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Does the Teach for America really improve schools? * Indiana pilot federal tutoring program for low-income students * New Jersey judge dismisses voucher lawsuit * North Carolina making changes to its nationally-recognized racial diversity model

School Integration

Wake County, a national model for ensuring diversity in public schools without using race and ethnicity, is expected to vote to raise the cap on the number of poor children who can be enrolled in any one school
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07wake.h27.html

Other News

Does the Teach for America really improve schools?
http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9905714

States turn to seniors for help in classroom
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=246189

School Funding Litigation/Policy

MD Gov. O’Malley proposes cutting increases to education aid by $207 million in fiscal 2009
http://gazette.net/stories/100507/polinew53917_32357.shtml

State Roundup

IN participates in a federal pilot program that allows schools to provide earlier access to free tutoring for low-income students
http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/JG/20071005/NEWS07/710050322

ME Gov. issues recommendations to tackle cost-sharing barriers to school consolidation
http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/news/local/4344989.html

NE Department of Education is at odds with lawmakers over statewide testing and accountability systems
http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10149915

NJ judge dismisses a lawsuit that seeks education vouchers for families whose children attend low-performing schools
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/05/07apnj_web.h27.html

UT Gov. signs the nation's most comprehensive voucher program into law
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7091463


In the News on October 4, 2007

School Integration

Hartford Superintendent of Schools disappoints desegregation advocates by saying “there is no research to suggest that minority students will do better by sitting next to a white student”
http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-ctfiefdoms1004.artoct04,0,2450328.story

National/NCLB

Letter to the Editor – “Adequacy’ Movement is Alive and Thriving” in response to Lindseth’s “A Reversal of Fortunes: Why the Courts Have Cooled to Adequacy Lawsuits”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05letter-4.h27.html

Letter to the Editor – “Adequacy Litigation: Alive and Well” in response to Lindseth’s “A Reversal of Fortunes: Why the Courts Have Cooled to Adequacy Lawsuits”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06letter-5.h27.html

Study shows that NCLB’s core mission is undermined by wide variations in how states define a passing score
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/03/AR2007100302481.html?nav=rss_education

Study finds that the math tests students take under NCLB are harder to pass than the reading tests
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/04/07apfordham_web.html

Fordham Report, "The Proficiency Illusion," reveals that the tests that states use to measure academic progress under the NCLB Act are creating a false impression of success, especially in reading and especially in the early grades
http://edexcellence.net/institute/publication/publication.cfm?id=376

“Why Johnny Can’t Read, Write, Multiply or Divide” – State education officials react to complaints that tests are too hard
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/15/weekinreview/15ZERN.html?ex=1191556800&en=04e207fbc678c8d6&ei=5070

Letter to the Editor – “Shortchanging Kids:” Urging Stamford to demand nothing less than excellence for its children
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/opinion/letters/scn-sa-lettertotheeditor2oct02,0,5242256.story

School Funding Litigation/Policy

KY Board of Education calls for tougher state policies to keep the cost of new schools from spiraling out of control after auditors present a report detailing how the cost of the new Harlan County High School has doubled
http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/193481.html

State Roundup

Hartford Superintendent of Schools says “major systemic changes will be needed to give inner city students a shot at a good education in CT”
http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18882104&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=31007&rfi=6

Think tank labels DE testing standards “subpar” and finds that federal rules lead to low expectations
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071004/NEWS03/710040369/1006/NEWS

MCAS scores show an "unprecedented" leap in MA student performance
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1035973

Study finds SC’s standardized tests among the nation's most difficult, and education officials say these findings confirm that it is “impossible to compare the quality of education between states by test scores alone”
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/100407/met_146151.shtml


In the News on October 3, 2007

School Integration

MD school districts see a demographic swing in Charles County, but Board of Education Chairman assures that “just because it's gone majority-minority doesn't mean that the quality of the education has dropped"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/02/AR2007100200975.html?nav=rss_education

