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Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
School business officials kept a close watch on the financial markets this week--and on district investment portfolios and teacher-retirement funds--as stock prices gyrated and once-sound institutions got government bailouts or crumbled into bankruptcy. While financial observers said it was too soon to predict how Wall Street's upheaval might…
Descriptors: Money Management, School Districts, Retirement Benefits, Teacher Retirement
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
Teachers and parents are frequently warned that students in the United States are lacking the academic skills they need for the 21st century. But a growing contingent of educators, psychologists, and other professionals are voicing worries that today's children are also growing up without the chance to play. Test preparation in kindergarten,…
Descriptors: Play, Leisure Time, Child Development, Child Health
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
A school leadership crisis that has dragged on since last fall is threatening Clayton County public school system to lose its accreditation. Loss of this accreditation could mean future Clayton County graduates would have trouble being accepted to college or would miss out on merit scholarships. Clayton County's members have feuded with each…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Boards of Education, Merit Scholarships, Instructional Leadership
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
The 2008 state legislative season launches this month under a fiscal cloud in a number of states, where ambitious education initiatives--including expanded pre-K programs, college- or career-preparation efforts, and improved teacher pay--may end up being balanced against gloomy revenue projections. A revenue slowdown--foreshadowed last month in…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Legislators, State Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
This article discusses After School Matters, a nonprofit organization that works with dozens of community-based groups across Chicago to connect teenagers with a vast number of opportunities in the arts, sports, technology, and communications. The 13- through 19-year-olds participating in After School Matters programs do not just sign up for…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Adolescents, Urban Areas, Youth Programs
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
When Thomas B. Lockamy became the superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham County school system in Georgia three years ago, he did not set out to go after students who were missing too much school. While his initial focus was the reliability of data being collected at district schools, those concerns soon exposed a pattern of chronic absenteeism…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Poverty, Grades (Scholastic), Federal Legislation
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
The push to give school districts greater operating flexibility--a grassroots rallying cry eclipsed in recent years by the charter school movement--is seeing a resurgence, as states seek to spur innovation that will help raise student achievement. In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue is proposing "performance contracts" that would free…
Descriptors: School Districts, School District Autonomy, State Regulation, State School District Relationship
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
In the end, six months of management reforms and the hiring of an experienced urban superintendent failed to keep the Clayton County, Georgia, school district from becoming the nation's first district in nearly four decades to have its accreditation stripped. Last week's decision by the Atlanta-based Southern Association of Colleges and Schools…
Descriptors: Investigations, State Officials, School Community Relationship, Boards of Education
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
Policymakers from Congress to the state and local levels are sharpening their focus on the educational needs of children in foster care, a population that can exceed 700,000 nationally in the course of a year and which has doubled in the past two decades. In many cases, their strategies coincide with recommendations outlined in a recent report on…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, School Readiness, Homeless People, Preschool Education
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
This article discusses Hawaii's energy conservation efforts. Faced with high electricity costs, the Hawaii Department of Education instituted a pilot program in which schools could earn back half the amount they saved in electricity over the course of a semester. As a result, one school's electricity use decreased by more than 10% for the…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Incentives, Energy Conservation, Energy Management
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2007
With children's early years increasingly recognized as a critical time for learning, more policymakers see a four-year college degree as a necessity for teachers in preschool programs receiving state and federal money. Many state-financed preschool programs require teachers to have four-year degrees. As federal lawmakers debate renewing the Head…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Credentials, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Certification
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2007
At Montessori schools, students are given tasks called "practical life" exercises. In these exercises, students learn to take care of themselves and their environment. Students at the Robert Goddard Montessori School are also familiar with the drill of workbooks, testing sheets, and homework--features that would never be part of a…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Public Schools, Federal Legislation
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2007
This article reports the findings of 22 studies which document "how broken California's system is." The project, called "Getting Down to Facts," was requested during the 2005-2006 school year by the Republican governor's Advisory Committee on Education Excellence, as well as by Democratic leaders, to reassess California's…
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Educational Finance, Academic Achievement, Educational Quality
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2007
Springboard Schools, originally called the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, were founded in 1995 in response to the Annenberg Challenge--a five-year effort to improve nine urban school districts financed by the philanthropist, ambassador, and publisher Walter H. Annenberg. In 2003, the group, headed by Executive Director Merrill Vargo,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Districts, Rural Schools, Change Strategies
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2007
With the growing demand for early childhood teachers, Teach For America (TFA) is helping college graduates become early childhood educators. This article reports how TFA trains college graduates to be prepared for the demands of early childhood classrooms. TFA, which was founded in 1990 by then-college student Wendy Kopp, has prepared 17,000…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Urban Education, Rural Education
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