February 8, 2006
Michigan education officials are pushing legislation that includes online lessons as part of a package of new requirements for high school graduation. If state lawmakers approve the bill, which was introduced late last month, the mandate would be the first of its kind in the nation, state officials there believe.
More students are shaking their booties—and getting fit—in school with the help of the video game series Dance Dance Revolution and similar games.
Proposals to make high school more rigorous continue to surface in the states. Governors, lawmakers, and blue-ribbon panels are championing the plans, which are fueled by local and national concerns about economic competitiveness and jobs.
The U.S. Department of Education’s new civil rights chief has put school districts on notice that protecting students from sexual harassment will be a top priority.
The superintendent of the Minneapolis schools has resigned after only a year and a half on the job, leaving in her wake angry debates about the roles that race, politics, and her own job performance played in her departure.
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
From creating tradable “enrollment rights” to help integrate schools to providing parents with better school performance information, a new book that aims to stake out a middle ground in the debate over school choice offers ways to enhance the benefits while mitigating the risks.
California education officials have been caught off guard by an aggressive campaign by two Hindu organizations to recast sections of several middle school history texts dealing with the religious and cultural history of ancient India—and a resulting counter campaign by other groups and scholars.
Endorsing a novel $100 laptop for children, the U.N. agency that coordinates development assistance has agreed to help start projects to use the devices for education in some of the world’s poorest nations.
The International Education and Resource Network, or iEARN, is a worldwide program that allows teachers and students to work collaboratively on classroom projects and share basic cultural information through the Internet and other technologies.
English-Learners & Immigrants
Civil rights groups are seeking to join the federal government in defending the No Child Left Behind Act from a legal challenge by Connecticut, potentially giving the Bush administration important, if unlikely, new allies in arguing for the law.
It seemed like a good idea when it was signed into law last fall: All North Carolina children must have an eye exam before entering kindergarten.
But with the policy scheduled to go into effect at the beginning of the 2006-07 school year, school officials, doctors, and parents are stepping up their protests against the exams, which they call onerous and expensive for families.
How high school students perform on Connecticut’s state test is a strong predictor of their future success in college, according to one of the first studies of its kind.
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
President Bush kicked off what is likely to be a yearlong push to improve global competitiveness by bolstering math and science education for American students during his State of the Union address Jan. 31.
A bill to cut $40 billion out of the federal budget over five years narrowly won final passage in Congress last week, despite controversy over a college-grant program tucked inside the legislation that could give the secretary of education new powers over high school curricula.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
After months of waiting for documents related to the federal Reading First program, the Success for All Foundation was set to file a complaint in federal court last week against the Department of Education for its failure to fulfill numerous requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Ohio congressman who as chairman of the House education committee helped shepherd the No Child Left Behind Act into law won a surprise election as majority leader last week.
PAGE 27 - In Perspective
A handful of California districts hire teachers in Mexico to tutor migrant students during the pupils' extended winter breaks in the land of their heritage.
PAGE 30 - Commentary
One English teacher has an idea for improving the national literacy level: Devote an entire school year in the elementary grades to reading.
PAGE 31 - Commentary
Ariela Rothsteina high school senior from Lexington, Mass.has an idea for improving teacher instruction: Listen to the students.
On Jan. 25, Christopher Swanson, the director of the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, answered questions from readers about student-achievement trends and standards-based education reform. Part of our ongoing series of online chats.
PAGE 42 - Commentary
Education advocate and author Richard C. Harwood offers his solutions to the growing disconnect between people, politics, and public life.