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Education Issues Do Well on Ballots MS Word - On November 5, voters in 22 states decided education-related ballot issues, which ranged from programs for students and how they are taught to bond issues and ways to increase education dollars. This article discusses two of the most common issues finance and bilingual education. (Gloria Zradicka, State Education Leader, Education Commission of the States, Fall 2002)...

Highlights of 2002 and Areas of Likely 2003 Activity MS Word - This article recaps two of the most significant areas of legislation in 2002 No Child Left Behind and special education. Other education issues likely to get much attention in 2003 include accountability, school finance and teaching quality. (Kathy Christie, State Education Leader, Education Commission of the States, Fall 2002)...

Americans' Perceptions About Public Education MS Word - This report reviews and synthesizes the findings of major nationwide polls and surveys exploring Americans' attitudes, opinions and perceptions about public education over the past three decades relying primarily on the findings of two organizations: Phi Delta Kappa, which working with the Gallup Organization, has conducted an annual, nationwide public opinion survey on education issues since 1968; and Public Agenda, a nonprofit research organization that has conducted a series of in-depth national surveys over the past several years. (Suzanne Weiss, Education Commission of the States, March 1999)...

State Education Leader (Fall 2000), What's Up in the States MS Word PDF - This issue gives you a brief look at some topics that have been on the minds of policymakers and educators this year, and which promise to continue drawing attention in the year ahead. (State Education Leader, Education Commission of the States, vol. 18, no. 3, Fall 2000, 20 pages)...

Future Trends Affecting Education MS Word - This paper examines ongoing and emerging education, demographic, technological, economic, political and social trends, and explores how these trends may affect education in the United States over the next 20-30 years. (Dixie Griffin Good, Education Commission of the States, January 1999) ...

Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment and Staff Counts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007-08 - Report presents findings on the numbers of public school students and staff in the United States and other jurisdictions in school year 2007-08. (Amber Noel, Jennifer Sable, Chen-Su Chen, National Center for Education Statistics, November 2009)...

Governors Speak MS Word PDF - Beginning each January, governors summarize accomplishments, present challenges and propose solutions. This Stateline article provides examples of what governors have had to say this year on a number of education-related topics, including teacher compensation, high school quality, finance, early childhood, charter schools, kindergarten and health. (Kathy Christie, Phi Delta Kappan, April 2005. Reprinted with permission)...

Permission to Forget PDF - Readers of this thought-provoking excerpt from Permission to Forget and Nine Other Root Causes of America's Frustration with Education will see that the root causes of today's frustrations with education are interrelated and firmly entrenched within America's system of schooling. These root causes can be addressed, however, and Jenkins provides tangible suggestions for doing so. Made available with author's permission.(Lee Jenkins, American Society for Quality, 2005)...

Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy - Instructional policy reforms that focus on standards and assessments have gained popularity in the past two decades. This policy brief summarizes the findings of a book by the author that examines state and local government relations as standards move from the statehouse to the district policymakers and teachers who attempt to make sense of them. The study is based on data collected from a four-year examination of approaches to the use of standards in nine Michigan districts between 1992 and 1996. This overview: (1) frames the subject of a standards-based reform; (2) discusses the Michigan science and math standards; (3) explores variations in the progress of standards among districts; and (4) discusses implications of the study for policy outcomes, analysis and design. (Jim Spillane, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, June 2005)...

Overview and Inventory of State Education Reforms: 1990 to 2000 - This report discusses state constitutional, statutory, and regulatory frameworks which provide legal authority for states, local governments, and school districts. This authority allows revenues to be raised for education, and sets conditions for spending those funds. In addition, the report discusses state support for various school choice options. (David Hurst, Alexandra Tan, Anne Meek and Jason Sellers, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2003)...

Stateline 2002 Highlights and 2003 Predictions MS Word - In 2002, state legislatures enacted nearly 2,000 significant education bills and policies. This "Stateline" article reviews some of the actions taken by states on these issues. (Kathy Christie, Phi Delta Kappan, December 2002. Reprinted with permission.)...

States Wrap Up the Year, Statistical Data Included MS Word - This Stateline article describes the financial impact the events of September 11 have had on state budgets throughout the country and how education, in particular, is faring. (Kathy Christie, Phi Delta Kappan, December 2001)...

Eagle Eyes and Rabbit Ears: Locating Policy Issues MS Word - This article discusses how state policymakers set the agenda for education in the states. It presents the variety of ways that governors and legislators decide which ideas and initiatives should be developed and fostered in the legislative process, and how competing constituencies command the attention of policymakers. [Reprinted with permission from Phi Delta Kappan (Chris Pipho, May 1, 1999)]...

Learning from the Experience of Others MS Word - State after state has dedicated substantial thought, time, energy and dollars to raising levels of student achievement by passing individual bills and omnibus legislation that attempt to fix entire systems. This Kappan article discusses how important it is that states monitor these efforts to implement change and reform education. In fact, a growing number of states have included provisions that require monitoring of these major reforms so that states can take notes on the consequences of the legislation, whether intended or unintended. (Kathy Christie, Stateline, Phi Delta Kappan, October 2001) ...


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