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Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2014
For all the national and even international debate about the state of American education, public schooling in the U.S. is still a local matter--and the school district remains its hub. As administrators know, there's nothing abstract about the process of getting millions of students into their seats, assuring they receive the instruction they're…
Descriptors: Public Education, School Districts, Governance, Urban Schools
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2013
Opponents of the Common Core State Standards are ramping up legislative pressure and public relations efforts aimed at getting states to scale back--or even abandon--the high-profile initiative, even as implementation proceeds and tests aligned with the standards loom. Critics of the common core have focused recent lobbying and media efforts on…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Testing, National Curriculum, Private Sector
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
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
Even as they struggle to climb out of deep financial holes, states are facing lawsuits that contend they do not meet their constitutions' requirements to provide sufficient funding to districts and fail to provide resources for disadvantaged schools and student populations. This article reports on legal battles in Texas, Colorado, and elsewhere…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance, Court Litigation
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
Quillen, Ian – Education Week, 2012
Of all the recent budget cuts made by the Eagle County, Colorado, school district--the loss of 89 staff jobs through attrition and layoffs, a 1.5 percent across-the-board pay cut, and the introduction of three furlough days--none sparked as much anger or faced the same scrutiny as the decision to cut three foreign-language teaching positions and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, French, German
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
On an Election Day filled with dozens of state races and ballot measures with big implications for the nation's public schools, state teachers' unions and charter school champions had plenty to cheer in the aftermath, even as tax measures that would help pay for schools suffered setbacks in some places. Union efforts were instrumental in…
Descriptors: Elections, Federal Government, State Government, Unions
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
With state and national policymakers eyeing ways to improve teacher preparation, a handful of education programs are becoming more intentional about how such "cooperating" teachers--as they're known in the lingo of teacher preparation--are selected and trained. That interest could grow as programs wrestle with the finer points of how to…
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Rewards, Teacher Competencies, Beginning Teachers
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
The common standards are not just for public schools. With all but four states having adopted them since 2010, districts have little choice but to implement the Common Core State Standards. But many private schools are also making the transition. Many Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and other private schools have adopted at least portions of the…
Descriptors: Private Education, Private Schools, Christianity, Adoption (Ideas)
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2011
Two competing pressures--downsized budgets and rising policy interest--have left the future of performance-based teacher compensation uncertain. A dicey fiscal climate and research that has shown limited impact have led some states and districts to scale back, abandon, or change their fledgling merit-pay programs, causing observers to wonder what…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Merit Pay, Educational Finance, Budgeting
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2010
In an election year dominated by the pitched battle for Congress and major governors' races, state ballot measures involving education are largely tied to a similar theme: the burden of funding K-12 programs when state finances are shaky. In some cases, initiatives, constitutional amendments, and other ballot measures seek to tap new sources of…
Descriptors: Taxes, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance, Fiscal Capacity
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
A handful of districts, some with the approval of their local teachers' unions, are experimenting with alternatives to the fundamental components that govern teachers' base-pay raises. Ranging from a long-standing plan in Eagle County, Colorado, to a contract ratified earlier this year by teachers in the Pittsburgh district, the systems tie raises…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Teacher Effectiveness, Compensation (Remuneration), Personnel Policy
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
With conversations about the best ways to evaluate teacher performance proliferating across the nation, preservice preparation could be the next stop on the teacher-quality continuum to receive a similarly high level of scrutiny. New models for preparing teachers, such as the yearlong apprenticeship or "residency" model, have received…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Evaluation, Teacher Education, Models
McNeil, Michele; Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2010
When 16 finalists come to Washington next week to make their final pitches in the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, most can expect to go home empty-handed. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in announcing the finalists last week, said that no more than $2 billion will be divided among "very few winners" when the awards are…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Awards, Elementary Secondary Education
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2010
In the final sprint to polish Race to the Top applications, hundreds of school districts shunned a shot at a share of $4 billion in grants by refusing to sign on to their states' plans for the federal competition. California officials had secured the signatures of 790 local education agencies (leas) late last week, including most of the state's…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Competition, Unions, School Districts
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