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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
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
Teachers at Orlando Day Nursery in Florida have always evaluated how well their 4-year-old prekindergartners--most of them poor and African-American--could recognize letters, isolate sounds in words, understand stories read to them, and show other hallmarks of early literacy. Just as important, though, have been the teachers' formal observations…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy, State Government, Standardized Tests
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
Ask Antonio White what he thinks of Race to the Top--President Barack Obama's signature K-12 initiative--and the Florida teacher will tell you the competitive-grant program is a "difficult pill to swallow." Merit pay for teachers based partly on student test scores is "a joke," he says. He's also not a fan of expanding charter…
Descriptors: Presidents, Elementary Secondary Education, Elections, Political Attitudes
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
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
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, 2011
State-level battles over changes in education policy have shifted in many places from legislative chambers to courthouses, as unions and other critics of new laws challenge them on the grounds that they violate state constitutions and worker contracts. Republican governors and lawmakers--their ranks bolstered by the 2010 elections--won passage…
Descriptors: Unions, Educational Policy, Court Litigation, Politics of Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2010
The deadline pressure states faced in submitting applications in the federal Race to the Top competition is now being felt at the local level, as school districts scurry to craft work plans that show how they will execute ambitious changes in education policy. Eleven states, plus the District of Columbia, have won a combined $4 billion this year…
Descriptors: Competition, Unions, School Districts, 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
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
The momentum in Florida to expand one of that state's voucher programs is a subtle but significant sign that such programs, which have been anathema to many Democrats, are beginning to win bipartisan support in a number of states. State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in Florida are already voicing support for new legislation that would…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Tax Credits, School Choice, Credits
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2008
Teachers' unions around the country have shifted into high gear in the countdown to the presidential election next week, and nowhere is the fervor more evident than in the battleground states. In Florida, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, affiliates of the National Education Association and the…
Descriptors: Unions, Teacher Associations, Political Attitudes, Elections
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2008
This article reports on the eroding power of state school boards in the U.S. as lawmakers and governors are seeking to expand their authority over K-12 education and, in some cases, reverse education policy set in motion by elected or appointed panels. This year alone, state boards in Florida, Ohio, and Vermont are targets of legislation that…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Legislators, State Boards of Education, State Officials
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2005
In an attempt to respond to confusion about--or resistance to--the tutoring requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance outlining what it expects states and school districts to do in supplying the help to needy children. This nonregulatory guidance clarifies the roles of states and school…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Expectation, State Government, School Districts