November 10, 2004

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Soon, schools across the country could face a new, powerful incentive to consider new mode of science instruction, some observers say.
Voters showed caution about sending more money to public schools or dramatically changing course on education policy, as they decided school-related questions on state ballots last week.
President Bush will enter his second term with a range of campaign plans on education. But one thing is clear: The controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, his signature initiative for schools, is here to stay.
The chief executive officer of the Philadelphia schools wants each of the city’s 265 public schools to have a strong partnership with a local faith-based organization.
A Dallas-area school district could face a state takeover this month, after its superintendent and maintenance supervisor were indicted on charges of destroying a document important to the state’s investigation of the district.
Take Note
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Students in the New York City public schools have been waiting for financial relief for 11 years, and it’s time for the state courts to force the state to solve the problem, lawyers representing the city’s schoolchildren argued last week.
People in the News
Voters in two Ohio cities sent very different messages to their school districts on Election Day.
School administrators across the country expressed relief last week after Election Day voting at school polling sites went relatively smoothly despite record-high turnouts.
Nations around the globe, particularly those with fresh memories of civil or regional conflicts or political strife, are debating how best to teach their history in school textbooks.
Report Roundup
Parents of preschoolers without disabilities who are attending “inclusion” classes at three Atlanta-area elementary schools are looking for other arrangements after being told that the pilot programs can no longer accommodate their children.
Report Roundup
Chicago school leaders’ plan to open a military academy inside a public high school has run into resistance from community members angry enough to try to form a protective human ring around the school.
As schools across the country brace for a new wave of federal mandates in science, the National Research Council is undertaking three studies aimed at exploring how students learn most effectively in that subject, and how it is best taught and tested.
Governors’ races in 11 states ended last week with two ousted incumbents and at least four turnovers in party control—changes that will likely leave an imprint on K-12 budgets and policies. Includes table of results.
While the Washington state superintendent’s race was the most closely watched nationally, incumbents swept races in three more of the five states electing schools chiefs this year. Includes table of results of five races.
State Journal
A newly formed alliance in New Jersey has launched a drive to gather thousands of signatures in an attempt to persuade state legislators to expand parents’ school choice options in the state to include private school vouchers.
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Democrats fared better in state legislative races Nov. 2 than they did in the federal elections, lending momentum to efforts in some states to increase school funding and slam the brakes on vouchers.
Republicans expanded their margin in Congress from a sliver to a slice in last week’s elections, and significantly bolstered the conservative profile on Capitol Hill.
In a move of potential significance to public schools nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court last week accepted an appeal involving the right of individuals to sue when government entities fail to protect them from violence by private citizens.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
During the presidential-campaign year, President Bush set forth his education policy agenda for a second term. Some highlights.
The Mesa, Ariz., school district opened Parent University 18 years ago as a place where adults could discuss and hone parenting skills.
For most young people, learning matters when it is personal and serves a purpose. When students have an opportunity to use or share what they know, they want to learn more, say Milbrey McLaughlin & Martin Blank.
The school reform legislation signed by President Bush in January 2002 has struck a chord with educators and writers from across the political spectrum, observes editor Steven Drummond.
The granting of so-called emergency teaching licenses on a routine basis is a short-term solution to what is shaping up to be a long-term disaster, warns Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian.

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