Morning Round-Up April 7, 2006

Junk food, growth models, and a showdown in Baltimore.


Bill Strikes a Low-Nutrition Foods in School NYT
The days when children consume two orders of French fries in the school cafeteria and call it lunch may be numbered.

Variety of Approaches Outlined in NCLB 'Growth Models' EdWeek
The states that made the first cut to qualify for a new pilot program that would let them use so-called growth models to judge whether schools and districts meet their performance targets under the federal No Child Left Behind Act are using a variety of approaches to tackle the task.

School aid faces threat BaltSun
Raising the stakes in the dispute over education in Baltimore, the Bush administration is warning that $171 million in federal aid to Maryland could be in jeopardy if the General Assembly blocks a state attempt to take over 11 failing city schools.

Slow readers have difficulty trying to catch up, study says
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Jimmy K
Helping older elementary school children who are struggling to read is even harder than some of the experts think.

To Some in Hartford, Coke Is a Real Evil Thing NYT
Things are not going better with Coke these days, at least not in Connecticut. The company is being painted as a villian in the state's battle to bring healthier foods to schoolchildren.


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