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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
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
The price tag to win a seat in this week's primary election for the Los Angeles school board climbed to unprecedented levels, as a massive influx of outside cash has turned a local campaign into a national showdown pitting the long-standing influence of teachers' unions against the expanding imprint of deep-pocketed education activists. The high…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Governing Boards, Board Candidates, Political Campaigns
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
California is poised to become the first state to unmask the extent to which English-language learners (ELLs) languish in public schools for years without ever reaching fluency. Under a measure that received broad, bipartisan support from the legislature, the state education department would be required to break out and report data annually on…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking, English Language Learners
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
At a time when U.S. political and business leaders are raising concerns about the need to better nurture creativity and innovative thinking among young people, several states are exploring the development of an index that would gauge the extent to which schools provide opportunities to foster those qualities. In Massachusetts, a new state…
Descriptors: Creativity, Measures (Individuals), Public Schools, Testing
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language. The numbers of dual-language-immersion programs have been steadily growing in public schools over the past decade or so, rising to more than 2,000 in 2011-12, according to estimates from national experts. That…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Immersion Programs, Bilingual Education, Politics of Education
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
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
Running one of the nation's largest school districts typically comes with prestige and pay that draw would-be educational superstars, but also pressure and political complexity that cause them to burn out far faster than leaders of the majority of districts. A study published in the December issue of the American Educational Research Journal finds…
Descriptors: School Districts, Administrative Organization, Difficulty Level, Superintendents
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
Not long after he took office in January, California Governor Jerry Brown presented residents of his state with a simple, stark plan for correcting the state's massive budget imbalance. The Democrat called for making deep and painful cuts to programs across government, while sparing schools. To raise revenue, he proposed allowing the public to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance, Tax Effort, Politics of Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
When Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire announced recently that she wants to take control of education policy in her state by creating a new, Cabinet-level schools position that answers to her, she set the stage for a political fight--and revived a perennial debate. Governors, elected state schools chiefs, and, to some extent, state boards…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Officials, State Government, Elementary Secondary Education
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
The author reports on a review of state policies by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, which raises questions about the validity of the use of home-language surveys as a step to identify students eligible for special help in learning English. While it's ubiquitous in schools across the country, the practice of educators'…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Validity, Federal Government, Politics of Education
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2010
At a time when policymakers are demanding budget cuts and more innovative approaches to schooling, pressure is building for loosening up constraints on class sizes. After dropping for decades, average class sizes in American schools may be growing again as schools cope with budget shortfalls. Although some educators see the rising numbers as a…
Descriptors: Class Size, Politics of Education, Budgeting, Retrenchment
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2010
As governors and state legislators gear up for a new year of budget action and policymaking, the federal Race to the Top competition is helping drive a flurry of measures nationwide aimed, at least in part, at making states stronger candidates for a slice of the $4 billion in education grants. Those efforts emerge as a priority in the 2010…
Descriptors: Grants, Statewide Planning, State Standards, Change Strategies
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
A Washington research group is raising questions about the wisdom of the U.S. Department of Education's favored strategies for turning around the lowest-performing schools with stimulus funding, saying that its research shows that similar federal approaches to school restructuring have not been effective. The questions raised by the new study were…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2009
A handful of recession-ravaged states have kicked off a new fiscal year without balanced budgets, leaving public school educators in limbo as they struggled to manage spending amid dwindling resources and political bickering over unprecedented budget gaps. The crisis remains most severe in California, which, as of last week, faced a $26.3 billion…
Descriptors: State Government, Economic Climate, Budgets, Elementary Secondary Education
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2006
A bill that has been sent to the floor of the California Senate would require textbooks used in public schools to include information on the roles and contributions of gay people throughout history, a move that could affect the content of instructional materials throughout much of the country. The measure would help build tolerance of diverse…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Textbook Content, Homosexuality, Public Schools