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Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama's announcement last week of a wide-ranging anti-violence plan in response to the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings comes as many districts are adopting new and sometimes dramatic measures--including arming teachers and volunteers--intended to prevent similar tragedies in their own schools. School safety experts warn…
Descriptors: United States History, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, Weapons
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2013
As states consider increases to K-12 spending amid better economic conditions, governors on opposite sides of the partisan divide are proposing significantly different plans and arguments for the best ways to use new education aid. Two prime examples: Minnesota and Ohio, a pair of Midwestern states with chief executives intent on pumping more…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, State Aid, Funding Formulas
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2013
Supporters of the Common Core State Standards are moving to confront increasingly high-profile opposition to the standards at the state and national levels by rallying the private sector and initiating coordinated public relations and advertising campaigns as schools continue implementation. In states such as Michigan and Tennessee, where…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Public Relations, Advertising
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
Well before the Next Generation Science Standards became final last month, teachers in pockets around the country were already exploring the vision for science education espoused by the document and bringing elements of that approach to the classroom. The new standards call for bringing greater depth to K-12 students' understanding of the subject…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2013
Districts across the country, including some of the nation's largest, are facing a spate of superintendent vacancies. Schools chiefs or interim superintendents will be leaving this year or next in at least 17 well-known districts, including Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Clark County, Nevada; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Wake County,…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Superintendents
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2012
The 2012 presidential election and many state and local races are only a few weeks away, but schools are not doing much to promote student interest in the elections or provide civic education more broadly, new research suggests. A report last week from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), at Tufts…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, State Standards, Standardized Tests, Civics
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
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Creating private school vouchers for special education students--programs that are largely unchallenged in court, unlike other publicly financed tuition vouchers--can be the perfect way to clear a path for other students to get school options, according to school choice proponents. At least seven states--Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio,…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Private Schools, Disabilities, Special Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
Whether they're organizing events, buttonholing legislators, or simply trading ideas and information, a growing number of "parent unions" are attempting to stake out a place in policy debates over education in states and districts, amid a crowded field of actors and advocates. As the term implies, some of these organizations see…
Descriptors: State Legislation, School Choice, Unions, Educational Change
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
Voters in Ohio sent an unequivocal message to the state's Republican governor and lawmakers that they went too far in reining in collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees. But analysts say the conflict between the GOP and teachers' unions in Ohio and elsewhere is not over. By an overwhelming, 22-percentage-point margin,…
Descriptors: Employees, Collective Bargaining, Unions, Voting
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
The frenetic legislative season now finished or wrapping up in many states has brought big changes to education policy, some forged through bipartisan compromise, others only after hyperpartisan battles. From teacher issues to vouchers, the 2011 state legislative season saw widespread action on education. Republican leaders who swept into office…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Academic Standards, State Legislation, Politics of Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
A pair of Ohio school districts, a short drive down Interstate 70 from each other, share similar goals. Each wants to improve student achievement by strengthening curriculum and instruction and giving teachers and principals the tools to make it happen. But the Huber Heights and Brookville school systems diverge in their approach to meeting those…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Instructional Improvement
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
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
Education programs across 19 states are piloting a performance-based assessment for teacher-candidates that potentially could serve as a common prelicensing measure for new teachers. Based on a test in use in about 30 education schools in California, the Teacher Performance Assessment includes a "teaching event" requiring teachers to…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Tests, Evaluation Methods
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2010
With the conclusion of the second round of the federal Race to the Top competition, states across the country--winners and losers alike--are vowing to move forward with ambitious plans to reshape teacher-evaluation systems, fix struggling schools, revamp antiquated data systems, and make other changes aimed at raising student achievement. Yet…
Descriptors: Competition, Academic Achievement, Teacher Evaluation, Educational Change
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