There are at least two education-related pieces I hadn't seen among this year's recently-announced Peabody Awards (here), including Left Behind: The Failure of East St. Louis Schools (which appears to have nothing to do with NCLB and was produced by KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO) and The Education of Ms. Groves ("Inspiring but not schmaltzy, this program tracks the learning curve of a wide-eyed, first-year middle-school teacher in Atlanta who discovers her job demands skills and resources as well as idealism." Produced by Dateline NBC)....

Some things you might not have seen before, courtesy of Baird & Co's business-oriented Class Notes (PDF): "In its annual report on preschool funding, “The State of Preschool 2006: State Preschool Yearbook,” the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) found that states are equally as likely to cut public funding for preschool education as they are to increase funding".... and... "only two states, Oklahoma (70%) and Georgia (51%) enrolled more than half of the four-year olds in their state."...

Better late than never, the Education Industry Association, which represents the tutoring companies in Washington, has finally put out a press release in response to Senator Clinton's "Halliburton all over again" charge from last weekend (see below) saying that they are surprised by the remarks and have worked with Clinton on tutoring legislation last year. The statement (below) doesn't acknowledge the mishaps and questionable practices that have popped up, or the difficulties districts and states have had weeding out bad apples, but says SES participation and satisfaction rates are up, and that 500K children are participating now....

Things heated up towards the end of last night's PBS NewsHour segment on reauthorizing NCLB (here), with Philly superintendent Paul Vallas touting the benefits of the law and Nebraska state supe Doug Christiansen describing its deficiencies. It's an argument we've all heard before. What jumped out at me, though, was the intro to the discussion, which said that 20 states had tried to roll back all or parts of the law. I'd never heard that number before, and frankly it seemed both low and somewhat misleading. Hasn't pretty much every state tried to get out of the law's requirements? And ...

It may come as a surprise to some that news coverage of particular topics -- science, international news, education -- is commonly subsidized by foundations and other organizations seeking additional coverage for a topic that might otherwise get lost in the shuffle. Such is the case with the new Lumina Foundation-funded fellowship program for education reporters covering community colleges that's recently been announced by the Hechinger Institute (here) for 15 interested journalists that includes a $7,500 stipend for some participants. No doubt, coverage of community colleges is in many ways often inadequate. The trick, of course, is to beef ...


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