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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
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
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
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
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
In comments on the proposed federal guidelines for stimulus funds, some researchers say there's no evidence for the policies touted. Among education researchers, one complaint about the U.S. Department of Education under former President George W. Bush was that it relentlessly promoted "scientific research in education," while at the…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Researchers, Federal Regulation, Federal Government
Hoff, David J. – Education Week, 2007
The community in Rockland County is working together to come up with proposed changes to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This may be the only community-wide effort in the United States to closely study the lengthy law and recommend detailed changes to it. Under the Rockland County plan, which is discussed in this article, the tests in the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Change, Counties
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2005
In the shadow of a Manhattan housing project, Public School 33 is coming back to life. A new principal has brought a wave of optimism, test scores are way up, and middle-class families who used to avoid the school are enrolling their children. In Brooklyn, teenagers who might have dropped out of school are getting diplomas through a special…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Tests, Criticism
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2004
This article reports a new debate on mayoral control over New York City schools. Mayoral control of the N.Y.C. schools was at the center of renewed debate, after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg replaced two members of the city's education policymaking board to ensure enough votes for a controversial plan he backed to end social promotion. The shakeup…
Descriptors: Social Promotion, School District Autonomy, Political Attitudes, City Government
Carnes, Mark C. – Education Week, 1996
Describes how community members from Newburgh, New York, successfully battled against a school board proposal that called for expanding the town's high school to an enrollment of over 3,000 students. Rejects the notion that "bigger is better" and criticizes state funding formulas that create large schools by offering higher reimbursement…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Community Action, Community Influence, Consolidated Schools