that parent input should be taken into account when deciding how much more
http://newsok.com/article/3144490/

RI boosts graduation requirements under a new diploma system, and districts struggle to comply as state monitoring increases
http://www.projo.com/news/content/hs_diploma_10-11-07_2T7EKGF.315132e.html

October 10, 2007

 

School Funding Litigation/Policy

MO’s school funding case, the billion-dollar lawsuit, is criticized by senators as lavish spending, but, even though they have lost their first round in court, school administrators say their legal expenses were well spent
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/education/story/72D3BA705FD276F886257370000FDEEF?OpenDocument

State budgets are tenuous as they head into ‘08
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=247107

Editorial – Time for a new school aid formula in NJ
http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2007/10/viewed_from_a_distance_new.html

Attorney says that NE’s Supreme Court ruling last week declaring the state’s constitution does not include a right to equal and adequate school funding will not affect the Omaha school lawsuit pending in a district court and expected to go to trial next year
http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2007/10/10/news/local/doc470c102d875f0860297312.txt

State Roundup

The closing of schools for homeless children is challenged in an AZ court
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07brief-4.h27.html

KS report card shows narrowing achievement gaps
http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/310678.html

Report shows that the gap in the qualifications of teachers when comparing NYC’s highest- and lowest-poverty schools closed “substantially” between 2000 and 2005
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07report-3.h27.html

Poll shows that most Utahans are opposed to vouchers
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/08aputah_web.h27.html

WV seeks solutions to looming “teacher shortage”
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/section/News/2007100930

Federal/NCLB

President Bush says he is open to reformulating NCLB but stresses that he is unwilling to surrender on its core elements of testing and accountability
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/09/AR2007100901954.html?nav=rss_education

Other News

Study finds that low-income students who attend urban public high schools generally do just as well as private-school students with similar backgrounds
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/09/7809appublicprivateschools.html?levelId=1000&

School tackles an obstacle to achievement that seems particularly pronounced among the Native American students: high mobility
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07native.h27.html

on Time & Learning will provide research, advocacy, and technical assistance to efforts to increase academic and enrichment opportunities for students
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07time.h27.html

National program, Strategic Education Research Partnership, works to improve educational research through studies aimed at solving practical problems
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07serp.h27.html

 

Commentary – the most important ingredient in effective science education is being undervalued and overlooked: creative, engaging, and demanding elementary science
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07pratt.h27.html

Report suggests that the growing popularity of charter schools is more a result of improved student behavior and better student attendance than higher student achievement
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07report-5.h27.html

According to a national survey of educators, schools should not have the primary responsibility for teaching students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07report-1.h27.html

 

October 9, 2007

School Funding Litigation/Policy

NE passes a new school funding law that ties funding to smaller class size, but education superintendent fears it will sap money from high poverty districts that do not have the resources to trim down their classes
http://ap.theindependent.com/pstories/state/ne/20071007/206120718.shtml

Lower-funded school districts in MI will get extra state aid to help bridge the funding gap among K-12 public schools, but the funding formula has yet to be determined
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/09/07apmichigan_web.h27.html

TX school boards seek voter approval to push tax rates up
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/100807dntexschooltaxes.371d1bf.html

“Measure will let majority rule taxes” – WA voters will decide this fall how big a majority will be needed to pass school funding measures
http://www.theolympian.com/news/story/237627.html

State Roundup

AR program ties financial incentives to advanced placement scores
http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2007/10/09/News/343603.html

According to a state audit, KY needs a better system to track school attendance; districts could be losing or gaining funds
http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/197518.html

DC plans to establish a database to track public school students from pre-kindergarten to college graduation to better plan interventions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/08/AR2007100801469.html?nav=rss_education

HI Board of Education budgets $300,000 to institute a drug-sniffing dog program in schools even as it deferred a decision on the program over legal concerns
http://starbulletin.com/2007/10/08/news/story03.html

MT school officials still believe the state should be providing more money for public education, but for now they aren't planning to go back to court over it
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/MT_SCHOOL_FUNDING_MTOL-?SITE=MTBOZ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Mastery transforms a violence-plagued and low-performing PA middle school into a model charter school, in one year
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/education/20071007_At_Mastery__same_students_transformed.html

NY will not provide extra money to build “green” schools
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07stjour.h27.html

OR report card offers schools lessons for improvement as teachers work together to make adjustments
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/119190211056110.xml&coll=7&thispage=1

New law requires TX school districts to cut their electricity use by 5 percent a year for six years. Educators scramble to comply with the law as they dim the lights and keep an eagle eye on the thermostat; but some claim the state should fund conservation measures
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/10/09/1009energy.html

School Integration

Study finds that teachers and administrators in DE public schools don't reflect the diversity of their student body and notes concerns about segregation
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071006/NEWS/710060347/1006/NEWS

Federal/NCLB

Congress considers performance pay for teachers, but state experience shows mixed results
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=246599

Commentary – Reauthorize NCLB with National Standards: “We don’t need better tests. We need to use a single set of national tests”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/08/07mattimore_web.h27.html

Other News

Commentary – Educating children in the new millennium: “We must design schools that will prepare young people to thrive in the 21st century…We simply need to pause long enough to listen and observe – child’s play”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07webb.h27.html


October 8, 2007

 


School Integration

The College Gap: “Why integrating high school with higher education makes sense – and how to do it”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07hoffman.h27.html

National/NCLB

The Proficiency Illusion report reinforces growing concerns that no common yardstick exists for comparing school improvement gains across states
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07fordham.h27.html

As congress considers the tutoring provision of NCLB, lawmakers differ over the scope of the program and how to measure its quality
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07nclb.h27.html

Report argues that the overemphasis on improving rigor and standards behind the high school diploma is unsound because these “gains come at the expense of other goals for high school reform, including equity, curricular relevance, and student interest”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07highschool.h27.html

Opinion – “'s high schools are at risk of becoming a disaster, yet few of our political leaders are talking about it”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/05/AR2007100501670.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

If testing has squeezed science out, can testing also bring science back?
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07science.h27.html

Opinion – An Archaic System of Education: “A standards-based system of instruction, assessment, and reporting acknowledges that children grow and develop at different rates”
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2007/10/08/an_archaic_education_system/

School Funding Litigation/Policy

As the 2008 fiscal year gets into full swing, some states are still ironing the kinks out of their cash-strapped budgets, and school funding is amongst the programs that could face the chopping block
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07fiscal.h27.html

NJ League of Municipalities joins the debate surrounding school-funding reform
http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007710050462

State Roundup

NJ school district starts its first program for autistic children after years of paying for them to be educated at specialized private schools
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/07/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/07Rautistic.html?ex=1349409600&en=91e17a1fc24cbd6f&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


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