A few weeks ago, the Chicago Tribune's Stephanie Banchero tracked down just how many Chicago public school kids had died during the first half of the year -- 34 and counting -- a statistic that generated a lot of discussion not only because it seemed so high but also because most if not all of violence happened off campus. Since then, the statistic has been used by the school system to argue for more education funding, and, most recently, by political candidates like Barack Obama to make the case for paying more attention to the plight of the urban poor: ...

EdWeek's much-anticipated new blog "NCLB Part II" didn't show up on my RSS reader until this morning even though its author, reporter David (Hassel)Hoff, had kicked things off last week by pointing out one of my many mistakes. Welcome to the blogosphere, David. Part of me thinks that having an EdWeek blog dedicated to NCLB will be helpful and great -- less work for me to do, the more the merrier, etc. Another part of me thinks that there are already too many blogs out there doing pretty much the same thing. I guess the real test will be ...

Law makes state oversee failing schools New Haven Register It is far more specific than the federal No Child Left Behind law, which introduced nationwide testing goals and accountability measures. NCLB-Renewal Ideas Circulate on Capitol Hill EdWeek Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. has signaled to freshmen in Congress that he’ll propose some major changes to the 5½-year-old NCLB Act when he releases his reauthorization bill, possibly in the coming weeks. School Diversity Based on Income Segregates Some NYT Recent experiments show how hard it can be to balance academic success and socioeconomic and racial diversity. Intel, in Shift, Joins ...

The Big Picture Where's Our Michael Moore? Capturing The Current School Reform Moment ... Down To The "Granular" Level On The Hill Fresh Off The FritzWire Burr & Gregg Deliver The First Volley ....Or They Could Introduce NCLB Reauthorization Language The Week Ahead (July 9-13) NCLB News Burr & Gregg Deliver The First Volley Addressing NCLB's "Reverse Lake Wobegon Syndrome" Urban Education Payzant Says He Didn't Know About Pilot Schools Screening Kids Either Do AP Incentive Programs Skew The Challenge Index? Expanding District Boundaries, Beefing Up The NCLB Transfer Provision Teachers & Teaching What Most Folks Don't "Get" About Schools Now Cool: Librarians Foundation ...

Appropriations: On Wednesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee completed mark-up on a $607 billion Labor-HHS-Education spending bill that will set funding levels for education, health and labor programs for FY 2008. The bill allocates $62.6 billion for the Education Department, an increase of $2.3 billion over current funding. Overall, the total bill is roughly $7 billion more than that approved for FY 2007. Go to: http://appropriations.house.gov. The measure next moves to the House floor for consideration. The Senate has yet to move on its version of the bill. Introduced Legislation: S 1775 (Burr, North ...


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