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.

Melanie Reed was about to take a year off from work to spend more time with her two young children when her employer decided to open an on-site child-care center in the hope of keeping professionals like her on the job.

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.

Marion Bolden
Marion Bolden has become the new state-appointed superintendent of the Newark, N.J., public schools. Ms. Bolden has been with the 44,000-student district for 31 years, most recently as the associate superintendent for teaching and learning. She replaces Beverly Hall, who left the state-run district to head the 58,000-student Atlanta public schools.
Efforts to bring teacher testing back to Alabama have kicked up a storm of criticism in the Heart of Dixie this summer, even prompting a gag order against officials involved in the negotiations.
Betty Castor, the president of the University of South Florida and that state's former schools chief, has been chosen to lead the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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.
The Chicago public schools have donated a $1.3 million land parcel to the metropolitan YMCA for a new recreation facility in exchange for memberships for city students.
In a move widely seen as the end of an era, Boston school officials have decided that this coming school year will be the last in which they use race as a factor in determining where students go to school.

Throughout the long, hot summer days here, children ride their bikes, cool off with a swim in nearby lakes and pools, or play Nintendo.

The Edison Project will enter its fourth year of managing public schools this fall with its largest lineup of schools to date and a new round of private investment led by software billionaire Paul G. Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft Corp.
A federal appeals court ruling that a school district cannot be required to police religious expression by students is the latest volley in a long-running legal battle in DeKalb County, Ala.

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.

Teachers' unions and their allies have targeted private-school-choice programs in Florida, Illinois, and Ohio for a new round of legal attacks.
After weeks of heated debate, the Houston school board has approved a policy on multilingual education that has drawn the ire of civil rights advocates and many Latino elected officials.
After numerous scoring glitches and weeks of delay, California late last month released detailed results of student achievement tests.

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.
Officials at 321 colleges and universities that specialize in serving minority students have banded together to form a consortium they hope will turn heads on Capitol Hill and in statehouses around the country.

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.

A recent federal report offers a first-time peek into the classroom practices of nationally representative groups of teachers at all levels of schooling.

With not much time to spare before the new school year, two big-city districts have filled their top administrative jobs.
Educators across Missouri are alternately booing and cheering a new education package that seeks to limit social promotion and features a smorgasbord of initiatives, including early-childhood programs and incentives for new teachers.
Although his state adopted a law this year that requires schools either to implement strict policies on Internet use or to use Internet-filtering software, South Dakota Rep. Mike Koehn remains adamantly against it.

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.

Colorado's education commissioner has dropped his membership in the Council of Chief State School Officers, citing policy differences with the Washington-based group that advocates on behalf of most top state education officials.

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.

Riley Creates
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.

Out of every 10 teachers in this country, fewer than two are serious users of computers and other information technologies in their classrooms (several times a week); three to four are occasional users (about once a month); and the rest—four to five teachers out of every 10—never use the machines at all.
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