April 2006 Archives

Is higher education just an expensive waste of time? Advanced Placement courses, extracurricular activities, all night study sessions—are all the blood, sweat, and tears spent on getting into the right college really worth it? As high schoolers and college admissions offices around the country are abuzz with life-altering decisions, this article from Forbes.com wonders what all the fuss is about....


A bipartisan effort in the form of a federal bill introduced this month seeks to do away with fried and sugary foods in school cafeterias and vending machines and replace them with healthy fare. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a co-sponsor of the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act, talks to Newsweek about the impact the bill would have on schools, vendors, and students, if the legislation were to pass....


From director Davis Guggenheim, the 35 minute documentary TEACH chronicles the first year experiences of public school teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Pull up a chair and see how four newbies handle the pressure and stress of their first year in the classroom, all the while retaining the idealism and passion that led them to the profession. Further information on the teachers involved in the film is also available from PBS....


Educators, policymakers, and parents are actively looking for ways to improve the level of education and professional development high schoolers are receiving. But what about personal finance? What good is a source of income if that income can't be managed? In a recent poll of over 5,000 high school seniors in 37 states, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy found that, while respondents showed minimal improvements from the previous year, on average students were able to answer only a little more than half of the survey questions correctly. (Microsoft Word required)...


View the April 8 Webcast, "Securing the Right to Learn: Policy and Practice for Powerful Teaching and Learning," delivered at the American Educational Research Association's annual conference by recognized education researcher Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University....


From National Public Radio's All Things Considered, this audio feature highlights the dilemma states are encountering while trying to meet the testing requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act. An overburdened testing system is straining under the weight of work provided to them by the states, the report states, and schools and students are suffering for it....


The bipartisan, independent Commission on No Child Left Behind will hold the first in a series of regional hearings today to help the commission determine how to improve the federal education law. Today's hearing is focused on the issues of teacher quality, recruitment, retention, and distribution....


This cover story from TIME Magazine claims that dropout rates in the nation's schools are higher—much higher—than most people imagine. An increasing number of researchers, writes Nathan Thornburgh, claim that nearly 1 out of 3 of the nation's public high school students won't graduate. The author visits the town of Shelbyville, Ind., to take a closer look at this worrying trend. Join in the recent edweek.org discussion, The Dropout Crisis Debate....


View an archive of the Brookings Institution's April 5 webcast on the launch of their new economic policy project, Restoring America's Promise of Opportunity, Prosperity and Growth. The briefing included remarks from Senator Barack Obama and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and focused on, among other things, teacher quality and educational opportunities for low-income students....


Hundreds of thousands of students from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are starting over in new communities and schools across the U.S. months after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. This April 2006 story from the American School Board Journal describes how these students are dealing with the challenges brought on by one of the worst natural disasters in this country's history....


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