May 12, 2004

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A growing national movement is putting students’ voices—and their work—front and center in the push to raise expectations and results in schools.
An overwhelming majority of public school teachers and students believe that racially integrated schooling is important, a national poll commissioned by Education Week suggests.
Many Georgia educators give their first-term superintendent credit for rebuilding what had been called a dysfunctional state education department into a more service-oriented agency, led by well-respected educators.
Texas’ approach of funneling money from wealthy districts to poor ones is likely to be severely curtailed, according to sources in the state. Includes the story "Move to End Texas Tests Comes as a Surprise."
As a result of an election last week, two-thirds of the members of the Buffalo, N.Y., school board will be newcomers with a range of views on the district’s plan to sponsor a network of charter schools. The shift creates uncertainty about the margin of support for the nationally watched initiative.
An advocacy group for physical education released a blueprint last week for tackling the problem of childhood obesity, which a new study suggests is associated with an increase in high blood pressure among young Americans.
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  • Fitness Groups Stops Payments to Schools
  • Georgia Supreme Court Rules for Star Player on Felony Charge
  • St. Louis School Board Member Removed From Office by Court
  • 'Working Group' to Oversee Probe of New Orleans Schools
  • Cleveland Students Charged in Teammate’s Shooting Death
  • Illinois Students Suspended for Lacing Brownies With Exlax
  • N.J. Coach Disciplined for ‘Crybaby’ Trophy
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With stricter federal standards for diesel engines imminent, efforts to clean up the iconic yellow school bus are under way across the country. Includes a table, "Routes to a Cleaner School Bus."
Diesel Particulate-Matter Filters: Ceramic devices that collect the soot in the exhaust stream and break it down into a cleaner substance. Must be used with ultra-low-sulfur diesel. Cost of a single filter kit can range from $5,000 to $10,000.
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More than 22,000 teachers and reading scholars in search of effective strategies and instructional materials attended the 49th annual International Reading Association convention here last week.
International PageAs the country prepares for parliamentary elections, likely to occur by October, its three leading political parties are debating just how much of a government subsidy schools ought to receive.
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  • Report Notes 'Flaw' of Federal Ed. Law
  • Reading Disabilities
  • Bullying and Obesity
  • Alcohol Marketing
An interview with educator and author John I. Goodlad, about his new intellectual autobiography, Romances With Schools: A Life of Education. Includes a profile.
Position: Professor emeritus, college of education, University of Washington; president, Institute for Educational Inquiry, Seattle
Florida lawmakers are earning high marks in some circles for passing a new education budget that helps pay for smaller classes across the state. But they failed to tighten state oversight of controversial school choice programs, and they didn’t develop a universal preschool plan to Gov. Jeb Bush’s liking.
Maryland is looking at ways to create an innovative, technology-based high school assessment for students who face disadvantages taking traditional paper-and-pencil tests.
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  • Idaho
  • Nebraska
  • Washington
  • Kentucky Ends Session Without State Budget
  • Mass. House Takes Move Toward Universal Preschool
  • Ariz. Parents Like Schools, Support Standardized Tests
  • Conn. Begins Release of Delayed Test Results
  • Kansas Bill Gives Break to Undocumented Students
Florida lawmakers adjourned without taking final action on a plan to let parents or guardians review their children’s answers on state standardized tests.
Texas lawmakers wrestling to come up with a new state aid system for schools have added another task to their ambitious to-do list: overhaul the state’s assessment program.
The Department of Education has released its clearest statement yet detailing how states and school districts should communicate with parents under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Election 2004Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts turned his attention last week back to K-12 education, unfurling two campaign proposals that seek to blend extra federal support for schools and higher accountability demands.
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  • Bush Establishes Panel on Indian Education
  • Court TV to Air Webcast of Brown Museum Dedication
  • Department to Sponsor Sessions for Teachers
At Fairhaven and other 'free schools,' children choose what they want to learn and when they want to learn it. All they have to do is ask. Includes an accompanying table, "Shared Traits."
Alternative, "learner centered" schools have many similarities, but also have subtle differences in the ways they are governed and educate children. No hard and fast definitions apply, but the following descriptions show some of the schools’ characteristics.
Seven district superintendents offer their views on where the No Child Left Behind Act is struggling and what can be done to get it back on its feet.
New Jersey district superintendent Morton Sherman argues for the importance of attending to the mental health needs of today's teenagers, drawing from personal experience.
The phrase 'multiple pathways' appears frequently in dialogues on high school reform, observes Aspen Institute fellow Robert Shireman. But what does it really mean, particularly for students?
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