June 9, 2004

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The Independence, Mo., school district offers a glimpse at how a typical American school system is coping with the No Child Left Behind Act's tough academic standards. It's a complex portrait.
State and federal leaders across the country are touting the potential for community colleges to accommodate the expanding ranks of high school graduates seeking a higher education.
In rural parts of the nation, many towns are taking creative steps to lure new students to local schools in their quests to keep those schools open and their communities intact.
With the second in command stepping up to run for president of the American Federation of Teachers this summer, observers say they don’t expect to see significant changes in direction for the 1.3 million-member union.
A U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based NEC Corp. has pleaded guilty to abuses of the federal E-rate program, including a canceled project to give needy students in San Francisco access to the Internet.
The New York City school district has agreed to provide diversity and tolerance training for students at a Brooklyn high school where Asian-American students were regularly harassed.
  • NAEYC to Accredit Teacher-Prep Programs
  • Baltimore Reduces Credits Needed for 9th Grade Promotion
  • Indianapolis School Board Votes to Ban Paddling
  • Chicago Teachers to Vote in Union Runoff Election
  • Kent, Wash., Schools Advised to Stop Handcuffing Students
  • School Fitness Foundation Files for Bankruptcy Protection
The summer job outlook does not look promising for the nation’s teenagers, who are likely to continue to struggle in the labor market, analysts say.
A new education management company, led by the former head of a global electric company, has acquired Chancellor Beacon Academies, the nation’s second-largest for-profit manager of charter schools.
Backers of the integration plan in Lynn, Mass., say students have reaped psychological benefits from going to school together.
Seeking to capitalize on the Internet’s retail and financial-management capabilities, more states and school districts are using online-purchasing systems to buy everything from No. 2 pencils to cleaning supplies.
The New York City school system has hired its first executive chef in an ongoing drive to boost student participation in its meal programs with healthier and more appealing cafeteria fare.
It seemed like an idea worth exploring when district leaders here first starting discussing it: Help students from a low-achieving elementary school by merging them with pupils from a high-achieving school just a few miles away. But the plan met with strong opposition from parents.
  • NEA Foundation Focuses Giving on Closing Gap
  • World History in Review
  • Models in the Middle
  • Classroom Management
  • Teachers' Walk
  • Museum Links
  • Conference Is a Salute to Rosenwald’s Vision
  • Federal Education Law Failing, Report Argues
  • College Graduation
  • Latino Segregation
  • Texas Obesity
  • Children’s Health
Increases in grant aid did not keep pace with the rising cost of education for students at two- and four-year colleges during the 1990s, leaving those undergraduates with a larger financial burden, a federal report shows.
New Hampshire was set to say goodbye next month to its controversial school finance system that borrows from wealthier districts to send property-tax money to schools in poorer areas.
From now on, when Hawaii’s high school students grab their surfboards and head for Oahu’s North Shore—or other surfing destinations throughout the state—they might be doing so as the Kahuku High Red Raiders or the Na Ali’i team from King Kekaulike High School.
Oregon parents who are not paying their children’s school fees might regret it come the end of the 2004-05 school year, when the schools withhold their children’s report cards or diplomas.
The Tennessee legislature has passed a bill to continue the state’s widely recognized "value added" assessment system.
  • Court Takes Broad View of Ohio Abuse Statute
  • Utah State School Board Names Education Chief
  • Oregon State Board Bars Tobacco on Campuses
  • Virginia Governor Vetoes Home Schooling Measure
  • Court to Name Overseers in N.Y. Funding Case
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Minnesota
  • Tennessee
The war on terrorism has fueled an expansion of the U.S. government’s work to improve schools overseas. Includes an accompanying story, "New Iraqi Education Minister Named."
Department of Education officials are lauding a federal report declaring that the No Child Left Behind Act is not an "unfunded mandate."
As Congress prepares to revamp the federal law on vocational education, the Bush administration has unveiled a proposal that would require career-oriented high school programs to increase their academic rigor and form stronger partnerships with colleges and employers.
The National Head Start Association has renewed its call for the resignation of the leader of the federal Head Start program, with fresh accusations that she tried to cover up financial mismanagement that took place during her tenure as a local program director in Texas.
A preliminary White House budget document suggests that, if re-elected, President Bush would request about $1.5 billion less for the Department of Education in fiscal 2006 than he is seeking for the coming year.
The Department of Education is urging states to seek advice from parents and other community members when defining "persistently dangerous" schools under federal law, and to "review and revise" those definitions every year to make them more reflective of the actual threats students may face, according to new federal guidance.
Election 2004
  • After a Debate, Mich. High School Agrees to Kerry Commencement Talk
  • Big Tent
  • Va. Official Nominated for Spec. Ed. Position
  • Ed. Dept. Issues Brochures on School Choice, Tutoring
A biochemist who earned his doctorate in the United States was named Iraq’s interim minister of education last week. He replaces a former World Health Organization official who had served in the position since last September.
Public school choice offers students a chance to follow their interests, but it comes at a price, chipping away at the sense of community once common among neighbors.
While assessment is important, Head Start's National Reporting System is antithetical to many of the program's core principles, say Evelyn Moore and Raul Yzaguirre.
Former Delaware governor Pete du Pont praises the Internet for making debate a more accessible extracurricular activity for disadvantaged students.
Education lawyer Alfred A. Lindseth argues that the recent spate of lawsuits designed to secure more funding for schools fails to help districts in which the problem is not how much money there is, but how it is being spent.

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