Federal/NCLB

Opinion: “Get Congress Out of the Classroom” – the NCLB Act is fundamentally flawed
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/opinion/03ravitch.html?_r=1&oref=login

A new organization is launched to promote an extended school day and school year as a means of ensuring that all children receive a rigorous and well-rounded education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/07time_web.h27.html

State Roundup

CT cities and towns consider suing the state because millions of dollars for local school construction projects are tied up in a political impasse at the Capitol
http://www.courant.com/news/local/statewire/hc-03080101.apds.m0558.bc-ct--statoct03,0,7421513.story

Class-action lawsuit accuses HI for failing to help homeless children get to and from public schools and urges court intervention
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071003/NEWS07/710030390/1012/NEWS07

Officials have blamed FL’s low test performance on schools, teachers and students, but critics say the problem is the test itself
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/orl-mfcat0307oct03,0,4124227.story

KY’s test scores expose learning gaps among black, low-income and learning-disabled students
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071003/NEWS0105/710030982/1008/NEWS01

MI implements tougher high school requirements, but the president of the state Education Association says “it's a financial liability for school districts” because "everything the state mandates, it doesn't fund"
http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071003/News01/710030404/1052/News01

Advocates for children in poor urban schools ask NJ Supreme Court to force school construction
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/104-10022007-1417174.html

With the other two branches of government not yet moving, the NJ Supreme Court has again been asked to revive the state’s troubled school construction program
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-8/119138805011320.xml&coll=1

Critics accuse top Education Department officials of siding with NY schools over parents in special education rulings and for favoritism in decisions
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=626902&category=STATE&newsdate=10/3/2007&TextPage=1

About maximizing classroom time and school activities and how OK stacks up
http://newsok.com/article/3139479/1191386763

Experts consider mandatory testing and conclude that one of the biggest problems facing TX teachers and students is trying to juggle two accountability standards
http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/255186.html


In the News on October 2, 2007

Federal/NCLB

In what pre-K supporters call a “trickle-up” effect, three federal plans have been offered for tying preschool education to NCLB
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06early.h27.html

Other News

Editorial – Our Schools Must do Better: “What’s needed is a wholesale transformation of the public school system”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/02/opinion/02herbert.html?ex=1349064000&en=f0b9423c91a58d8d&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Commentary – Government of the People: Make “citizenship as important a priority as standardized-test scores”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06roberts.h27.html

Congress will likely slash teacher-ed grants under pending bills
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06teach.h27.html

Supreme Court hears disputes on private school payments: Appeals lawyer argues “taxpayers shouldn't be asked to pick up the cost of private schooling for special education children who don't first give public schools a chance”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/01/AR2007100100770.html?nav=rss_education

Campaign chairman, Roy Romer, discusses Ed in ’08’s goals and focus
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/lv-other/2007/oct/01/566634547.html

States increase Pre-K spending
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06report-1.h27.html

Growing numbers of elementary schools are practicing “intruder drills,” but some worry that the exercises might actually heighten children’s fears for their safety  
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06report-4.h27.html

Commentary – Drawing parallels between charter and alternative high schools
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06fruchter.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

AL’s Education Trust Fund’s tax collections grew by a much lower rate than the in the previous two years; the slower growth means "the state may have to dip into reserves" to meet budgeted spending
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1191313572257540.xml&coll=2&thispage=1

State student leaders urge Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would allow undocumented students who grew up in the state to apply for grants and community-college tuition waivers
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/409653.html

Study says that students retained for a year under FL’s test-based promotion policy slightly outperformed students with similar test scores who were promoted to the next grade in previous years
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06report-2.h27.html

Panel says that HI needs better controls to fight bullying on high school campuses
http://starbulletin.com/2007/09/30/news/story02.html

Study shows that IL taxpayers are getting a great return on their investment in community colleges, one of the largest economic engines in the state
http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2007/10/02/top/21694043.txt

