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One morning last November, Mae Schunk called Phalen Lake Elementary School to say she would be reporting to school a half-hour late. It apparently was a first for her in 36 years as an educator, but it couldn't be helped. She had gotten only two hours' sleep the night before.

A $23 million contract announced by the Department of Education in fall 1997 created an unusual partnership of researchers and education organizations devoted to the improvement of teaching.

It was the kind of headline educators hate: "97 Percent of Schools in Virginia Fail New Exams: Local Officials Say Results Are Worse Than Expected."
In a legal victory for the private-school-choice movement, the Arizona Supreme Court last week narrowly upheld a $500 state tax credit for contributions to scholarship programs that pay for private school tuition.
School officials call the terminations "honorable," but the label isn't soothing feelings for a group of teachers suing the district for laying them off.
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New York state's education commissioner is forming a panel of experts to decide whether a series of miscues will undermine the validity of a new 4th grade reading test.

St. Louis Judge Blocks
Neighborhood Schools Plan

The latest findings from an ongoing federal study of child care don't necessarily provide the public with a lot of new information.
Children in lower-income families are more likely than those who live in wealthier households to have behavioral and emotional problems and are less likely to be "highly engaged" in school, a national survey of families concludes.
The latest findings from an ongoing federal study of child care don't necessarily provide the public with a lot of new information.
Bruce C. Bennett loves the San Antonio Spurs, his local professional-basketball team. He's also fond of children. He has two of his own, and is the president of their school board.
For the Chicago public schools, keeping the books on its employees will soon be raised to a new level. With a new, $3 million timekeeping system, officials expect to cut the number of costly adjustments that have to be made because of payroll mistakes, provide more information to managers, and reduce the number of "tardies" and overlong coffee breaks.
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A federal judge has thrown out a $25 million court judgment against Jostens Inc., the market leader in the $500-million-a-year yearbook-publishing industry.
The following table shoes the percentage of teachers who say the professional development they've received improved their classroom teaching "a lot." Respondents are divided into teachers who received one to eight hours of professional development a year and those who received more than eight hours.
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Policymakers voicing concern over the quality of classroom instruction shouldn't hear much disagreement from the nation's teachers, if the results of a new federal survey are any indication.
A reorganized NPEAT has scaled back its research and grouped it into three strands.
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A group led by governors and corporate executives is ready to create a new 8th grade mathematics test and is waiting for the go-ahead from states.

Gov. John Engler of Michigan urged lawmakers last week to give urban mayors the power to disband their local school boards and name new leadership in ailing school systems.

In a surprise victory this past November, Reform Party nominee Jesse Ventura, 47, beat out two seasoned, major-party candidates to become the governor of Minnesota. The radio talk show host, one-time mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and former professional wrestler--known as "The Body"--chose teacher and former administrator Mae Schunk as his running mate. Staff Writer Jessica L. Sandham recently sat down with Gov. Ventura to discuss his selection of Ms. Schunk for lieutenant governor and his priorities for education.

The U.S. Supreme Court will use the redistricting case of a Louisiana school board to decide an important issue under the Voting Rights Act of 1965: whether voting districts that are drawn with a discriminatory purpose can be rejected even if they don't leave minority voters worse off than before.

House and Senate lawmakers announced plans to give states more flexibility over how they spend federal school aid last week, as the House began the process of renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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Justice Dept. Evaluating Mascot Complaint

The Department of Justice's civil rights division is evaluating whether the Buncombe County, N.C., school district has discriminated against Native American students after parents filed a complaint over one school's Indian mascots. About 1 percent of the district's 24,000 students are Native American.

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