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In the News on April 14, 2008

Are NCLB provisions the answer to accurate graduation data? * D.C. will offer teachers buyouts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 * MS rating system to gauge school performance could be suspended for a year * ND studies IN's 4-level diploma system

Accuracy in graduation data would be closer to reality if the Department of Education had been more forceful in implementing provisions of NCLB, says report
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/04/16/33grad.h27.html

School Funding Litigation/Policy

CA Democrats and Republicans cite different per-pupil spending figures in budget debate, some reports rank student spending near the bottom among states and others in the middle
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20080413-9999-1n13pupil.html

FL schools face major budget cuts; state House and Senate begin negotiating a budget that could slash education by $298 million next year
http://floridacapitalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080413/CAPITOLNEWS/804130335

State Roundup

D.C. will offer teachers buyouts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 without lowering the retirement age; teachers and unions are unsatisfied
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/10/AR2008041003782.html?nav=rss_education

MS rating system to gauge school performance could be suspended for a year to give schools the chance to adjust to tougher state tests
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080414/NEWS/804140341/1002/NEWS01

ND studies IN’s 4-level diploma system as it examines ways to prepare the next generation of students to compete in the global marketplace
http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?id=197947&section=News

SC schools are recognized for closing the achievement gap by the state’s Education Oversight Committee
http://www.charleston.net/news/2008/apr/12/fewer_lowcountry_schools_close_gap37048/

TX considers changing the school rating system to focus of student testing and introduce new incentives for schools that make gains
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-achievement_14tex.ART.State.Edition2.4600d63.html

Published Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2008