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Smith, Nelson – Education Next, 2012
School districts held an exclusive franchise on public education services until 1991, when Minnesota passed the first law permitting public charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded, authorized by various agencies designated in public law, but independently managed. They operate outside district control, and most can draw students from…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Districts, School Buildings, School Construction
Muller, Eve – National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities, 2011
Critical to any comprehensive plan for addressing personnel shortages in the field of special education is the gathering of data on supply and demand at the state and local education agency (LEA) levels. Many states now conduct regular supply and demand studies in order to inform decisions regarding the recruitment, preparation and retention of…
Descriptors: Personnel Needs, Teacher Supply and Demand, Disabilities, School Districts
US Department of Education, 2011
This report presents the deliberations of the Midwest Regional Advisory Committee (MW RAC), one of 10 RACs established under the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. sections 9601 et. seq.) to assess the educational needs of the region. The committee's report outlines the educational needs across the seven states of Illinois,…
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Technical Assistance, Educational Needs, Federal Legislation
McMilin, Edward – National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, 2010
According to an American Association of School Administrators survey, 6 percent of school districts closed or consolidated schools during the 2008-2009 school year, double the rate of the previous year. Another 11 percent are considering school closings or consolidations in 2010-2011. In the 1980's, declining enrollments were the main reason for…
Descriptors: School Closing, School Buildings, School Districts, Decision Making
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2009
Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (2002), there has been increased interest in using student achievement data (through standardized tests) to evaluate teacher effectiveness. Two U.S. Department of Education secretaries, Secretary Spellings and Secretary Duncan, have expressed interest in growth models and the need to…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Research, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation
Roellke, Christopher, Ed.; Rice, Jennifer King, Ed. – 2002
This volume focuses on school finance challenges in large urban school districts, fiscal accountability in these schools, and the fiscal dimensions of urban school reform. The 12 papers are (1) "School Finance and Urban Education Reform" (Christopher Roellke and Jennifer King Rice); (2) "Can Whole-School Reform Improve the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Competition, Data Interpretation, Educational Change
Martens, Elise H. – US Office of Education, Federal Security Agency, 1941
Because of the individual authority of each State for its own educational program, practices and policies differ widely among them in many respects. Yet in the midst of differences there are also common elements of development. The U. S. Office of Education, in presenting this series of monographs, has attempted to point out those common elements,…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, School Administration, Residential Institutions