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State and district leaders struggle to rebuild and repair New Orleans schools * Fewer students transfer schools under NCLB * Court-Ordered Spending Mandates Raise Taxes, But Don't Help Education in the Long Term

Federal/NCLB

Fewer students transfer schools under NCLB, and the low transfer rate fuels debate over the future of school choice
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/26/AR2007092602368.html?nav=rss_education

School Funding Litigation/Policy

CT legislators defy Gov. Rell’s demand that they reduce a $3.2 billion bond package to a few hundred million dollars for school construction projects
http://www.courant.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-rellbonds0927.artsep27,0,6780422.story

Money for Nothing – “If any state has taken to heart the claim that more money is the key to improving public education for low-income students, it's Connecticut
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119085526233340818.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Conservative Heartland Institute reports: “Court-Ordered Spending Mandates Raise Taxes, But Don't Help Education in the Long Term”
http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22027

State Roundup
GA
’s standards fall short of national exam’s
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/092707/met_145277.shtml

State and district leaders struggle to rebuild and repair New Orleans schools
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06nolafacilities.h27.html

ME Education Commissioner says it might be cheaper for some school districts to defy the state's consolidation law, and she recognizes that parts of the law may need to be reworked to coax all districts to comply
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/27/06apmaine_web.h27.html

Following the achievement gap revealed by NAEP test scores, officials say NE’s immigrant students are often instructed by teachers unequipped to effectively teach them
http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2007/09/27/news/nebraska/doc46fb0023b2840198562812.txt


In the News on September 26, 2007

School Integration

Amid Little Rock commemoration, there lingered recognition that the larger goals of school integration have not been met; equality of education has not translated into economic equality
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0926/p02s01-usgn.html

Federal/NCLB

Commentary: “Too Many Remedies” – NCLB reauthorization draft has led to various proposals, but little public attention or interest has been devoted to thinking about the challenges posed by these remedy provisions
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05hess.h27.html

NAEP scores show mixed results for federal education law; Bush says the scores confirm that NCLB is working, but critics say achievement scores rose faster before the law was enacted
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/education/25cnd-score.html?ex=1348372800&en=9383e828425763c2&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Commentary: “Rebuilding America’s Schools” - nearly three-fourths of the nation’s schools were constructed before 1970, and we are overdue for an upgrade
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05eggers.h27.html

International study ranks US education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05report-1.h27.html

Researchers publish a report that shows how scores on NAEP tests might translate to real-life outcomes for students
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05report-2.h27.html

Post sputnik, America stepped up its math and science education; today there is a new “sense of crisis” as the challenges facing the US in the global economy are more complicated
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05sputnik.h27.html

State Roundup

Report card shows gap between white and minority students, especially in CA
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-reportcard26sep26,1,3067924.story?coll=la-headlines-nation&ctrack=6&cset=true

FL test scores are up, but critics say that scores are better at showing the what than explaining the why
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/09/26/State/Florida_students__tes.shtml

MA outscores other states in national assessments, but minority students lag
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/09/26/mass_students_lead_us_on_tests/

NJ students improve on national test, and fourth grade reading assessments show the positive returns of investments made in high-quality early childhood education and early literacy
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-12/119078354354540.xml&coll=1

TX students beat national average in test scores; achievement gaps narrowed in some grades but widened in others
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5165412.html

WI reports the lowest average reading ability for black students and the worst reading achievement gap between black and white students
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=667387

Gov. Schwarzenegger declared that 2008 is the year of CA’s education reform, and hoping to influence the governor’s focus, a coalition of advocacy groups submit survey results of parents and students concerned about the state’s dropout rate
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/399239.html

MD’s State Board of Education is divided about high school graduation exams
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/k12/bal-md.tests26sep26,0,5678830.story

MD students share their thoughts on high school assessments as graduation requirements
http://gazette.net/stories/092607/montnew70406_32357.shtml

NEA pushes for the defeat of voucher programs in UT, and a conservative think tank condemns the effort as a campaign for cultural extinction
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05stjour.h27.html


In the News on September 25, 2007

School Integration

Wake county’s student diversity policy, based on the premise that schools with a diverse population perform better, has been held up as a national model, but the county is now relaxing its policy because schools find it increasingly hard to meet the program’s goals
http://www.newsobserver.com/237/story/715170.html

Federal/NCLB

Survey: School superintendents claim that NCLB has had a negative impact on education and their own performance
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/24/05aasa_web.h27.html

Despite the rhetoric of NCLB, students from working families seem to be on their own
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05carnevale.h27.html

