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In Brooklyn, where the mystique of the 123-year-old Brooklyn Bridge looms, high school students learn about caring for the bridge and other historic landmarks in their own backyard.

People never seem to tire of stories about businesses that have turned themselves from bankruptcy to profitability. But few imagine this type of story could ever happen in public education.

More Oversight of NY School Funds

Cheating on NCLB Tests? Maybe

Some school districts and states appear to be cheating on test scores to meet achievement requirements under the No Child Left Behind law, and legislators will look into it when they consider reauthorization of NCLB this year.

New Test Shows Teens Not So Tech-Savvy

Administrators at Putnam County Elementary School in Eatonton, Ga., are an ambitious group, and they don't want any first-year teachers to fail. In fact, school leaders are providing new teachers with nearly all they need to succeed.

With all the buzz about "Web 2.0 technologies" and the implications that new social Web tools such as Weblogs, wikis and the like have for education and information literacy, it's no wonder that school libraries are suddenly on the front lines of change.

I couldn't help laughing at the cynical greeting I received one first day of January, "Happy New Year-your car is now worth $1,000 less!"

What kinds of school-family connections are more likely to produce higher levels of student achievement? K12 educators are asking this as they implement various school-family-community involvement programs to comply with the No Child Left Behind act (NCLB). Fortunately, educational research offers insights and direction for school districts. For example, researchers Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp recently synthesized 51 high-quality studies on parent and community involvement, 31 of which address relationships between student achievement and parent-community involvement activities.

Problem: After redesigning its Web page, the San Diego County Office of Education received complaints that the search engine was inaccurate and extremely slow.

Solution: The SDCOE installed Google Mini as its search engine and hasn't received a complaint in over a year.

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