With the election over (for the most part), what do the results mean for education on a national, state, and local level? Bloggers and education groups all over the Web are chiming in and making predictions about how the election fallout, particularly the new Democratic leadership in the U.S. House and on the House education committee, will impact education. Over at Eduwonk, Andrew J. Rotherham is downplaying the results for schools but he delves into some states where the outcome of elections may alter the educational landscape. Alexander Russo at http://www.thisweekineducation.blogspot.com/ ">This Week In Education ...


As voters head to the polls tomorrow e School News Online points out that what’s at stake is more than who gets elected congressman or senator. In many communities there are other education-related issues on the ballot too ("Voters to Decide How States Fund Education," Education Week). This article highlights two counties in Texas where bond bills call for gradually replacing traditional textbooks in favor of those viewed on computer laptops. Several other Texas school districts have already been replacing paper texts with eBooks. The electronic books, the schools say, are easily updated with new information and easily downloaded—no...


The November issue of the American School Board Journal takes an in-depth look at the teacher quality provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and how states are progressing towards the goal of having a highly qualified teacher in every classroom. The conclusion is that a lot more progress is needed. The article looks closely at five areas of concern surrounding the issue of highly qualified teachers, including the ever-popular teacher pay issue....


In the spirit of Halloween, we just wanted to remind students (and educators!) to think carefully about the costumes they’re wearing to school. This Associated Press story posted by the Washington Post details the goings on at Long Beach High School in Long Beach, N.Y., where three female students were sent home to change after they dressed up like storybook hero Captain Underpants. As you might guess, Captain Underpants wears his undergarments where everyone can see them, but the school’s principal did not appreciate the view....


There’s a lot of focus on struggling urban schools, but this podcast from the Merrow Report highlights urban school districts that have found success. John Merrow, a long-time education broadcaster, sat down with the leaders of five school districts-- Boston; Bridgeport, Conn.; Jersey City, N.J.; Miami-Dade, Fla.; New York City and Norfolk, Va.—whose districts were all finalists for this year's Broad Foundation prize. The annual prize awards $1 million to the top urban school district in the nation. The superintendents talk with Mr. Merrow about everything from contract negotiations with unions to the federal No Child Left ...


There’s been a burst of concern on the education scene this year about boys and whether they’re falling by the wayside in school. For decades the focus has been on girls and how they’re being short-changed by classes like math, that may be structured in favor of the opposite gender. Then, this year, folks started worrying about boys instead, with a cover story in Newsweek raising the level of concern. But an article in the October issue of the American School Board Journal says don’t believe the hype. It argues that researchers are finding boys doing ...


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