August 4, 1999
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The U.S. Department of Education's shot at defining high-quality teacher-preparation programs has left many in the higher education community steaming.
As soon as politeness permits, Alan D. Bersin leaves his adult escorts and bends over to a 2nd grader.
Using PowerPoint presentation software, Le Whitton puts the finishing touches on a computer "slide show" she has created. The topic: Why teachers at Flanagan (Ill.) Elementary School, where Ms. Whitton is the principal, should take the same technology-training course that she is completing.
N.M. To Manage Finances
Of Santa Fe School System
A story about school construction in urban districts in the July 14, 1999, issue of Education Week misidentified Stan Childress, a Detroit public schools spokesman.
Throughout the long, hot summer days here, children ride their bikes, cool off with a swim in nearby lakes and pools, or play Nintendo.
As a student nervously ponders a question on the SAT, he may believe his choice of filling in A or D will make or break his prospects at the college of his choice.
Child Poverty Continues
With Working Parents:
California schools are violating the state constitution because they fail to give minority students adequate chances to enroll in Advanced Placement courses, the American Civil Liberties Union has charged in a lawsuit.
Judge Michael Martone's smile goes away when asked why he goes to middle and high schools in Michigan to show children the dangers of drinking and driving.
With not much time to spare before the new school year, two big-city districts have filled their top administrative jobs.
Members of the National Commission on Governing America's Schools say they aren't afraid of generating controversy if it means getting the education establishment to think of new ways to run schools.
ECS Members Take Closer Look
At Teaching as a Profession
Members of the Education Commission of the States voiced more questions than answers on how best to raise the stature of teaching as a profession during their annual meeting here.
California Dropping Appeal
Of Proposition 187 Ruling
Gov. Gray Davis of California and civil rights groups announced a deal last Thursday to drop legal challenges to a 1994 voter-approved initiative that sought to end public services, including education, to illegal immigrants.
The following is a summary of the fiscal 2000 state budgets for schools and highlights of education-related action in legislatures. The totals for K-12 education include money for state education administration, but do not include federal, flow-through dollars.
A Republican proposal to restructure federal funding for teacher hiring, professional development, and local reform programs has attracted the support of some congressional Democrats.
President Clinton has named Andrew J. Rotherham, an education policy expert now working with a prominent organization of centrist Democrats, to serve as his White House education adviser for the next six months.
Efforts to improve reading instruction are beginning to take hold, but will continue only if the necessary support is provided, Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley said last week as he unveiled several new resources for teachers, parents, and child-care workers.
Math-Science Teaching Fund
Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley has formed a blue-ribbon panel to recommend ways to improve science and mathematics instruction.
Teachers' aides hired with federal Title I dollars spend more than half their time teaching or helping to teach students, with many conducting a substantial amount of instruction on their own, according to a Department of Education report.
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