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In the News the Week of May 19, 2008

How to fix the flaw in the "growth models" that measure students' progress toward standards * NJ lawmakers push for $2.5 billion more to replenish the state's school construction program * RI educators attend summit to discuss how to improve math curriculum and instruction

School Funding Litigation/Policy

CT lawmakers say that if the legislature fails to restore $20 million in state funding for early reading programs, over 300 school employees could lose their jobs on July 1
http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-ctbudget0522.artmay22,0,5088958.story

DE keeps pledge to avoid teacher layoffs but cutting money for everything from bus replacement funds to the student testing program
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080522/NEWS02/805220371/1006/NEWS

NJ lawmakers begin pushing for an additional $2.5 billion to replenish the state’s school construction program
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1211431109318780.xml&coll=1

State Roundup

More CA schools are reaching the desirable mark of 800 points on the state's Academic Performance Index
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/22/MN1E10QD12.DTL&feed=rss.education

FL third-graders post higher reading scores this year on FCAT exam that determines whether or not students will pass to the fourth grade
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-fcat2208may22,0,4980822.story

GA will throw out the results of social studies tests because only 20 or 30 percent of sixth- and seventh-graders passed
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/052208/news_20080522020.shtml

RI educators attend a daylong mathematics summit to discuss how to improve math curriculum and instruction
http://www.projo.com/news/content/MATH_SUMMIT_05-22-08_OMA7N66_v34.33c0ea6.html

Report commends TN for its pre-K efforts, saying it could become nationally known for its programs
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2008/may/22/annual-child-wellness-report-commends-tennessees-p/

 

In the News on May 21, 2008

CT Attorney General files an appeal in a federal court to block the federal government from imposing un-reimbursed costs for NLCB
http://www.nhregister.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/BigDaily?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_article&r21.pgpath=%2FNHR%2FNews%2FConnecticut&r21.content=%2FNHR%2FNews%2FConnecticut%2FTopStoryList_Story_2050063

According to report, GA is one 23 states that likely will be hard-pressed to make needed improvements under the NCLB deadline
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/052108/news_20080521059.shtml

Commentary – How to fix the flaw in the “growth models” that measure students’ progress toward standards, and help schools, states, and NCLB
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38sokola.h27.html

Southern Regional Education Board calls for states and schools to increase substantially the quality of their career and technical education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38report-1.h27.html

Commentary – Meeting the challenges of NCLB with collaborative teaching
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38wild_ep.h27.html

Commentary – How to improve education on the cheap? School choice
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38warner_web.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

Report says federal, state, and local systems for distributing public funds to schools often systematically favor wealthier schools and students over those with fewer resources
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38report-4.h27.html

AL Senate fails to approve an education budget in the 2008 legislative session
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/05/session_adjorns_without_educat.html

Cuts for CA schools won’t be as deep as the $4.8 billion originally projected for K-12 schools, under a revised plan
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38calif.h27.html

OR Appeals Court sides with state in funding lawsuit
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38brief-9.h27.html

State Roundup

CO moves ahead with ambitious K-12 package
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38colorado.h27.html

Almost one in five third graders in South FL might have to repeat third grade because they failed the reading FCAT exam
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_news/story/541398.html

GA releases dismal scores on state math and social studies tests
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/05/19/georgia_failing_crct_scores.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab



In the News on May 20, 2008

Federal/NCLB

Report finds that 23 states that called for modest gains in the early years of NCLB have “back-loaded”  student trajectories and need to make nearly impossible improvements in student performance to reach proficiency goals
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/19/38cep_web.h27.html

Schools increasingly look at stark consequences for failing to raise math and reading scores
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/20/AR2008052000293.html

New study concludes that the "boys crisis" in schools is a myth and that both sexes have stayed the same or improved on standardized tests in the past decade
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/19/AR2008051902798.html?nav=rss_education

School Funding Litigation/Policy

U.S. District Judge rejects a lawsuit brought by ID public schools against the state Supreme Court, saying the federal court doesn't have the jurisdiction to tell a state court how to run
http://www.idahostatesman.com/531/story/386113.html

State Roundup

HI is identified as a “slow state” with decreased chances of meeting NCLB proficiency goals
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080520/NEWS07/805200336/1012/LOCALNEWSFRONT

Restoring $14 million to improve reading and writing skills is LA’s top public school goal in this year’s budget
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/19089759.html

MN analysis finds racial gap in student suspensions
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/19/102162mntopicschoolsuspensions_ap.html


In the News on May 19, 2008

Federal study says class reductions show signs of success, but the evaluation found “no significant trends” in achievement on state tests or college-entrance exams
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38community.h27.html

NAEP generates more data about charter schools for researchers and advocates to scrutinize
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38charter_ep.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

Even without an amendment, NH lawmakers progress on the court's school funding mandate
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080516/FRONTPAGE/805160364/1043/NEWS01

NH governor might face a new set of challenges in handling school funding in the event of an amendment failure
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080519/FRONTPAGE/805190350/1043/NEWS01

PA school districts worry that proposed formula won’t give local schools their fair share
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20080519_Struggle_over_Pa__s_school_aid_split.html

RI might soon become the first state with no predictable education financing formula
http://www.projo.com/news/content/EDUCATION_FORMULA_05-18-08_PKA5V8R_v23.3052176.html

State Roundup

AZ bill gives schools more time to unify
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0519redistrict0519.html

MS educators are determined to cut the dropout rate while making school more rigorous
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080518/NEWS01/805180314/1001/NEWS

