ED Review (05/06/05)

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May 6, 2005

...a bi-weekly update on U.S. Department of Education activities relevant to
the Intergovernmental and Corporate community and other stakeholders

NCLB UPDATE (http://www.ed.gov/nclb/)

In a May 1 USA Today op-ed, "'Growing Pains' Won't Sidetrack No Child Left
Behind," Secretary Spellings forcefully addressed the National Education
Association's lawsuit.  "It is interesting to note," she said, "that six of
the nine districts in the suit successfully met their accountability targets
under the law -- goals that are set by the state, not the federal government
-- and the ninth district apparently received no rating whatsoever.  In
other words, students have already benefited, and their education is
improving thanks to the law.  In addition, almost every district in the
lawsuit has seen its federal funds increase significantly since NCLB was
passed, one as high as 300 percent."  Notably, the Secretary continued,
"this has happened before -- some states have chosen not to take part in
federal education programs."  For example, New Mexico opted out of the
Education of the Handicapped Act (now called the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act) for six years, and five states initially
rejected Goals 2000, forfeiting aid.  "The contrary actions of a couple of
states and one teachers union lobby do not constitute a 'grassroots
rebellion,'" she concluded.  "The bottom line is that most respected
national education organizations are working with us to continue the
unprecedented national progress that No Child Left Behind has begun."  FOR

At the recent Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference (April
27), Secretary Spellings highlighted the administration's proposals to
"treat teachers like the professionals they are."  That includes a $500
million Teacher Incentive Fund, "to provide states with money to reward
teachers who take the toughest jobs and achieve real results."  According to
the bipartisan Teaching Commission, 76 percent of Americans and 77 percent
of public school teachers support extra financial rewards for teachers
willing to work in high-poverty schools, and a few "states [Minnesota] and
districts [Denver] have already started using these new systems with great
success."  "The Teacher Incentive Fund will...align the way we reward
teachers with the goals of No Child Left Behind," she said.  "If we expect
results for every child, we must support teachers who are getting the job
done in America's toughest classrooms."  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO

Special note: President Bush has nominated Kevin Sullivan to head the newly
created Office of Communications and Outreach.  Previously, he was Senior
Vice President for Corporate Communications and Media Relations at NBC


The next "Education News Parents Can Use" broadcast (May 17, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
ET) will explore preparing students for the global economy by improving
science education.  With the advent of the Information Age, virtually all
jobs -- not just those covering scientific fields -- are demanding a deeper
understanding of science than was necessary in previous generations.
Indeed, of the 20 fastest-growing occupations projected for this decade, 15
of them require substantial math or science preparation.  Moreover, what was
once a developing trend has now become common practice: business leaders are
looking to other countries for workers with math and science competency.
Therefore, the challenge is to ensure that all students develop an
appreciation for and mastery of science subjects.  Among the key topics the
broadcast will focus on: what strategies schools are using to increase
proficiency levels in science and science-related coursework for all
students; what tactics teachers are using to focus on science skills across
the curriculum; and how No Child Left Behind addresses science instruction
and educator qualifications.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO
http://www.ed.gov/news/av/video/edtv/.  (You can watch live and archived
webcasts at http://www.connectlive.com/events/ednews/.)


This week, Secretary Spellings announced the selection of 141 high school
seniors as 2005 Presidential Scholars.  The Presidential Scholars program
was established in 1964 to honor outstanding academic achievement and was
expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in
the literary, visual, and performing arts.  Each year, 141 students are
named, including at least one young man and woman from each state, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American families living abroad.
Another 15 graduates are chosen at-large, and 20 students are scholars in
the arts.  Over 2,700 candidates qualified on the basis of strong ACT or SAT
assessments or nomination through the annual nationwide Arts Recognition and
Talent Search.  A 28-member Commission on Presidential Scholars (appointed
by the president) then made the final selection from a pool of 500
semifinalists.  Scholars will be honored June 25-28 in Washington, D.C.
Also, since 1983, each scholar has invited his or her most inspirational
teacher to participate in the recognition ceremony and receive a certificate


Be sure to review the FY 2005 Grants Forecast (as of April 29) at
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html, which lists
virtually all programs and competitions under which the Department has
invited or expects to invite applications for awards and provides actual or
estimated dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs.
The lists are in the form of charts -- organized according to principal
program offices -- and will be updated regularly through July 2005.  (This
document is advisory only and is not an official application notice of the
Department of Education.)

Also: School districts representing large high schools (with an enrollment
of 1,000 or more students) are eligible for grants under the Smaller
Learning Communities Program.  Awards are based on school size and the
number of schools served, ranging from $650,000-$1,175,000 for one school to
$11,750,000 for local education agencies applying on behalf of up to 10
schools.  Applicants must prioritize helping all students "succeed in
rigorous academic courses."  The deadline for applications is June 7.  FOR
MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www.ed.gov/programs/slcp/.


KSA-Plus Communications and the children's advocacy group Connect for Kids
have teamed up to launch a new online resource,
http://www.connectforkids.org/taxonomy/term/328/, which offers advice for
parents looking to become more active participants in their children's
education.  This web site offers links to a variety of articles (for
example, "8 Tips for Reading Your School's Report Card"), organizations, and
recommendations about parent leadership and activism.  Additional links
connect parents with regional services to improve the safety and health of


According to a national evaluation by Mathematica Policy Research of the
Department's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (after-school) program
-- the last of three evaluations -- elementary students who attended the
federally funded, school-based after-school centers reported feeling safer,
and the lowest-performing students recorded some gains in English grades.
Nevertheless, generally at the elementary and middle school level, the
program did not affect grades or test scores, and participants showed no
difference in how often they completed their homework or got help working on
it.  Ironically, participants were also more likely to engage in behavior
that warranted "discipline" during the regular school day.  (Note: The No
Child Left Behind Act restructured the program and focused greater attention
on its potential for improving academic outcomes.  Mathematica's studies
have data from the 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03 school years.)  FOR MORE


"We ought to start with the presumption every child can learn, not just
some.  And, therefore, if you believe every child can learn, then you ought
to expect every classroom to teach.  I hear feedback from No Child Left
Behind -- and, admittedly, I get the cook's tour sometimes -- but I hear
teachers talk to me about how thrilled they are with No Child Left Behind.
They appreciate the fact that the [accountability] system now shows
deficiencies early so they can correct those problems.  And, it is working."

  -- President George W. Bush (4/28/05)


This month, the Department's Center for Faith-Based and Community
Initiatives will host workshops in Springfield (May 18) and Chicago (May
19), Illinois, to assist faith-based and community organizations applying to
become approved supplemental educational service providers.  The workshops
are free, although pre-registration is required.  The deadline for
registration is May 16.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO

Start spreading the word: on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at 3:00 p.m.
local time, Americans are asked to stop what they are doing and spend one
minute in a Moment of Remembrance.  The time was chosen because it is the
time when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national
holiday.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www.remember.gov/.

The Education Industry Association's annual conference, EDVentures 2005,
will be held July 20-22 at the Wyndham Hotel Inner Harbor in downtown
Baltimore.  This year's theme is "Standards for Excellence," and Secretary
Spellings has been invited to give the keynote address.  FOR MORE
INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www.educationindustry.org/edventures/2005/.


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