Audit suggests that LA might have received $6 million more in federal hurricane aid than it was entitled to during Katrina because it did not have “adequate systems of internal control” to provide accurate counts of students displaced by the storms
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06brief-8.h27.html

Increased violence in MA middle schools raises concern, and district attorney says it’s “troubling and surprising that violence is impacting younger and younger people”
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/10/02/spike_in_violence_in_middle_schools_raises_concerns/?page=1

More MN and ND families take advantage of “ open enrollment laws” that allow students to attend school outside their districts, and districts with declining enrollment lose funding alongside their students
http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=52224&section=news&forumcomm_check_return&freebie_check&CFID=56778832&CFTOKEN=29733424&jsessionid=8830a27105417f78613b

NJ experiments with a biology "performance assessment" to test students in practical ways, by using a model requiring proof of knowledge through performance of tasks or experiments on paper
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-8/119131650533180.xml&coll=1

New state law increased the age students are legally allowed to drop out of high school in NV from 17 to 18, and critics say the new law might result in higher drop out rates
http://www.lvrj.com/news/10151031.html

 

In the News on October 1, 2007

Federal/NCLB

As lawmakers continue backroom negotiations over the future of NCLB, President Bush urges them to move the bill along
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06nclb.h27.html

“NAEP Gains: Experts Mull Significance” - Some experts hesitate from directly linking NAEP results to NCLB by arguing that it’s not a matter of cause and effect
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06naep.h27.html

Commentary: Spending Our Research Dollars on the ‘Big Questions’
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/01/06urwitz_web.h27.html

Opinion: “Preserve education reform law”
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/01/EDNISGI4O.DTL

Other News

When should taxes pay for private tuition?
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB119119804628944307-lMyQjAxMDE3OTAxMTEwOTE4Wj.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

Business group, and some teachers, oppose initiative to provide more money for CA community colleges
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/406690.html

GA’s Department of Education is scheduled to approve a new classroom spending rule in December, but it wants feedback from the public about consequences and waiver options
http://www.macon.com/198/story/149041.html

IL State Board of Education says it will withhold $617 million in general state aid until lawmakers resolve the “budget battle” and determine public school funding
http://www.rrstar.com/news/x428370826

State Roundup

“Schools at a Crossroad:” CA confronts hard lessons as public education faces crisis and student enrollment declines
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/05/28/MNG4GJ3R251.DTL

DE school administrators say there are countless influences to explain why students at certain schools always tend to score better than at others
http://www.newszap.com/articles/2007/10/01/dm/central_delaware/dsn03.txt

GA sees fewer high school dropouts this year, but officials have their eyes set on higher improvement and work to restore a $1 billion lag in K-12 funding to put the necessary resources behind helping students graduate
http://www.savannahnow.com/node/366785

NCLB falls short for many in KY, and some experts say goals for students with special needs are unrealistic
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071001/NEWS01/710010400/1008/NEWS01

Department of Education cites MO in a harsh monitoring report for circumventing the law in a series of actions that effectively slowed down the clock for NCLB sanctions during the first four years of the law’s implementation
http://www.thompson.com/public/newsbrief.jsp?cat=EDUCATION&id=1648

Opinion: NJ makes huge strides in closing the racial gap in school performance, national tests show
http://www.nj.com/columns/ledger/moran/index.ssf?/base/columns-0/119095548145080.xml&coll=1

Superior Court reviews RI’s Education Commissioner’s ruling on special-ed class sizes
http://www.projo.com/news/content/pschool_29_09-29-07_OA7AGGF.314b46d.html

Report says that high school dropouts will cost SC $5 billion in lost tax revenue and increased Medicaid and incarceration costs over 50 years
http://www.beaufortgazette.com/local_news/story/6683074p-5957334c.html

Union officials criticize a TN teacher pay incentive law aimed at attracting educators to tough-to-fill subjects and schools and rewarding top performers
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070929/NEWS04/709290375/1018

VA revises special education regulations, and decides that schools could stop delivering a child's special education services without a parent's approval
http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=133588&ran=129544


