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McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Almost two years into the federal Race to the Top program, states are spending their shares of the $4 billion prize at a snail's pace--a reflection of the challenges the 12 winners face as they try to get ambitious education improvement plans off the ground. Through the end of March, the 11 states and the District of Columbia had spent just 14…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Incentive Grants
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
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Location, location, location. This mantra of real estate agents and their clients alike is now the target of a new report from the Brookings Institution linking housing prices and zoning practices to effectively depriving low-income students of high-quality schools. Using test scores from schools in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the…
Descriptors: Income, Real Estate, Academic Achievement, Zoning
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
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2012
The mythology surrounding the substitute teacher is not a pretty one: Paper airplanes, lost learning, bullying. But as schools collect more information about teacher absenteeism and its consequences, districts and schools are exploring ways to professionalize substitute teaching--or experiment with alternative ways of coping with teacher absences.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Attendance, Teacher Effectiveness, Coping
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
Students today may have less time for free play, but new research suggests their imaginations have actually sharpened compared with those of children two decades ago. In an analysis published in May 2011 in the "Creativity Research Journal" and posted online in May, researchers from Case Western University in Cleveland found elementary school…
Descriptors: Creativity, Play, Elementary School Students, Imagination
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
Faced with arguably the biggest crisis of its 155-year history--the loss of at least 100,000 full-time members--the nation's largest union plans to respond by organizing thousands of new members and transforming itself into an even more politically potent force. Whether the National Education Association (NEA) can accomplish those goals while…
Descriptors: Unions, Collective Bargaining, Professional Associations, Teaching (Occupation)
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
A new set of "publishers' criteria" crafted by the lead writers of the common core in mathematics is intended to help reshape K-8 instructional materials nationwide by spelling out what it means to align faithfully with the math standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. The document blends general guidance with some real…
Descriptors: State Standards, Textbooks, Mathematics Instruction, Instructional Materials
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
Can a teachers' union successfully be both a hardball-playing defender of its rights and a collaborative force for the common good? It is both a question of philosophy and, increasingly, one of policy direction for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), whose biennial convention in Detroit showed delegates grappling with the tension between…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Unions, Educational Change
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
Education advocates and the Obama administration are anxiously eyeing a series of across-the-board cuts set to hit a broad swath of federal domestic and military spending programs early next year, unless a sharply divided Congress can agree on a long-term plan to put the nation's fiscal house in order. Most education lobbyists expect such a deal…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Agencies, Elections, Federal Aid
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
As teachers begin shaping lessons for the common standards, many are wondering how to prepare their students for tests that won't be ready for at least two years. Sample items being drafted for those exams offer early ideas of what lies ahead. Two large groups of states are using federal Race to the Top money to create new suites of exams for the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Test Items, Consortia, Item Banks
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
One of the most vexing questions about charter schools--when low-performing ones should be shut down--is receiving new attention, amid concerns that lax and inconsistent standards for closing them will undermine the public's confidence in the sector. Over the past few years, a growing number of researchers, policymakers, and charter school backers…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Low Achievement, School Closing, Academic Standards
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
The nation's Roman Catholic schools have labored for decades under increasingly adverse economic and demographic conditions, which have undermined their finances and sapped their enrollment. Today, researchers and supporters say those schools face one of their most complex challenges yet: the continued growth of charter schools. Since they first…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Catholic Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Influences
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
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