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December 15, 2008

Higher Math Standards in Oregon Victim of Budget?

One of the consequences of the financial shortfalls hitting states and school districts is that they are scaling back all sorts of programs, or cutting them altogether. In a variation on that dour theme, Oregon state officials said recently that they're planning to delay the implementation of a new ...

December 03, 2008

Blogging for Gender Equity in Science

Public and private organizations have tried all sorts of strategies to try to get girls and women more interested in science and math studies and careers—summer camps, the use of role models and mentors in the field, outreach to parents. Now, a new, and I suppose far hipper variation on those ...

November 26, 2008

A Closer Look at Math and Science Academies

All schools would like to think they're capable of producing the scientists of the future—students with the academic skill, curiosity, and creativity to conduct research in cutting-edge fields. But supporters of math and science academies, or specialty high schools, see themselves as especially...

November 25, 2008

California (But Not Its Schools) Out $1 million

In the latest twist in the great California algebra debate, the feds have said that because the state is not complying with a testing mandate, they plan to take $1 million from the California Department of Education and redirect it to needy schools. The move is the result of delays associated with ...

November 18, 2008

A Better-Qualified Algebra Teacher

The state of Arkansas and the city of Chicago have shown the capacity to produce presidents from the Democratic Party. But less appreciated are their efforts to produce ... middle school algebra teachers! A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a venture by Arkansas to create a specific endorsement , ra...

November 14, 2008

Back in Dover, With Darwin

A couple years ago, I was lucky enough to be one of many reporters who crowded into a federal courtroom in Harrisburg, Pa., to cover a landmark court case over whether "intelligent design" had a place in public school science classrooms. The legal battle centered on a decision by the Dover, Pa., sc...

November 10, 2008

Making the Case for Advanced Math

There's been a steady push to encourage students to take more math, and tougher math, in high school. Business leaders, advocacy organizations, and state and local policymakers provided a lot of the muscle behind that movement, arguing that high-level math skills are going to become increasingly imp...

November 05, 2008

About Those New Florida Science Standards.....

You might have followed the debate this year over Florida's revision of its state science standards, but it's a good bet you've never heard of something called the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee. Yet that heretofore obscure panel is a player in odd new developments that could result in ...

November 04, 2008

Science Strategies in Motown

The Detroit schools have taken their share of hits over the years, and many of those blows have been self-inflicted. But a recent study in an academic journal has found that a middle school science curriculum used in the district has resulted in improved science understanding, and higher standardize...

October 29, 2008

8th Grade Algebra on Hold in California

Opponents of a new mandate requiring that all California students take introductory algebra in 8th grade scored a victory in court this week. How significant a victory? Check back in December. A Sacramento County superior court judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the new mandate fro...

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