June 15, 2005
Hanging onto kids who might otherwise leave school is the mission of Cleveland's Options Complex at Margaret A. Ireland School, a program for students in grades 6-12 who are behind in school by two or more years.
Florida’s Opportunity Scholarships faced their most crucial test last week, as the state supreme court heard arguments in a case about the constitutionality of the voucher program.
More and more school districts, as well as for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations, are offering Internet-based summer classes in core subjects, such as algebra and reading, and electives such as creative writing.
High Tech High, a highly regarded charter school in San Diego, has became part of a small but growing tribe of charter school pioneers who are trying to create not just one high-performing school, but whole systems of them from scratch.
State efforts at carrying out requirements to test English-language learners under the No Child Left Behind Act are receiving increased scrutiny, as hundreds of schools across the country fail to meet goals for adequate yearly progress at least in part because of such students’ scores.
An Illinois school district has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 6th grader who choked to death on marshmallows while playing a classroom game.
News in Brief: A National Roundup
With the help of a federal grant, North Carolina is expanding an early-childhood program it started with the goals of closing the achievement gap between minority and white students and moving underrepresented groups into education for the gifted.
Project Bright IDEA, a program to move more students from underrepresented groups into gifted education, showed gains in the 2003-04 year on the language-arts portion of the North Carolina K-2 Assessments for Literacy and Math.
Teenagers looking for work this summer will face one of the toughest job markets in history, a report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University projects.
People in the News
Teachers College last week announced a campaign to address equity in education across a range of issues that go beyond school finance.
New York City students enrolled in special education programs are earning high school diplomas at a rate far below that of their peers in the general education population, according to a study by Advocates for Children of New York.
As the nationwide debate over attempts to bring intelligent design into public school classes has grown increasingly polarized, Bernadette Reinking and Dover CARES seem intent on conveying a centrist message to voters. Her group supports allowing discussion of intelligent design—in social studies, comparative religion, or similar classes, not as a biology lesson.
New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced plans last week to measure schools based on how much their students gain from one year to the next, in addition to the proportion who score at particular cutoffs on state tests.
Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Andre J. Hornsby, the Prince George’s County, Md., school district manipulated procurement processes to steer a contract to a woman who was a longtime Hornsby associate, an investigative report released last week concludes.
Charter-management organizations, or CMOs, are nonprofit groups formed to start and run centrally managed systems of brand-name charter schools. The San Francisco-based NewSchools Venture Fund supports a portfolio of CMOs.
Chicago has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the nation’s most thoughtful charter school authorizers, but Mayor Richard M. Daley’s high-profile push to expand on that foundation is fraught with challenges, a report from the Washington-based Progressive Policy Institute contends.
Legislative leaders scheduled a special session, to begin June 22, after the state supreme court released an opinion this month declaring that the legislature must come up with $143 million for the new school year as a first step toward fixing the state’s school finance system.
Only 20 percent of Pennsylvania’s school districts have chosen to take part in a plan that uses state gambling money to reduce property taxes. The low level of participation dealt a setback to Gov. Edward G. Rendell’s efforts to fulfill campaign promises.
Hoping to raise its college-graduation rates, Colorado will soon use a multipart strategy to lure more students to college and to keep them there.
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Some of President Bush’s top education priorities—especially his plans for improving the nation’s high schools—are rebuffed in a spending bill making its way through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
A report released last week on the first year of a comprehensive study of Head Start showed that the federal preschool program had a modest impact on participating children in the areas of cognitive development, emotional and social well-being, and health.
The Department of Education is seeking proposals for 21 comprehensive centers spread across the country that will provide expertise to states and school districts working to meet the demands of the No Child Left Behind Act.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
The U.S. Supreme Court last week let stand an appellate-court decision throwing out a lawsuit that blamed the Department of Education’s rules against sex discrimination for cuts to men’s college-sports teams that allegedly were unfair to male athletes.
A House appropriations subcommittee last week passed a spending bill that would essentially freeze the Department of Education’s total budget in fiscal 2006. The bill diverges from President Bush’s request in some notable ways.
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As Jordan strives to turn its education system into a model for the Middle East, the path it charts must cross modern methods with centuries of tradition.
Even if Jordanian women do get an education, most cannot bank on using it in the marketplace at this juncture.
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One education advocate urges the federal government to help finance school construction by investing funds to create state infrastructure banks.
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Betty J. Sternberg, Connecticut's Commissioner of Education, claims that the No Child Left Behind law, in its current form, is broken and must be fixed.
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Paul D. Houston writes that high school reform proponents should make sure schools have the resources they need to become engaging and interesting places to learn.