 

Published Monday, Oct. 8, 2007

In the News the Week of October 1-5, 2007

School Integration

Wake County, a national model for ensuring diversity in public schools without using race and ethnicity, is expected to vote to raise the cap on the number of poor children who can be enrolled in any one school
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07wake.h27.html

Other News

Does the Teach for America really improve schools?
http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9905714

States turn to seniors for help in classroom
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=246189

School Funding Litigation/Policy

MD Gov. O’Malley proposes cutting increases to education aid by $207 million in fiscal 2009
http://gazette.net/stories/100507/polinew53917_32357.shtml

State Roundup

IN participates in a federal pilot program that allows schools to provide earlier access to free tutoring for low-income students
http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/JG/20071005/NEWS07/710050322

ME Gov. issues recommendations to tackle cost-sharing barriers to school consolidation
http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/news/local/4344989.html

NE Department of Education is at odds with lawmakers over statewide testing and accountability systems
http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10149915

NJ judge dismisses a lawsuit that seeks education vouchers for families whose children attend low-performing schools
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/05/07apnj_web.h27.html

UT Gov. signs the nation's most comprehensive voucher program into law
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7091463


In the News on October 4, 2007

School Integration

Hartford Superintendent of Schools disappoints desegregation advocates by saying “there is no research to suggest that minority students will do better by sitting next to a white student”
http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-ctfiefdoms1004.artoct04,0,2450328.story

National/NCLB

Letter to the Editor – “Adequacy’ Movement is Alive and Thriving” in response to Lindseth’s “A Reversal of Fortunes: Why the Courts Have Cooled to Adequacy Lawsuits”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05letter-4.h27.html

Letter to the Editor – “Adequacy Litigation: Alive and Well” in response to Lindseth’s “A Reversal of Fortunes: Why the Courts Have Cooled to Adequacy Lawsuits”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06letter-5.h27.html

Study shows that NCLB’s core mission is undermined by wide variations in how states define a passing score
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/03/AR2007100302481.html?nav=rss_education

Study finds that the math tests students take under NCLB are harder to pass than the reading tests
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/04/07apfordham_web.html

Fordham Report, "The Proficiency Illusion," reveals that the tests that states use to measure academic progress under the NCLB Act are creating a false impression of success, especially in reading and especially in the early grades
http://edexcellence.net/institute/publication/publication.cfm?id=376

“Why Johnny Can’t Read, Write, Multiply or Divide” – State education officials react to complaints that tests are too hard
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/15/weekinreview/15ZERN.html?ex=1191556800&en=04e207fbc678c8d6&ei=5070

Letter to the Editor – “Shortchanging Kids:” Urging Stamford to demand nothing less than excellence for its children
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/opinion/letters/scn-sa-lettertotheeditor2oct02,0,5242256.story

School Funding Litigation/Policy

KY Board of Education calls for tougher state policies to keep the cost of new schools from spiraling out of control after auditors present a report detailing how the cost of the new Harlan County High School has doubled
http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/193481.html

State Roundup

Hartford Superintendent of Schools says “major systemic changes will be needed to give inner city students a shot at a good education in CT”
http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18882104&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=31007&rfi=6

Think tank labels DE testing standards “subpar” and finds that federal rules lead to low expectations
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071004/NEWS03/710040369/1006/NEWS

MCAS scores show an "unprecedented" leap in MA student performance
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1035973

Study finds SC’s standardized tests among the nation's most difficult, and education officials say these findings confirm that it is “impossible to compare the quality of education between states by test scores alone”
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/100407/met_146151.shtml


In the News on October 3, 2007

School Integration

MD school districts see a demographic swing in Charles County, but Board of Education Chairman assures that “just because it's gone majority-minority doesn't mean that the quality of the education has dropped"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/02/AR2007100200975.html?nav=rss_education

