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In the world of education reform, the list has caused quite a fuss. Success for All made it, but Core Knowledge did not. The Coalition of Essential Schools is in. Foxfire is out.

The U.S. Supreme Court should not open the federal courthouse door to lawsuits seeking to hold school districts responsible for student-on-student sexual harassment, the lawyer for a Georgia district told the justices last week.

If there's one thing the White House and Republicans in Congress can agree on, it's that after-school education is a top priority this year.

Driver education may not be the best way to promote safe driving, a new study suggests.
Ohio education officials say they plan to step up their scrutiny and guidance of Cleveland's voucher program after a state auditor's report showed the program in need of greater oversight.

Kan. Principal Convicted
For Not Reporting Abuse

It's a new year, and in the King County, Wash., schools, DARE officers are out and school resource officers are in.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is in the market for new leadership.

Though it is better known for underwriting reform in struggling, far-away countries, the World Bank is now pouring time and attention into the historically low-performing school system in its own backyard.


First 'Distinguished Staff Developers' Crowned: The National Staff Development Council has crowned its first two "distinguished staff developers."
GTE Is Lone Holdout in Legal Fight Against E-Rate Program: GTE Corp. is looking like a party spoiler these days to advocates of the federal E-rate program.
The list of school reform models in the Obey-Porter law is not the only place to find a roster of purportedly "tried and true" improvement programs.

The list of school reform models in the Obey-Porter law is not the only place to find a roster of purportedly "tried and true" improvement programs. Here are some newer, more comprehensive compilations that are inspired at least in part by the federal program:
Many local Virginia educators are wondering what steps to take next after a staggering 97 percent of their public schools failed the new state tests that will eventually determine whether schools are accredited and students graduate.
Declaring education her "top priority," Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull called on legislators last week to support a budget that sends more money to the state's schools.

A group of civil rights organizations is suing the state of Florida on behalf of thousands of schoolchildren they say are failing to receive an adequate education.
With its new proposal to revamp how K-12 public schools are evaluated, the Michigan Department of Education took the first step in what will likely be a broad, yearlong effort by state leaders to raise school accountability.

Davis Pushes Modest Budget Hike for Education in His 2000 Budget

Despite his ambitious legislative agenda for schools, California Gov. Gray Davis proposed only a modest 4.6 percent spending increase for K-12 education in the 1999-2000 budget plan he released Jan. 8.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to revive a broad legal challenge to Oregon's 1991 education reform law by conservative parents who claimed its provisions infringed on their children's "freedom of the mind."


Years before he came to Congress, Rep. Bill Goodling began sowing the seeds of a federal family-literacy program.

While some school officials are battling over student-harassment policies in court, federal and state law-enforcement officials want others to know how to prevent such problems and deal with them fairly when they do occur.


Vice President Al Gore has outlined a $10 million grant proposal aimed at helping districts design better, more community-oriented schools as part of his new "Livability Agenda."

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