New Orleans Activists Seek Educational Growth NPR Some New Orleans residents have learned then when dealing with their patchwork public school system, the surest approach is to take matters into their own hands. A Successful Plan for Racial Balance Now Finds Its Future Uncertain A Supreme Court decision from June could impact a racially balanced schools plan that has been maintained for 18 years by White Plains. Seeking Solutions for the Nation's Broken Schools NPR Our public schools are in serious trouble, says Rudy Crew, superintendent of one of the largest school districts in the country....


Film Chronicles Teacher's Fight for Respect NPR The Education of Ms. Groves, a four-part documentary, follows a sixth-grade schoolteacher as she struggles to gain respect from her new students in Atlanta's public school system. Teachers: Be subversive Salon.com Salon spoke to Kozol from his home in Byfield, Mass., about the fun of first graders, the trouble with "utilitarian" teaching, and why No Child Left Behind is "the worst education legislation" in 40 years. Teachers in Trouble, Parents Ignored -- Part I Washington Post (Jay Mathews) Today, and in the next two columns, I will describe four cases at more ...


Report, lawsuit question NCLB's effect on teacher quality USA Today A federal lawsuit and a new report challenge the Bush administration's rules on teacher credentials, saying they fail to ensure that students have a highly qualified teacher. Coverage of the Miller Proposal: House Committee Members Propose NCLB ChangesTitle I Monitor Draft NCLB Bill Intensifies the Discussion Ed Week Changes Proposed for Education LawNYT...


This can be the hardest week of the year for parents and kids and educators who aren't enjoying a last week of vacation. For them, summer school and camp are over but school hasn't started yet, creating childcare woes for parents and "nothing to do" for kids. (Or, for those who live where the school year has already begun already (it seems to be creeping up every year) then there's the strange sensation of having started something while it's still summer and everyone else is on vacation.) Meanwhile, lots of teachers are stuck in professional development when they just want ...


I'll be away again for a couple of days this week at least, but in the meantime here are some great resources to help you keep up or avoid doing any real work: Early-morning education headlines from EdNews.org here. EdWeek's daily news roundup is here. The latest NCLB news via Google is here. Commentary and analysis on NCLB via the blogs is here. Child and family stories daily from the Casey Journalism Center you can sign up here. State-focused daily news here from Stateline.org. Keep track of EdSec Spellings' every move here....


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