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Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
A new data analysis, based on data collected as part of The Broad Prize process, provides insights into which large urban school districts in the United States are doing the best job of educating traditionally disadvantaged groups: African-American, Hispanics, and low-income students. Since 2002, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has awarded The…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, School Effectiveness, African American Students
Dessoff, Alan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Under pressure to keep spending down but also keep pace with rapid technology changes, many districts are future-proofing their schools--trying to get the most out of tech spending by providing solutions they can use now and in the future without major, expensive infrastructure overhauls. In the Folsom Cordova (California) Unified School District,…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Strategic Planning
Zaslaw, Jay – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Over the past decade, many schools have adopted zero-tolerance policies to curtail negative student behavior. Such policies persist although "there is as yet little evidence that the strategies typically associated with zero tolerance contribute to improved student behavior or overall school safety." Suspension and expulsion result in…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, School Safety, Juvenile Justice, Zero Tolerance Policy
Beem, Kate – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
As Internet technology encroached on the public school classroom about a decade ago, Kim Ross, superintendent of the Houston (MN) School District saw an opportunity. The entrepreneurial spirit overtook Ross and his team, and out of that was born the Minnesota Virtual Academy and the Minnesota Center of Online Learning, or MCoOL--two virtual…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Teacher Qualifications
Hawkins, Beth – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2009
Twenty years ago, when the late Albert Shanker endorsed the notion of innovative schools operating outside conventional district bureaucracies, his aim was to put teachers at the helm. Today there are nearly 80 teacher-governed charter schools around the country. Although most are legally constituted as worker cooperatives, they better resemble…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Cooperatives, Principals, Teacher Collaboration
Stover, Del – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2005
Because some students need to drop some extracurricular activities in order to enroll in a PE class, public schools have developed PE courses that can be fitted into students' tight schedules. These programs are popular because of convenience. Not only can workouts be scheduled as desired, but students can sweat it out almost anywhere: the local…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Physical Education, Public Schools, Physical Fitness