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BRIEFINGS NewsUpdate Salvaging an “Unsalvageable” Law WITH OVERALL SUPPORT FOR President Bush’s No Child Left Behind education law as low as ever during the last days of his presidency—both on Capitol Hill and in wide swathes of education circles—his secretary of education, Margaret Spellings, is ratcheting up her own campaign to keep the legislation alive into the next administration. She promised to do “everything in my power” to improve the law before the White House changes hands. In her travels to more than 20 states this year, testifying in capitals from Tallahassee to Topeka, Spellings is trying not only to gin up support for NCLB but is also singing the praises of administrative changes to make it more palatable, such as a new pilot program allowing certain states to measure progress using growth models, and improved parental notiﬁcation for supplemental educational services. But others, such as Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), who was NCLB’s chief sponsor, feel that it’s too little too late. “The White House sabotaged the reauthorization,” he says, “and now she’s running around trying to salvage a legacy By Zach Miners From Podcasts to Riches GETTING ADVICE FROM other district administrators can play a key role in the ability of superintendents and other educational leaders to improve schools, but often getting the advice is easier said than done. A new Web site sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education’s Urban Advisory Resource is aiming to do just that, through a lively podcasting forum where district leaders can share their experiences and expertise. The forum, District Leader’s Podcast (www.districtleaderspodcast.org), is the only national podcast created expressly for district leaders, and features interviews each week with district leaders from around the country. Podcasts are grouped into topics such as “Making the Tough Decisions,” “Improving Student Performance,” and “Urban Education.” The series is also available on iTunes. President Bush and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings visiting Woodridge Elementary and Middle Campus, a charter school, in Washington, D.C. that can’t be salvaged.” Both supporters and critics of the law, however, agree that when the ﬁnal history is written on the Bush administration, NCLB will have succeeded, at least, in changing the American conversation about education. “Bush ended up being a wartime president and as such has devoted—appropriately so—time and energy to those issues,” Spellings said in a New York Times interview. “But with respect to how education fares compared with other domestic priorities, I think we’ve done well.” STAT BLAST Congress Delays Action on Bush Budget HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS RECENTLY BEGAN AN APPROPRIA tions process for President Bush’s FY 2009 budget proposed in February that would reject the funding cuts in his plan while increasing spending for domestic priorities like education, but they are not expected to make any ﬁnal funding decisions until a new president occupies the White House because of diﬀerences between congressional Democrats and President Bush over how much to spend. The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill that would provide the U.S. Department of Education with $61.8 billion, an increase of $2.6 billion over the president’s budget, providing funding increases for Title I and statewide data systems. The House version of the bill would provide $64 billion for the DOE, but a ﬁnal vote on the bill has not yet occurred due to a controversial amendment put forth by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.). www.DistrictAdministration.com Technology by the Numbers 86% of teachers have desktop computers in class 67% of teachers have access to laptops for their students 5% of teachers have no access to ? computers of any kind Source: Quality Education Data Inc. August 2008 15
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration- August 2008
District Administration - August 2008
8th Annual Salary Survey
Do You Know the Drill?
The Evolution of Notification Systems
How Well Does This Web Site Work?
Calendar of Events
Understanding the Times
District Administration- August 2008