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August 16, 2007

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Forced to Pick a Major in High School NYT A high school in New Jersey is requiring students to declare a major as freshmen. School Districts Find Loopholes in No Child Left Behind Law PBS School districts are getting around certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind law by setting the bar mea...

August 10, 2007

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As States Tackle Poverty, Preschool Gets High Marks WSJ It took a well-orchestrated campaign to put pre-K on the top of political agendas -- and new tactics that didn't rely on do-gooder rhetoric. Dodd Outlines K-12 Education Plan EdWeek Democratic presidential hopeful Chris Dodd planned to unveil ...

August 09, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day

12th Graders Show Better Grasp of Market Forces Than Expected NYT The nation’s high school seniors performed significantly better on the first nationwide economics test than they did on other recent national exams in history and science. State Colleges Prepare To Measure Their Own Performance WSJ...

August 08, 2007

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Quotes From the Democratic Debate Forbes On NCLB: "It was an unfunded mandate. And part of it is that the Department of Education under President Bush did not absolutely enforce it..." Schools losing Texas teacher bonuses Dallas Morning News More than half of the 1,150 Texas schools rewarded in th...

August 07, 2007

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Bridge Hero Gets Offer: Paid Tuition NYT A full scholarship has been offered to Jeremy Hernandez, a struggling former student who kicked open the back door of a tipping school bus with 50 children. NCSL Panel Fails to Reach Consensus on National Standards EdWeek The committee had been poised today ...

August 06, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Monday August 6)

Anti-Bureaucrat Charter Schools Get Centralized NY Sun A funny thing is happening with some anti-bureaucrats: They are bureaucratizing, building central offices that function like miniature school districts overseeing between four and 40 schools. Judge: No New Assignment Plan Needed For Ky. Schools...

August 03, 2007

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For Schools, What Does Progress Mean? Las Vegas Sun via DA Daily None [of the 8 growth model states] is going as far as Nevada is proposing: to add points for schools where already-proficient students improve. Tennessee Steps in at 17 Memphis Schools Commercial Appeal The Tennessee Department of E...

August 02, 2007

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A Study Finds Some States Lagging on Graduation Rates NYT Dozens of states accept any improvement in high school graduation rates as adequate progress, and several set a goal of graduating fewer than 60 percent of their students, according to a study released yesterday by the Education Trust in Wash...

August 01, 2007

"Big" Stories Of The Day

Acceleration Under Review Ed Week As more high school students enroll in programs that award college credit, policymakers are asking questions about quality. UC's online-only charter high school closes after 1 year San Diego Union-Tribune Heather Brooks, 17, an incoming senior at Mar Vista High Sch...

July 31, 2007

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I'm using the term loosely here. Pupils too passive, education chief says Denver Post U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on Monday confronted a challenge on many Americans' minds: how relatively comfortable U.S. students can compete against the family-driven zeal children bring to school i...

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