Educators struggle to find the right balance between core academics and attention to culture to improve the performance of Native American students
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05indian.h27.html

A view of America’s stance in “the race for space” and science teaching
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/science/space/25educ.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=e90b07b76120314f&ex=1348372800&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

The role of school boards gains new attention as changes take place at the national, state, and local levels
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05schoolboards.h27.html

Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress rise across the United States, and in some instances results show a narrowing of the achievement gap
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/25/05naep_web.h27.html

National report card shows that America’s children are scoring higher than ever in math and reading, and some believe these improvements might boost claims that NCLB is succeeding in raising student achievement
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=242859

State Roundup

Test scores show that achievement is surging in Oregon's middle schools, but high school performance remains stagnant; according to one superintendent, high schools must struggle to “translate the increased funding they got from the Legislature this fall into improved results, and fast”
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1190688914311430.xml&coll=7&thispage=1

NH school officials urge lawmakers to seek help from them or from national experts when determining the cost of the state's share of public education
http://www.theunionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Lawmakers+urged+to+ask+experts+on+school+costs&articleId=2b0e81b8-4d00-4627-b56a-c4d63776f89c

Advocacy group condemns FL for being the only state this year to cut its overall pre-kindergarten budget, even though it increased per-student spending
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_PREKINDERGARTEN_FLOL-?SITE=FLPET&SECTION=HOME

NV asks for more funds for the schooling of the state's growing Hispanic population because the census data the state department used to calculate funding for English language learner programs was inaccurate
http://www.lvrj.com/news/9975481.html

TX school districts learn that they will have to come up with their own funds if they want to participate in a new, statewide teacher merit program in the 2008-09 school year
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-meritpay_25tex.ART.State.Edition1.42414cf.html

In the News on September 24, 2007

School Integration

50 years after Little Rock Integration, a faculty member says "this country has demonstrated over time that it is not prepared to operate as an integrated society"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/23/AR2007092300421.html

AR Gov. meets with “the Little Rock Ninewho required Army escorting in '57. One girl says “segregation still exists in divided schools that offer a ‘substandard, many-tiered education” but another remains hopeful in saying “Change is possible. People's spirits change. People's attitudes change”
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-arlr9_24tex.ART.State.Edition1.41eda43.html

Federal/NCLB

NCLB’s proficiency goal appears to be open for negotiation as House and Senate leaders consider plans to reauthorize the law
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05nclb.h27.html

Kozol speaks of his NCLB protest and says: "I'm too old to bite my tongue…I don't care what happens to me now. I intend to keep on fighting this issue to my dying day"
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2007/09/21/reading_writing_and_rebellion/?rss_id=Boston.com+%2F+News+%2F+Education

Other News

Public schools in several districts with large numbers of Hispanic students in AZ, CA, and TX see a drop in enrollment, and some experts attribute it to rising fears among illegal immigrants
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0924/p02s01-ussc.html?page=3

US Supreme Court will hear case on tuition reimbursement for special education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05scotus.h27.html 

School Funding Litigation/Policy

CT Gov. plans to veto the legislature’s $4.6 billion bond package for projects like school construction and transportation improvements
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/22/nyregion/22rell.html?_r=1&oref=login

The Bush administration plans to stop reimbursing states for transporting disabled students, and districts scramble to figure out how to pay the bill because federal law requires schools to provide special services for these students
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/392837.html

State Roundup

CA districts continue to build schools near freeways despite a state law and evidence of health hazards
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-freeways24sep24,0,7701117.story?coll=la-home-local

CT parents are concerned about a proposal to make changes to special education; one of the most contentious changes is lifting the restrictions on class size
http://www.projo.com/news/content/special_ed_proposed_changes_09-24-07_OJ7735M.34b6558.html

Hurdles and high school dropout rates are high for NV students that face many socioeconomic and educational obstacles before they even venture out into the world
http://www.lvrj.com/news/9945261.html

OH has the fifth-most national board-certified teachers in the nation, but they are typically not working with the neediest children
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2007/09/24/bdcert.ART_ART_09-24-07_A1_HK7VOHO.html?sid=101

PA reports impressive achievement, but the state's accountability system has become a maze of numbers, obscuring below-target achievement and permitting some schools with low or declining performance to get the AYP seal of approval
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07267/820095-298.stm

OH's attorney general ruled that school districts can't charge parents for all-day kindergarten, but some fear that without further legislative action many districts will have to look elsewhere for funding or stop offering the programs
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2007/09/24/z-apoh_kinderg_0924.ART_ART_09-24-07_B5_6P80BRH.html?sid=101

