Several Texas lawmakers have already made their dissatisfaction known with the performance of the state board of education and the recent saga over evolution's place in the state standards. Now members of the state Senate have succeeded in blocking the reappointment of the board's controversial chairman, Don McLeroy. McLeroy, a dentist from College Station who joined the board in 2007, pushed for standards that encouraged more criticism of evolution and many core components of the biological theory. As self-described creationist, according to media reports (see this story from the Austin American-Statesman) he played a major role in the 15-member state ...

Private and public funders of adolescent literacy convene in the nation's capital to talk about their priorities for the future.

Obama pledges to use the resources of the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy to boost students' knowledge of and interest in renewable energy. Can it work?

One of the carrots meant to lure college graduates, and career changers, into math and science teaching is loan forgiveness, a form of assistance offered by states, nonprofits, and the federal government. Whether these programs actually have an impact on creating a sustained pool of talented teachers is a matter of dispute. But it's probably a safe bet that for some aspiring teachers, particularly those thinking of forgoing higher-paying gigs for the classroom, the promise of paying off their college debts—especially if the debts rise as high as $50,000 or $70,000—means something. A story in yesterday's...

Alaska is creating a new director of rural education, who will also focus on serving the state's native population. Several other states have administrators who work specifically with American Indian students.

The future is now. A "Cyber Summit," to be held entirely online, will examine "21st Century Skills."

A report by the National Research Council examines the many challenges facing high school chemistry teachers—and offers ideas on how to overcome them.

Teachers, researchers, undergrads, grad students, and assorted policy types looking for some summertime reading might be interested in a new resource on math and science being offered by EdWeek. It's a collection of recent stories called "Spotlight on STEM," which can be downloaded in PDF form for the price of $4.95. EdWeek has offered these packages of stories on other topics, such as "response to intervention" and tips for new teachers, but this is the first one we've put out on math and science topics. For those who are interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education ...

A number of evolution-related bills died in state capitols around the country. Somewhere, Richard Dawkins is smiling.

What Michael L. Kamil, a reading researcher at Stanford University who was a guest on an EdWeek live chat today on adolescent literacy, has to say about free reading may surprise you. A transcript is now available. Here was the question: "What is your opinion of allowing students time in class to read what they want, instead of following a rigid, prescribed reading plan?" Kamil gave the following answer: The research on free reading, reading practice, or recreational reading shows that having students read more does NOT lead to better reading. Instead it seems to show that good readers read ...

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