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Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2013
Even as they seek to quantify the impact of across-the-board federal budget cuts on K-12 programs, some of the nation's neediest school districts are bracing for tough choices. The pinch from sequestration--or "the sequester," in Washington shorthand--is expected to be particularly painful for districts that depend on the most on the federal…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan works with other Obama administration officials on policy responses to the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, he brings a personal and professional history that has acquainted him with the impact of gun violence. As schools chief in Chicago from 2001 to 2008, he was affected by the gun deaths…
Descriptors: Weapons, Gun Control, Advocacy, Violence
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
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
New York is ahead of most states in its work to design detailed curricula and professional development for the common core and to build brand-new tests to reflect them. What's unfolding in the Empire State as a result of that work illustrates the way the common standards can pressure changes in the education landscape, and torque the tensions…
Descriptors: Accountability, Stakeholders, Academic Standards, State Policy
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
A patchwork of testing accommodations is used in the nation's public schools to help students with disabilities and those still learning English show their command of academic content, just as their general education peers do. The list of accommodations--providing extra time, allowing the use of dictionaries, and reading test directions aloud, to…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, State Standards, English Language Learners, Accessibility (for Disabled)
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
The 16 Race to the Top district winners, pushed by $400 million in federal grants that put a premium on personalized learning, are embarking on vastly different makeovers of the classroom experience--from districtwide approaches to a narrower blueprint focused on middle school math. Despite the divergent approaches, a review of the winning…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Educational Methods
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
When science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is discussed in the K-12 sphere, it often seems like shorthand for mathematics and science, with perhaps a nod to technology and even less, if any, real attention to engineering. But recent developments signal that the "e" in STEM may be gaining a firmer foothold at…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 8, STEM Education, Engineering Education
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2012
An Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization has crafted a sweeping plan for reworking the 33,000-student Indianapolis school system that would place the district under the control of the city's mayor, pare down the money spent in central administration, and give principals broad authority to hire and fire teachers. The reform plan created by the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Educational Administration, Educational Innovation
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2012
As out-of-school programs--and the expectations for them--grow, the field is struggling to identify the kind of training staff members need to meet those expectations. A variety of efforts have sprung up across the country to define and improve the quality of after-school staff, some of which bear resemblance to the quest to improve the…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Training Methods, Training Objectives, Educational Needs
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
A group of states that is designing tests for the common academic standards has taken a key step to ensure that the assessments reflect students' readiness for college-level work: It gave top higher education officials from member states voting power on test-design questions that are closest to the heart of the college-readiness question. At its…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Advisory Committees, Voting, College Preparation
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
Sparked by the Common Core State Standards, teachers and literacy experts are arguing about the role of a time-honored pillar of English/language arts instruction: classroom activities designed to help students understand what they are about to read. The attacks on--and defenses of--"prereading" are unfolding largely in cyberspace, through online…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Electronic Publishing, Learning Activities, State Standards
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
In nearly 40 years of legislative advocacy, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)--a free-market, limited-government group now drawing intense scrutiny for its support of a controversial self-defense law--has had a significant influence on K-12 education through its model legislation and work with state lawmakers to promote such…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Civil Rights Legislation, Activism
Education Week, 2012
Nearly every state has signed on to use the Common Core State Standards as a framework for teaching English/language arts and mathematics to students. Translating them for the classroom, however, requires schools, teachers, and students to change the way they approach teaching and learning. This report examines the progress some states have made…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, English Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
Education Week, 2012
The world of virtual schooling is experiencing a host of major policy shifts that are opening doors for its expansion, but at the same time holding it up to greater scrutiny. This special report, the first in a three-part 2012-2013 series on virtual education, examines how state policymakers, educators, and schools are rethinking and changing the…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Quality Control, Unions, Electronic Learning
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
The California school that parents want to turn into a charter now has two organizations seeking to make the change. At the end of a process that drew just four applicants, two relatively small California organizations are each making a case that they be allowed to help lead one of the most publicized school turnaround efforts in the nation's…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Turnaround, Program Proposals, Bids
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