TX moves forward in revisions to the state curriculum for English-language arts and reading
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38texas.h27.html



Published Tuesday, May. 27, 2008

In the News the Week of May 19, 2008


School Funding Litigation/Policy

CT lawmakers say that if the legislature fails to restore $20 million in state funding for early reading programs, over 300 school employees could lose their jobs on July 1
http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-ctbudget0522.artmay22,0,5088958.story

DE keeps pledge to avoid teacher layoffs but cutting money for everything from bus replacement funds to the student testing program
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080522/NEWS02/805220371/1006/NEWS

NJ lawmakers begin pushing for an additional $2.5 billion to replenish the state’s school construction program
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1211431109318780.xml&coll=1

State Roundup

More CA schools are reaching the desirable mark of 800 points on the state's Academic Performance Index
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/22/MN1E10QD12.DTL&feed=rss.education

FL third-graders post higher reading scores this year on FCAT exam that determines whether or not students will pass to the fourth grade
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-fcat2208may22,0,4980822.story

GA will throw out the results of social studies tests because only 20 or 30 percent of sixth- and seventh-graders passed
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/052208/news_20080522020.shtml

RI educators attend a daylong mathematics summit to discuss how to improve math curriculum and instruction
http://www.projo.com/news/content/MATH_SUMMIT_05-22-08_OMA7N66_v34.33c0ea6.html

Report commends TN for its pre-K efforts, saying it could become nationally known for its programs
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2008/may/22/annual-child-wellness-report-commends-tennessees-p/

 

In the News on May 21, 2008

CT Attorney General files an appeal in a federal court to block the federal government from imposing un-reimbursed costs for NLCB
http://www.nhregister.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/BigDaily?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_article&r21.pgpath=%2FNHR%2FNews%2FConnecticut&r21.content=%2FNHR%2FNews%2FConnecticut%2FTopStoryList_Story_2050063

According to report, GA is one 23 states that likely will be hard-pressed to make needed improvements under the NCLB deadline
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/052108/news_20080521059.shtml

Commentary – How to fix the flaw in the “growth models” that measure students’ progress toward standards, and help schools, states, and NCLB
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38sokola.h27.html

Southern Regional Education Board calls for states and schools to increase substantially the quality of their career and technical education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38report-1.h27.html

Commentary – Meeting the challenges of NCLB with collaborative teaching
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38wild_ep.h27.html

Commentary – How to improve education on the cheap? School choice
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38warner_web.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

Report says federal, state, and local systems for distributing public funds to schools often systematically favor wealthier schools and students over those with fewer resources
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38report-4.h27.html

AL Senate fails to approve an education budget in the 2008 legislative session
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/05/session_adjorns_without_educat.html

Cuts for CA schools won’t be as deep as the $4.8 billion originally projected for K-12 schools, under a revised plan
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38calif.h27.html

OR Appeals Court sides with state in funding lawsuit
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38brief-9.h27.html

State Roundup

CO moves ahead with ambitious K-12 package
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38colorado.h27.html

Almost one in five third graders in South FL might have to repeat third grade because they failed the reading FCAT exam
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_news/story/541398.html

GA releases dismal scores on state math and social studies tests
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/05/19/georgia_failing_crct_scores.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab



In the News on May 20, 2008

Federal/NCLB

Report finds that 23 states that called for modest gains in the early years of NCLB have “back-loaded”  student trajectories and need to make nearly impossible improvements in student performance to reach proficiency goals
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/19/38cep_web.h27.html

Schools increasingly look at stark consequences for failing to raise math and reading scores
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/20/AR2008052000293.html

New study concludes that the "boys crisis" in schools is a myth and that both sexes have stayed the same or improved on standardized tests in the past decade
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/19/AR2008051902798.html?nav=rss_education

School Funding Litigation/Policy

U.S. District Judge rejects a lawsuit brought by ID public schools against the state Supreme Court, saying the federal court doesn't have the jurisdiction to tell a state court how to run
http://www.idahostatesman.com/531/story/386113.html

State Roundup

HI is identified as a “slow state” with decreased chances of meeting NCLB proficiency goals
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080520/NEWS07/805200336/1012/LOCALNEWSFRONT

Restoring $14 million to improve reading and writing skills is LA’s top public school goal in this year’s budget
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/19089759.html

MN analysis finds racial gap in student suspensions
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/19/102162mntopicschoolsuspensions_ap.html


In the News on May 19, 2008

Federal study says class reductions show signs of success, but the evaluation found “no significant trends” in achievement on state tests or college-entrance exams
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38community.h27.html

NAEP generates more data about charter schools for researchers and advocates to scrutinize
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38charter_ep.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

Even without an amendment, NH lawmakers progress on the court's school funding mandate
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080516/FRONTPAGE/805160364/1043/NEWS01

NH governor might face a new set of challenges in handling school funding in the event of an amendment failure
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080519/FRONTPAGE/805190350/1043/NEWS01

PA school districts worry that proposed formula won’t give local schools their fair share
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20080519_Struggle_over_Pa__s_school_aid_split.html

RI might soon become the first state with no predictable education financing formula
http://www.projo.com/news/content/EDUCATION_FORMULA_05-18-08_PKA5V8R_v23.3052176.html

State Roundup

AZ bill gives schools more time to unify
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0519redistrict0519.html

MS educators are determined to cut the dropout rate while making school more rigorous
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080518/NEWS01/805180314/1001/NEWS

TX moves forward in revisions to the state curriculum for English-language arts and reading
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/05/21/38texas.h27.html



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