Published Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007

In the News on September 27, 2007

Federal/NCLB

Fewer students transfer schools under NCLB, and the low transfer rate fuels debate over the future of school choice
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/26/AR2007092602368.html?nav=rss_education

School Funding Litigation/Policy

CT legislators defy Gov. Rell’s demand that they reduce a $3.2 billion bond package to a few hundred million dollars for school construction projects
http://www.courant.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-rellbonds0927.artsep27,0,6780422.story

Money for Nothing – “If any state has taken to heart the claim that more money is the key to improving public education for low-income students, it's Connecticut
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119085526233340818.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Conservative Heartland Institute reports: “Court-Ordered Spending Mandates Raise Taxes, But Don't Help Education in the Long Term”
http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22027

State Roundup
GA
’s standards fall short of national exam’s
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/092707/met_145277.shtml

State and district leaders struggle to rebuild and repair New Orleans schools
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/03/06nolafacilities.h27.html

ME Education Commissioner says it might be cheaper for some school districts to defy the state's consolidation law, and she recognizes that parts of the law may need to be reworked to coax all districts to comply
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/27/06apmaine_web.h27.html

Following the achievement gap revealed by NAEP test scores, officials say NE’s immigrant students are often instructed by teachers unequipped to effectively teach them
http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2007/09/27/news/nebraska/doc46fb0023b2840198562812.txt


In the News on September 26, 2007

School Integration

Amid Little Rock commemoration, there lingered recognition that the larger goals of school integration have not been met; equality of education has not translated into economic equality
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0926/p02s01-usgn.html

Federal/NCLB

Commentary: “Too Many Remedies” – NCLB reauthorization draft has led to various proposals, but little public attention or interest has been devoted to thinking about the challenges posed by these remedy provisions
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05hess.h27.html

NAEP scores show mixed results for federal education law; Bush says the scores confirm that NCLB is working, but critics say achievement scores rose faster before the law was enacted
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/education/25cnd-score.html?ex=1348372800&en=9383e828425763c2&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Commentary: “Rebuilding America’s Schools” - nearly three-fourths of the nation’s schools were constructed before 1970, and we are overdue for an upgrade
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05eggers.h27.html

International study ranks US education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05report-1.h27.html

Researchers publish a report that shows how scores on NAEP tests might translate to real-life outcomes for students
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05report-2.h27.html

Post sputnik, America stepped up its math and science education; today there is a new “sense of crisis” as the challenges facing the US in the global economy are more complicated
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05sputnik.h27.html

State Roundup

Report card shows gap between white and minority students, especially in CA
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-reportcard26sep26,1,3067924.story?coll=la-headlines-nation&ctrack=6&cset=true

FL test scores are up, but critics say that scores are better at showing the what than explaining the why
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/09/26/State/Florida_students__tes.shtml

MA outscores other states in national assessments, but minority students lag
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/09/26/mass_students_lead_us_on_tests/

NJ students improve on national test, and fourth grade reading assessments show the positive returns of investments made in high-quality early childhood education and early literacy
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-12/119078354354540.xml&coll=1

TX students beat national average in test scores; achievement gaps narrowed in some grades but widened in others
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5165412.html

WI reports the lowest average reading ability for black students and the worst reading achievement gap between black and white students
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=667387

Gov. Schwarzenegger declared that 2008 is the year of CA’s education reform, and hoping to influence the governor’s focus, a coalition of advocacy groups submit survey results of parents and students concerned about the state’s dropout rate
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/399239.html

MD’s State Board of Education is divided about high school graduation exams
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/k12/bal-md.tests26sep26,0,5678830.story

MD students share their thoughts on high school assessments as graduation requirements
http://gazette.net/stories/092607/montnew70406_32357.shtml

NEA pushes for the defeat of voucher programs in UT, and a conservative think tank condemns the effort as a campaign for cultural extinction
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05stjour.h27.html


In the News on September 25, 2007

School Integration

Wake county’s student diversity policy, based on the premise that schools with a diverse population perform better, has been held up as a national model, but the county is now relaxing its policy because schools find it increasingly hard to meet the program’s goals
http://www.newsobserver.com/237/story/715170.html

Federal/NCLB

Survey: School superintendents claim that NCLB has had a negative impact on education and their own performance
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/24/05aasa_web.h27.html

Despite the rhetoric of NCLB, students from working families seem to be on their own
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05carnevale.h27.html

Educators struggle to find the right balance between core academics and attention to culture to improve the performance of Native American students
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05indian.h27.html

