See below for NAEP and Reading First stories. The Black And White Of "Ho" Culture Washington Post In a new twist in American race relations, a federal court has ruled that a white teacher in a predominantly African-American school was subjected to a racially hostile workplace. Positive Outlook Aids New Orleans School Recovery NPR Students and teachers at a New Orleans charter school damaged by Hurricane Katrina and, later, a tornado have pushed ahead by focusing on the positive. In this high school class, it is rocket science Christian Science Monitor Brett Williams has his students build a rocket each ...

Everyone's got slightly different things to say about the NAEP history and civics scores released yesterday: Basic scores are up, but not proficient or advanced. NCLB is holding history back, or helping kids read better. Younger kids are doing better than last time, but not older kids. You get the idea. Students Gain Only Marginally on Test of U.S. History NYT More than half of high school seniors still showed poor command of basic facts like the effect of the cotton gin on the slave economy or the causes of the Korean War. More Students Know Basics of History ...

The LA Times' opinion page gets the headline of the week award for this headline about the pros and cons of teacher tenure: Love me tenure. For those of you who might not remember the lyrics, sung by Elvis Presley in a movie of the same name: "Love me tender, love me sweet, Never let me go. You have made my life complete, And I love you so."...

Embattled RF advisor Ed Kame'enui is leaving his federal post, according to this EdWeek story (Former ‘Reading First’ Adviser to Leave Federal Post). You may recall Kame'enui as one of the folks who testified in front of Cong. Miller a few weeks ago, and was one of four folks who were hung out to dry in the Kennedy report. However, accounts differ as to whether Kame’enui was fired, is resigning, or is just finishing out his contract. UPDATE: Group Wants Probe of Education E-Mails A private watchdog group asked the Education Department's inspector general on Wednesday to investigate the ...

After a short but successful stint covering national stories, fast-moving former US News education reporter Elizabeth Weiss Green has now made the move to the New York Sun, where her first story has just appeared (Klein Relieves Some Critics' Concerns About Arab School). She's going to focus on NYC reform efforts, competing against the big boys at the Times, etc. Congrats, condolences, as usual....


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