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February 25, 2010

New Wisconsin Law: Sex Ed. Must Include Birth Control

Wisconsin's governor has signed legislation that requires public schools to teach about birth control and sexually-transmitted diseases as part of comprehensive sex education classes.

February 23, 2010

The Ties That Bind Common Standards to Title I Aid

You've read before in this blog that the role the federal government is taking—or ought to take—in the development of common standards is a touchy subject. Fresh rounds of evidence popped up yesterday, with the news that President Obama proposes tying Title I money to the adoption of col...

February 19, 2010

Senate Panel in Kentucky Backs Bible-Literacy Bill

Just as Kentucky this month became the first state to adopt common academic standards for math and English/language arts, a Senate committee in the Bluegrass State has unanimously approved a bill to establish guidelines for teaching Bible literacy in public schools. Stories from the Associated Pre...

February 19, 2010

Beware of Myths About Common Standards, Organizers Say

One of the guys leading the common-standards initiative sat down in front of a roomful of state board of education members in Philadelphia yesterday and said, "I'm not from the federal government." A wave of chuckles rippled through the room. But he was getting at something serious. The quip by Chr...

February 18, 2010

Group Proposes New Approach to High School Mastery

Time for a bracing change of pace for those of you interested in high school issues. The National Center on Education and the Economy is proposing a very different way of doing high school curriculum and assessment, and it's outlined in The New York Times. The folks at NCEE have the idea that if s...

February 17, 2010

It's Back to the Drawing Board for Draft N.C. Standards

Amid strong opposition, state education officials are apparently backing off a recent proposal to rewrite social studies standards.

February 17, 2010

Cato Institute Study Finds Weak Case for Common Standards

Forty-eight states have signed on to support the development of common academic standards. But they may be supporting something that doesn't have much evidence of effectiveness in improving learning, according to a new paper from a think tank here in Washington. In a policy analysis released today,...

February 16, 2010

Dumping Senior Year to Save Money

A state senator from Utah is suggesting that his state save money by making the senior year of high school optional. Many states and districts have been searching for ways to save money during these lean financial times. One of the most frequently cited—though not widely embraced—suggest...

February 16, 2010

How Texas Rewrote Its Social Studies Standards: A Case Study

A lot of people are talking about The New York Times story on how Texas revised its social studies standards. (You might remember that process got just a tad controversial recently.) Read what Eduwonk has to say about it (the blog provides lots of good links to other commentary as well). Former Gat...

February 12, 2010

Making Progress in Work is a Key Motivator, Study Finds

Perhaps Harvard Business Review isn't high on your list of regular leisure reading. It isn't high on mine, either. But this is worth a look. It's an argument for the importance of feeling that you are making progress in your work. The authors studied "knowledge workers" of many stripes, and found ...

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