Federal/NCLB

Opinion: “Get Congress Out of the Classroom” – the NCLB Act is fundamentally flawed
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/opinion/03ravitch.html?_r=1&oref=login

A new organization is launched to promote an extended school day and school year as a means of ensuring that all children receive a rigorous and well-rounded education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/07time_web.h27.html

State Roundup

CT cities and towns consider suing the state because millions of dollars for local school construction projects are tied up in a political impasse at the Capitol
http://www.courant.com/news/local/statewire/hc-03080101.apds.m0558.bc-ct--statoct03,0,7421513.story

Class-action lawsuit accuses HI for failing to help homeless children get to and from public schools and urges court intervention
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071003/NEWS07/710030390/1012/NEWS07

Officials have blamed FL’s low test performance on schools, teachers and students, but critics say the problem is the test itself
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/orl-mfcat0307oct03,0,4124227.story

KY’s test scores expose learning gaps among black, low-income and learning-disabled students
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071003/NEWS0105/710030982/1008/NEWS01

MI implements tougher high school requirements, but the president of the state Education Association says “it's a financial liability for school districts” because "everything the state mandates, it doesn't fund"
http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071003/News01/710030404/1052/News01

Advocates for children in poor urban schools ask NJ Supreme Court to force school construction
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/104-10022007-1417174.html

With the other two branches of government not yet moving, the NJ Supreme Court has again been asked to revive the state’s troubled school construction program
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-8/119138805011320.xml&coll=1

Critics accuse top Education Department officials of siding with NY schools over parents in special education rulings and for favoritism in decisions
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=626902&category=STATE&newsdate=10/3/2007&TextPage=1

About maximizing classroom time and school activities and how OK stacks up
http://newsok.com/article/3139479/1191386763

Experts consider mandatory testing and conclude that one of the biggest problems facing TX teachers and students is trying to juggle two accountability standards
http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/255186.html


In the News on October 2, 2007

Federal/NCLB

In what pre-K supporters call a “trickle-up” effect, three federal plans have been offered for tying preschool education to NCLB
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06early.h27.html

Other News

Editorial – Our Schools Must do Better: “What’s needed is a wholesale transformation of the public school system”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/02/opinion/02herbert.html?ex=1349064000&en=f0b9423c91a58d8d&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Commentary – Government of the People: Make “citizenship as important a priority as standardized-test scores”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06roberts.h27.html

Congress will likely slash teacher-ed grants under pending bills
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06teach.h27.html

Supreme Court hears disputes on private school payments: Appeals lawyer argues “taxpayers shouldn't be asked to pick up the cost of private schooling for special education children who don't first give public schools a chance”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/01/AR2007100100770.html?nav=rss_education

Campaign chairman, Roy Romer, discusses Ed in ’08’s goals and focus
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/lv-other/2007/oct/01/566634547.html

States increase Pre-K spending
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06report-1.h27.html

Growing numbers of elementary schools are practicing “intruder drills,” but some worry that the exercises might actually heighten children’s fears for their safety  
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06report-4.h27.html

Commentary – Drawing parallels between charter and alternative high schools
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06fruchter.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

AL’s Education Trust Fund’s tax collections grew by a much lower rate than the in the previous two years; the slower growth means "the state may have to dip into reserves" to meet budgeted spending
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1191313572257540.xml&coll=2&thispage=1

State student leaders urge Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would allow undocumented students who grew up in the state to apply for grants and community-college tuition waivers
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/409653.html

Study says that students retained for a year under FL’s test-based promotion policy slightly outperformed students with similar test scores who were promoted to the next grade in previous years
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06report-2.h27.html

Panel says that HI needs better controls to fight bullying on high school campuses
http://starbulletin.com/2007/09/30/news/story02.html

Study shows that IL taxpayers are getting a great return on their investment in community colleges, one of the largest economic engines in the state
http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2007/10/02/top/21694043.txt

Audit suggests that LA might have received $6 million more in federal hurricane aid than it was entitled to during Katrina because it did not have “adequate systems of internal control” to provide accurate counts of students displaced by the storms
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06brief-8.h27.html

