Morning Round-up May 23, 2006

Outdated teacher education methods, uncertainty on the higher ed commission, and more...

Teachers learn dated methods - USA Today USAT
Most U.S. undergraduate teacher-education programs give prospective teachers a poor foundation in reading instruction, according to a new study by a Washington-based non-profit group that is working to reform the nation's teacher-education system.

Reaching consensus on future of higher education proves difficult Sam Dillon
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings established the commission last fall to study how to increase access, affordability and accountability in higher education. Its recommendations could be critically important for the country's 17 million college students and their parents.

When Districts pull sweets from menus, schools lose bucks
Gannett New Service via edspresso
While health advocates applaud the decision earlier this month by soft drink makers to voluntarily restrict the on-campus sale of full- calorie drinks nationawide, school administrators are bracing for belt-tightening.

Milwaukee's lessons on school vouchers Christian Science Monitor
In March, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) signedd a ill that raises the cap on the number of voucher sutdents and also requires accountability measures - such as standardized testing and accreditation - for the first time form the private schools in the program.

Schools Bank On Teaching Kids How to Save
Washington Post
With savings rates falling and personal bankruptcies on the rise, educators and policymakers are beginning to insist that the basics of money management and, above all, the importance of saving, become part of school offerings.


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