Education

News In Brief

May 01, 2001 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Mama Bear

The Des Moines, Iowa, school district has taken a parent to court, claiming that for the past two years, she has harassed and intimidated school officials regarding her children’s education. Among other complaints, officials allege that Robin Moon telephoned the high school 46 times in less than an hour one day. Moon, who is African American, contends that the aggrieved officials are racists. “They are adamant about black parents and black children staying in their place and not questioning anyone,” she told the Des Moines Register in March.


Mob Mentality

The New York City Board of Education has canceled a one-year, $8.9 million contract with Liberty Food Group to supply public schools with frozen foods following a tip that the company may have ties to the Gambino crime family. The Brooklyn-based supplier told the New York Times it has no such connections.


Book Ban

After reviewing the Newbery Honor-winning novel The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963, the Nebo School District in Utah has decided to ban the book from its middle school classes. Two parents complained that there was excessive violence and swearing in the book after teacher Wanda Jones assigned it to her 7th grade English class this past fall. Jones, who spent $160 of her own money to buy 40 copies for her students, has donated the books to another school.


Paid To Study

In a program designed to improve academic performance among students at Buffalo, New York’s Burgard Vocational High School, incoming freshmen will be paid $5 an hour to attend summer school this year, the Buffalo News reports. The program is the first of its kind in western New York. Nearly 80 percent of Burgard’s students live below the poverty line, and many are forced to choose jobs over summer school to make ends meet.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
A Whole Child Approach to Supporting Positive Student Behavior 
To improve student behavior, it’s important to look at the root causes. Social-emotional learning may play a preventative role.

A whole child approach can proactively support positive student behaviors.

Join this webinar to learn how.
Content provided by Panorama
Recruitment & Retention Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Why Retaining Education Leaders of Color Is Key for Student Success
Today, in the United States roughly 53 percent of our public school students are young people of color, while approximately 80 percent of the educators who lead their classrooms, schools, and districts are white. Racial
Jobs January 2022 Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: January 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education School Bus Driver Retires After 48 Years Behind Wheel
Charles City school bus driver Betty Flick sat behind the wheel for the final time last week, wrapping up a 48-year career for the district.
3 min read
Charles City school bus driver Betty Flick poses with one of her farewell signs. Flick has been driving for Charles City School District for 48 years.
Betty Flick quickly fell in love with the job and with the kids, which is what has had her stay in the district for this long.
Courtesy of Abby Koch/Globe Gazette
Education Briefly Stated: December 1, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: November 17, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read