Increased violence in MA middle schools raises concern, and district attorney says it’s “troubling and surprising that violence is impacting younger and younger people”
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/10/02/spike_in_violence_in_middle_schools_raises_concerns/?page=1

More MN and ND families take advantage of “ open enrollment laws” that allow students to attend school outside their districts, and districts with declining enrollment lose funding alongside their students
http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=52224&section=news&forumcomm_check_return&freebie_check&CFID=56778832&CFTOKEN=29733424&jsessionid=8830a27105417f78613b

NJ experiments with a biology "performance assessment" to test students in practical ways, by using a model requiring proof of knowledge through performance of tasks or experiments on paper
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-8/119131650533180.xml&coll=1

New state law increased the age students are legally allowed to drop out of high school in NV from 17 to 18, and critics say the new law might result in higher drop out rates
http://www.lvrj.com/news/10151031.html

 

In the News on October 1, 2007

Federal/NCLB

As lawmakers continue backroom negotiations over the future of NCLB, President Bush urges them to move the bill along
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06nclb.h27.html

“NAEP Gains: Experts Mull Significance” - Some experts hesitate from directly linking NAEP results to NCLB by arguing that it’s not a matter of cause and effect
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06naep.h27.html

Commentary: Spending Our Research Dollars on the ‘Big Questions’
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/01/06urwitz_web.h27.html

Opinion: “Preserve education reform law”
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/01/EDNISGI4O.DTL

Other News

When should taxes pay for private tuition?
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB119119804628944307-lMyQjAxMDE3OTAxMTEwOTE4Wj.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

Business group, and some teachers, oppose initiative to provide more money for CA community colleges
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/406690.html

GA’s Department of Education is scheduled to approve a new classroom spending rule in December, but it wants feedback from the public about consequences and waiver options
http://www.macon.com/198/story/149041.html

IL State Board of Education says it will withhold $617 million in general state aid until lawmakers resolve the “budget battle” and determine public school funding
http://www.rrstar.com/news/x428370826

State Roundup

“Schools at a Crossroad:” CA confronts hard lessons as public education faces crisis and student enrollment declines
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/05/28/MNG4GJ3R251.DTL

DE school administrators say there are countless influences to explain why students at certain schools always tend to score better than at others
http://www.newszap.com/articles/2007/10/01/dm/central_delaware/dsn03.txt

GA sees fewer high school dropouts this year, but officials have their eyes set on higher improvement and work to restore a $1 billion lag in K-12 funding to put the necessary resources behind helping students graduate
http://www.savannahnow.com/node/366785

NCLB falls short for many in KY, and some experts say goals for students with special needs are unrealistic
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071001/NEWS01/710010400/1008/NEWS01

Department of Education cites MO in a harsh monitoring report for circumventing the law in a series of actions that effectively slowed down the clock for NCLB sanctions during the first four years of the law’s implementation
http://www.thompson.com/public/newsbrief.jsp?cat=EDUCATION&id=1648

Opinion: NJ makes huge strides in closing the racial gap in school performance, national tests show
http://www.nj.com/columns/ledger/moran/index.ssf?/base/columns-0/119095548145080.xml&coll=1

Superior Court reviews RI’s Education Commissioner’s ruling on special-ed class sizes
http://www.projo.com/news/content/pschool_29_09-29-07_OA7AGGF.314b46d.html

Report says that high school dropouts will cost SC $5 billion in lost tax revenue and increased Medicaid and incarceration costs over 50 years
http://www.beaufortgazette.com/local_news/story/6683074p-5957334c.html

Union officials criticize a TN teacher pay incentive law aimed at attracting educators to tough-to-fill subjects and schools and rewarding top performers
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070929/NEWS04/709290375/1018

VA revises special education regulations, and decides that schools could stop delivering a child's special education services without a parent's approval
http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=133588&ran=129544


 

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