January 19, 2005
Vol. 24, Issue 19
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Margaret Spellings, now the president’s chief domestic-policy aide, appears headed for easy confirmation in the Senate, possibly as soon as this week, when President Bush begins his second term.
Responding to a potential cheating scandal uncovered by a recent newspaper investigation, Texas officials last week announced a sweeping review of test security and plans for a new monitoring scheme for the state accountability system.
As American schools pitch in with an array of charitable projects in response to the tsunami in South Asia, experts say educators and students should consider carefully how they can most effectively support relief groups, avoid fund-raising scams, and incorporate their efforts into service-learning programs.
A series of unsavory revelations about the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to sway the public in favor of its major school improvement measure could stain the law’s reputation and cast doubt on future information from the agency, say many observers, including supporters of the law.
A school board in California is considering revoking the quasi-independent status of a charter school that employed a teacher who is charged with having sex with two 13-year-old students.
News in Brief: A National Roundup
- N.Y. Comptroller’s Report Blasts School Audit Firm
- Phila. District Cleans House To Improve Teacher Hiring
- Obituary: Test Developer Dies
- Baltimore Schools Step Up Scrutiny After Hall Monitor Charged in Fire
- Los Angeles District Honored for Human-Resources Overhaul
- Nation’s Oldest School Supplier To Close Retail Stores in 17 States
- Five Cities Receive Grants To Tackle Dropout Problem
- Strike Looms
- Stepping Down
- No Show
A federal judge in Georgia has declared that a district’s practice of labeling evolution “a theory, not a fact” on stickers placed on science textbooks amounts to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
A Colorado school district will forfeit more than $500,000 in federal aid rather than let its students take part in a national test.
People in the News
For most universities, running a public school is as foreign an enterprise as operating a gas station. Yet it’s happening in a growing number of cities.
Approximately 1,200 people at a pro-education rally in Jackson, Mississipi, presented state lawmakers and the governor with more than 137,000 signatures on Jan. 11, asking them to spend more on education this year.
The U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services released their joint 2005 dietary guidelines last week, urging Americans to better monitor their food consumption and raise their levels of physical activity to maintain healthier lifestyles and prevent chronic diseases.
Amid the devastation inflicted by a tsunami the day after Christmas, a school reopened in Galle last week, a small but vital sign that the community in Sri Lanka is determined to seek recovery and normalcy. Includes "International Baccalaureate Program Launches Rebuilding Effort."
The International Baccalaureate Organization, a nonprofit venture that provides curriculum programs to schools in 117 countries, is launching its own campaign to help schools in the devastated tsunami zone.
- Now Voluntary, Language Courses Decline in England
- Fewer Foreign-Exchange Students Coming to America
- Success on PISA Breeds Little Confidence in Asia
- Australia Won’t Rest on Reading Laurels
- Ontario Scraps Test for New Teachers
- Tokyo Schools to Require Community Service
- Study Indicates High Levels of STD in Japanese Students
- Schools in Singapore Take on Obesity
- American in Paris
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fiscal 2006 budget plan for California may be balanced, but it is drawing the ire of education groups that say it reneges on a promise made last year to restore school aid to levels called for in the state constitution.
State of the States
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
- Calif. College Official Named to Lead SREB
- N.Y. Bill Would Criminalize Employee-Student Sex
- Gov. Bush Proposes Middle School Reforms
- Ban on Affirmative Action Gets Closer to Mich. Ballot
- N.Y. State Regents Approve New Pre-K-8 Math Standards
- Michigan Changes Test
- Chiefs Issue NCLB Update
- Ohio Teachers Board-Certified
State of the States
State of the States
President Bush last week renewed his pledge to expand educational accountability in U.S. high schools, promising to seek as much as $1.5 billion in his next budget for improvement in those grades.
Two federal education grant programs promoting sexual abstinence have been shifted to an agency now led by a strong supporter of abstinence education, a move that is raising concerns in some quarters.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Federal budget appropriations for selected programs in the Department of Education and other agencies.
The Department of Education and Ketchum Inc. agreed last year to subcontract part of a program to promote the No Child Left Behind Act to Armstrong Williams and his public relations and production company, the Graham Williams Group.
PAGE 27 - On Assignment
A new private school aims to help overweight boys and girls make better decisions about how much to eat and how often to exercise.
PAGE 32 - Commentary
The case against Advanced Placement lies in what we know about the learning process, writes Bruce G. Hammond.
PAGE 33 - Commentary
The recently released summary of the report “Lifetime Effects: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40” shows the value of high-quality preschool programs, but includes some troubling points as well, writes Michael Holzman.
PAGE 34 - Commentary
Politicians need to pay more attention to the academic and management-expert communities if they want to be successful in reforming public education, argues David S. Seeley.
PAGE 35 - Commentary
We need new ways to spread the ‘gospel of achievement’ where it is needed most, says Hugh B. Price.
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