June 23, 2004

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New data from a survey of more than 500 school districts show the average salary of their superintendents has risen by more than 12 percent over the past decade in inflation-adjusted dollars, and that of their high school principals by more than 4 percent, while the average teacher salary declined by nearly 2 percent. Includes charts.
Determined to give thousands of teenagers a reason to come to school, education leaders in New York City are in the midst of what is arguably the nation’s most ambitious drive to "scale up" scaled-down schooling.
Across the country, from The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., to the Albuquerque Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, the No Child Left Behind law has increasingly become a magnet for press attention.
The fiery California atheist who last week lost his bid at the U.S. Supreme Court to get "under God" stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance vows to continue the fight with new plaintiffs, preferably in cases against school districts all over the country. Includes "In the Court's Words."
Too few public school students have applied for the first year of the District of Columbia’s voucher program to allow for a randomized study of the federally financed initiative.
  • Cleveland Board Slashes $100 Million From Schools
  • Colo. Administrators Sentenced for Scheme to Pad Salaries
  • Minneapolis Board Taps Educator From Cleveland as Superintendent
  • ACLU Sues Detroit Schools, Police; Illegal Student Searches Alleged
  • Md. Suburb Prohibits Teachers From Grading Summer Projects
  • Student Suspended for Prank Offering Condoms for Prom
  • Illinois Board Loosens Reins on East St. Louis Schools
  • Camden, N.J., Schools Lose Challenge to Governance Law
A union activist from the old guard narrowly ousted the sitting president of the Chicago Teachers Union, who was known nationally for pushing teacher involvement in school improvement.
The Texas state affiliates of the two national teachers’ unions have abandoned an agreement designed to keep them from wooing each others’ locals or members.
A year after the St. Louis school board brought in a private management firm to run the city’s troubled schools, the district’s business practices are much improved, but significant academic challenges remain.
A growing controversy involving the San Francisco public schools and an anti-drug organization with alleged ties to the Church of Scientology has prompted a state investigation of the program the organization offers in schools.
International Page A recent Singaporean film, "I Not Stupid," recounts the travails of three 12-year-olds categorized by their school as not too bright. School officials streamed the boys into courses labeled "em3," the academic basement of the country’s hypercompetitive education culture.
Converting to a charter was the ticket to survival for Paisley School, which was suffering from drops in enrollment and state budget cuts, while still providing a list of state-mandated services.
A proposal that the Southern Baptist Convention urge Christian parents to remove their children from public schools didn’t get the support it needed to be considered for a vote last week at the convention’s annual meeting.
The first U.S.-based high school accredited by the government of Japan is struggling to survive in rural Tennessee and is considering recruiting American students to stay in business.
While the mediocrity of U.S. students’ mastery of science and mathematics is well documented, a recent competition illustrates the possibilities for both the children and the future of science and technology.
In a dramatic reversal of fortune, New Orleans Superintendent Anthony S. Amato has gone this month from facing his possible termination to becoming the most empowered local superintendent in Louisiana.
  • Report Notes Decreases in Risky Teen Behaviors
  • College Access
  • Favorite Subjects
  • Smoking and Academics
  • W.Va. Frustrations
  • Inhalant Use
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s campaign to produce small high schools is yielding schools with high academic expectations and personalized, collegial climates, a new report says, but the initiative should now turn more attention to day-to-day problems of teaching and learning.
Governors promised to redouble their efforts to improve teaching quality last week during a meeting convened by a former governor who hopes to encourage state leaders as they proceed with the task.
The California Department of Education and two county education offices have joined forces to investigate a major charter school organization. They say the group may have violated a number of state charter school laws.
At its 10th anniversary, one of the nation’s largest experiments with independent public schools has enjoyed unfettered growth and solid academic performance. But a new report also suggests that the Arizona charter movement’s successes have been marred by a lack of adequate oversight and strong leadership.
  • Arizona
  • Maryland
  • Vermont
The Georgia education department, led by Superintendent Kathy B. Cox, has the drive to make the state’s new performance standards a high-quality document that teachers will find useful and effective in their classrooms, concludes a new audit of the state curriculum.
  • Rhode Island Students to Get Longer Days
  • Ohio Education Association Challenges Charter School Law
  • Texas Teachers Taking Alternative Routes
  • Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill to Raise Teacher Salaries
  • N.C. Teachers to Get Bonuses as Part of School Funding Case
  • Maryland’s Class of 2009 to Face Graduation Exams
  • Nev. Union Submits Petitions for School Aid Initiative
A lawsuit challenging Arizona’s tax credit for scholarships to private schools will move forward following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week that federal courts have the authority to hear such claims.
Two Democratic architects of the No Child Left Behind Act introduced a bill last week that they say could bring relief to potentially thousands of schools that might be graded unfairly under the federal law.
As the number of teenagers heading to higher education surges and the costs of helping them climbs, members of Congress are trying to offset that fiscal burden by targeting portions of the student-aid puzzle for cuts.
  • Education Dept. Issues Charter School Guide
  • Income Guidelines Set for School Lunch Program
  • Education Law’s Impact on Indian Schools Weighed
After seven years of operation and more than $8 billion in spending for telecommunications equipment and services for schools, the federal E-rate program appears to be at the starting gate of a congressional reform effort.
Here are excerpts from the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions in Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, regarding the inclusion of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Teachers welcome Flat Stanley, a small paper doll, into their fold to help impart lessons both local and global.
Jean Johnson, a senior vice president for Public Agenda, wonders why the seemingly urgent issue of student discipline hasn't risen higher on the national education agenda.
In their desperate rush to improve the performance of struggling students, most districts have forgotten or ignored their obligations to students who exceed standards, writes Margaret DeLacy.
Building stronger and more effective accountability systems is the first step to turning around the nation’s secondary schools, writes Tom Vander Ark, director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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