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McNeil, Michele – Education Writers Association, 2013
Every school budget tells a story--about a district's spending plan, its priorities, goals, and financial health. The challenge is to wade through the jargon and numbers to unlock that story. Although budgets can vary significantly from district to district, and state to state, this primer seeks to introduce reporters to the fundamental components…
Descriptors: Budgets, School Districts, Journalism, Income
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
In statehouses and cities across the country, battles are raging over the direction of education policy--from the standards that will shape what students learn to how test results will be used to judge a teacher's performance. Students and teachers, in passive resistance, are refusing to take and give standardized tests. Protesters have marched to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Education, State Standards, Academic Standards
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan works with other Obama administration officials on policy responses to the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, he brings a personal and professional history that has acquainted him with the impact of gun violence. As schools chief in Chicago from 2001 to 2008, he was affected by the gun deaths…
Descriptors: Weapons, Gun Control, Advocacy, Violence
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn; Cavanagh, Sean; McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
As the number of charter schools continues to grow, one facet of their autonomy--the ability to set and enforce independent disciplinary standards--has raised difficult questions about whether those schools are pushing out students who pose behavior or academic challenges and how their policies affect regular public schools. Research on the issue…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Discipline, Discipline Policy
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
Even though 34 states and the District of Columbia have No Child Left Behind Act waivers in hand, many of them are still negotiating with the U.S. Department of Education over their teacher evaluation systems--a crucial component if they want to keep their newfound flexibility. More than six months after waiver recipients turned in their…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
The 16 Race to the Top district winners, pushed by $400 million in federal grants that put a premium on personalized learning, are embarking on vastly different makeovers of the classroom experience--from districtwide approaches to a narrower blueprint focused on middle school math. Despite the divergent approaches, a review of the winning…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Educational Methods
McNeil, Michele; Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
With the debut of common assessments less than two years away, states and districts are worried about the accountability systems that hinge on those tests. A growing chorus of policy groups is urging more flexibility in how states evaluate teachers, label schools, and enforce other high-stakes consequences during what's likely to be a messy…
Descriptors: Educational Testing, High Stakes Tests, Scores, Accountability
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
The 12 winners of the federal Race to the Top competition have experienced near-universal challenges in turning their sweeping, multifaceted proposals into reality, among them a limited state capacity to execute fast, dramatic change and deeply rooted teacher-evaluation systems that have proved hard to transform. Reports unveiled by the U.S.…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Audits (Verification), Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Almost two years into the federal Race to the Top program, states are spending their shares of the $4 billion prize at a snail's pace--a reflection of the challenges the 12 winners face as they try to get ambitious education improvement plans off the ground. Through the end of March, the 11 states and the District of Columbia had spent just 14…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Incentive Grants
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
If Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wins the November election, his ascension could endanger--or dismantle--key Obama administration education initiatives and lead to a slimmed-down and less activist U.S. Department of Education. Scaled back Education Department and cloudy prospects for Obama initiatives are among the scenarios. But…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Political Candidates, Politics of Education
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Given the flexibility to revise their academic goals under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, a vast majority of the states that received federal waivers are setting different expectations for different subgroups of students, an "Education Week" analysis shows. That marks a dramatic shift in policy and philosophy from the original law.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Expectation
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Grant recipients risk losing millions of dollars in Race to the Top money if they fail to live up to their promises, federal education officials make clear. By threatening to revoke Hawaii's $75 million Race to the Top award for failing to make "adequate progress" on key milestones of its education reform plan, U.S. Secretary of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Grants, Federal Aid, Federal Programs
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Amid the cacophony of special interests fighting to be heard in statehouses and on Capitol Hill, a cadre of current and former chief state school officers is elbowing its way into the nation's education debate at a time when states are taking more control of K-12 education. A little more than a year old, Chiefs for Change is an invitation-only…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, State School District Relationship, State Departments of Education, State Officials
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Before awarding waivers from core tenets of the No Child Left Behind Act to 11 states, the U.S. Department of Education ordered changes to address a significant weakness in most states' proposals: how they would hold schools accountable for groups of students deemed academically at risk, particularly those in special education or learning English.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement, Accountability
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
The latest batch of states seeking relief under the No Child Left Behind Act dodge pitfalls that tripped up the first round of applicants. In the latest round of applications for waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, states have learned lessons from their predecessors and dodged pitfalls that triggered some big revisions from first-round…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, School Districts, Competition
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