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Among the what-ifs being asked after the March 21 shootings at Red Lake High School is one with uncomfortable implications for many school leaders: What if the two security guards posted near the Minnesota school’s entrance had been armed when the 16-year-old student gunman entered?
The Teacher Expectations & Student Achievement, or TESA, program—which delves into whether teachers deal with their lower-achieving and higher-achieving students equitably—has been used nationally for more than 30 years, but its popularity appears to be increasing as educators seek ways to build teacher-student connections that can engage children in learning.
Teachers and coaches who suffer reprisals for complaining about illegal sex discrimination against their students will be able to sue their school districts for damages, under a ruling handed down last week by a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court.
As a series of recent high-profile cases have shown, more than ever, school finance plaintiffs are finding it is easier to win at trial than in the lobbies of the state capitol.
Opening another round in an already-heated political debate, a book released last week argues that charter schools appear to produce lower test scores that cannot be explained by their students’ backgrounds.
As the National Science Teachers Association convened for its annual meeting over the past week, the steady wave of challenges to the teaching of evolution occupied a dominant place on the agenda.
Take Note
News in Brief: A National Roundup
The academic performance of students in urban districts continued to rise last year, a report issued last week shows.
A new center established to research rural education is starting work on studies that could improve the ways rural educators engage their students in learning and help them to stay in school.
People in the News
The aspirations of many students may be a mismatch with the paths they have charted in high school. So reveal the initial results from a broad federal longitudinal study.
E-mail, that modern-day convenience that allows instantaneous communication with someone across the room or around the globe, has helped Gay Holub—an 8th grade math teacher—work more efficiently and stay in frequent touch with parents.
One of the first examinations of state practices in carrying out the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s school improvement requirements suggests that states are implementing an assortment of approaches to help schools. But the amount of money available for such activities varies widely by state and may bear little relation to the number of schools identified for improvement.
Report Roundup
At Red Lake High School last week, contractors were replacing shattered windows, knocking down bullet-riddled walls, and cleaning blood-stained floors to repair the damage done by a student who shot and killed seven people at the Minnesota school before turning a gun on himself.
The scene has played out repeatedly across Maryland over the past year: Charter school applicants, standing before untested school boards, have asked to open schools with programs not widely available under the public school system. But only 10 of 29 charter applications have been approved.
A federal audit has uncovered shortcomings in how several California school districts have carried out the No Child Left Behind Act’s policy on educational choice for students in unsafe schools. The problems include a failure to report all violent incidents and inconsistent methods of evaluating certain incidents.
State Journal
Arizona’s legislature is mulling a compromise voucher plan that would provide publicly financed aid for tuition at private schools to students who failed state assessments.
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
When it comes to President Bush’s proposal to scale back or abolish dozens of federal education programs, plenty of groups are rallying their members to resist his plans.
First lady Laura Bush and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings made a surprise, whirlwind visit to Afghanistan last week, spending most of their six hours on the ground promoting education for girls and greater rights for women.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
In Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in federally financed education programs— Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972—gives people the right to sue if they suffer retaliation for complaining about violations.
Betsy Rogers was the 2003 National Teacher of the Year, but instead of staying on the lecture circuit, she went back into the trenches.
Larry Myatt, headmaster of Fenway High School in Boston, identifies key obstacles to the creation of smaller schools.
Education researchers are doing a fine job maintaining the field's irrelevance, writes Sam Wineburg, professor of education at Stanford University.
Several parties contribute to the problem of ill-prepared school leaders, and all of them must play a role in fixing it, writes Ted Sanders

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