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June 11, 2007

Preschool Fever And The Press

Journalists need to watch out for preschool fever, warns former LA Times reporter Richard Lee Colvin in this post from his generally pro-preschool blog Early Stories (Preschool as Crime-fighting). Glad to see it. There's all too much preschool fever out there as it is, among advocates and elected ...

June 11, 2007

Media Fellowship Applications Decline

One of the little-known challenges of running yearlong media fellowship programs is that it's hard to get top-notch people to participate. According to this NYT article, it's getting even harder of late, numerically and otherwise (Fewer Journalists Seeking Fellowships), The Knight program at Stanf...

June 11, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Monday June 11)

House Panel Votes to Slash €Reading First€™ Aid EdWeek House Democrats want to put their own stamp on federal education spending by increasing Title I and other programs they favor and slashing Reading First and other priorities set by President Bush. The Class-Consciousness Raiser NYT In the na...

June 08, 2007

Chicago Paper Reinforces Depleted Education Team

Bucking the nationwide trend, the Chicago Tribune bought out three of the paper's four education reporters -- and then promptly shifted folks over from other beats to help the cause. Carlos Sadovi has been the courts reporter, which will give him an interesting perspective. He's also a Spanish-spe...

June 08, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (June 8)

So to speak... Democrats aid education, health programs Associated Press Democrats awarded big budget increases for education and health care and research as a House panel approved the largest domestic appropriations bill that Congress will consider this year. Book on cheating: Paper crib notes ar...

June 07, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Thursday June 7)

Besides the ones further below... Under NCLB Pressure, Districts Negotiate School Improvement With Unions EdWeek In such districts as Chicago, Miami-Dade County, Fla., and Cleveland, administrators and union officials have worked together on contract provisions or formal agreements designed to help...

June 05, 2007

15 Journos Get Hechinger Fellowships To Report On Community Colleges

The Lumina-funded Hechinger Institute Fellowships for community college reporting are out, with six fellows getting $7,500 stipend each to complete a major reporting project and nine associates. Over all, 50 reporters applied. See below for the list of awardees. Congrats to all. Six Fel...

June 05, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Tuesday June 5)

Firm Pledges to Fix Online Exam Glitches Washington Post The company that provides standardized tests to Virginia's schoolchildren will add staff and upgrade technology to help prevent technical glitches such as those that recently forced thousands of students to retake online exams, officials said ...

June 04, 2007

Bad News, Good News

Over at Eduflack, Patrick Riccards takes a look at the education stories I listed from last month and asks the age-old question why is so much news coverage so negative? "I'll be honest, I've been struggling for the last week to find some examples of reform done good anywhere. Maybe it is the end ...

June 04, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Monday June 4)

Illegal students await immigration plan USA Today At 23, Mariana should be carefree. She is finishing up her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been accepted to a master's program at Harvard University's education school. When Should a Kid Start Kindergarten?...

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