A view of America’s stance in “the race for space” and science teaching
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/science/space/25educ.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=e90b07b76120314f&ex=1348372800&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

The role of school boards gains new attention as changes take place at the national, state, and local levels
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05schoolboards.h27.html

Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress rise across the United States, and in some instances results show a narrowing of the achievement gap
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/25/05naep_web.h27.html

National report card shows that America’s children are scoring higher than ever in math and reading, and some believe these improvements might boost claims that NCLB is succeeding in raising student achievement
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=242859

State Roundup

Test scores show that achievement is surging in Oregon's middle schools, but high school performance remains stagnant; according to one superintendent, high schools must struggle to “translate the increased funding they got from the Legislature this fall into improved results, and fast”
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1190688914311430.xml&coll=7&thispage=1

NH school officials urge lawmakers to seek help from them or from national experts when determining the cost of the state's share of public education
http://www.theunionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Lawmakers+urged+to+ask+experts+on+school+costs&articleId=2b0e81b8-4d00-4627-b56a-c4d63776f89c

Advocacy group condemns FL for being the only state this year to cut its overall pre-kindergarten budget, even though it increased per-student spending
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_PREKINDERGARTEN_FLOL-?SITE=FLPET&SECTION=HOME

NV asks for more funds for the schooling of the state's growing Hispanic population because the census data the state department used to calculate funding for English language learner programs was inaccurate
http://www.lvrj.com/news/9975481.html

TX school districts learn that they will have to come up with their own funds if they want to participate in a new, statewide teacher merit program in the 2008-09 school year
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-meritpay_25tex.ART.State.Edition1.42414cf.html

In the News on September 24, 2007

School Integration

50 years after Little Rock Integration, a faculty member says "this country has demonstrated over time that it is not prepared to operate as an integrated society"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/23/AR2007092300421.html

AR Gov. meets with “the Little Rock Ninewho required Army escorting in '57. One girl says “segregation still exists in divided schools that offer a ‘substandard, many-tiered education” but another remains hopeful in saying “Change is possible. People's spirits change. People's attitudes change”
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-arlr9_24tex.ART.State.Edition1.41eda43.html

Federal/NCLB

NCLB’s proficiency goal appears to be open for negotiation as House and Senate leaders consider plans to reauthorize the law
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05nclb.h27.html

Kozol speaks of his NCLB protest and says: "I'm too old to bite my tongue…I don't care what happens to me now. I intend to keep on fighting this issue to my dying day"
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2007/09/21/reading_writing_and_rebellion/?rss_id=Boston.com+%2F+News+%2F+Education

Other News

Public schools in several districts with large numbers of Hispanic students in AZ, CA, and TX see a drop in enrollment, and some experts attribute it to rising fears among illegal immigrants
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0924/p02s01-ussc.html?page=3

US Supreme Court will hear case on tuition reimbursement for special education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05scotus.h27.html 

School Funding Litigation/Policy

CT Gov. plans to veto the legislature’s $4.6 billion bond package for projects like school construction and transportation improvements
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/22/nyregion/22rell.html?_r=1&oref=login

The Bush administration plans to stop reimbursing states for transporting disabled students, and districts scramble to figure out how to pay the bill because federal law requires schools to provide special services for these students
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/392837.html

State Roundup

CA districts continue to build schools near freeways despite a state law and evidence of health hazards
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-freeways24sep24,0,7701117.story?coll=la-home-local

CT parents are concerned about a proposal to make changes to special education; one of the most contentious changes is lifting the restrictions on class size
http://www.projo.com/news/content/special_ed_proposed_changes_09-24-07_OJ7735M.34b6558.html

Hurdles and high school dropout rates are high for NV students that face many socioeconomic and educational obstacles before they even venture out into the world
http://www.lvrj.com/news/9945261.html

OH has the fifth-most national board-certified teachers in the nation, but they are typically not working with the neediest children
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2007/09/24/bdcert.ART_ART_09-24-07_A1_HK7VOHO.html?sid=101

PA reports impressive achievement, but the state's accountability system has become a maze of numbers, obscuring below-target achievement and permitting some schools with low or declining performance to get the AYP seal of approval
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07267/820095-298.stm

OH's attorney general ruled that school districts can't charge parents for all-day kindergarten, but some fear that without further legislative action many districts will have to look elsewhere for funding or stop offering the programs
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2007/09/24/z-apoh_kinderg_0924.ART_ART_09-24-07_B5_6P80BRH.html?sid=101

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