September 29, 1999

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Years of dismal test scores, leadership turnover, and dwindling enrollment have left some in Michigan wondering whether the Inkster school district will--or should--survive.
The organizers of the third national education summit in 10 years face a problem their predecessors did not. They don't have a slogan that can fit on a bumper sticker.
The Texas graduation exam, one of the country's best-known high-stakes assessments, is being put to a test that could have national repercussions.
A national testing company's error that mistakenly landed more than 8,000 New York City students in summer school has affected test results in at least five other states.
Departments
Schools remained closed or converted to temporary shelters last week as flooding from Hurricane Floyd left large areas of the East Coast under water more than a week after the storm had passed.
The Los Angeles schools have sued the law firm that represented the district in its purchase of land for the Belmont Learning Complex, following a scathing report on the $200 million project that claims widespread negligence and malfeasance.
  • Ariz. Court Agrees District Liable for Bus-Stop Injuries
  • Parents Sue Over Uniform Policy
  • Charlotte Buys Sites for Schools
  • Conn. Sues Charter Founder
  • School Returns Christian Texts
  • Violence Data To Go Online
  • Cat Burned in Homecoming Fire
  • Death
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The National Science Teachers Association, the National Research Council, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science released a statement saying they had denied copyright permission for the Kansas board to reprint sections of their national standards.The announcement reversed an earlier tentative decision to grant permission.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended last week that the federal government undertake a major review of school bus safety within two years in light of recent accidents and changes in technology since 1977.
Despite contentions that vouchers drain public schools of their best and brightest students, researchers engaged in a multiyear study of an experimental program in Texas claim to have found little evidence of such "creaming." The results, however, haven't settled the question for voucher critics, who interpret the results differently.
The sponsor of the SAT and the testing service that administers it appear to be at odds over the potential uses of forthcoming research on students who, based on such factors as racial, social, or family background, exceed expectations on the widely used college-entrance exam.
A presidential panel and two national newspaper associations are teaming up to inform teachers and students about the Year 2000 computer glitch.
Departments
  • Assessment Experts Fret Over Limitations
    Of High-Stakes Testing
Funding allocated by the U.S. armed forces to support high school students in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is money well-spent and should be increased, an independent study released last week says.
  • Though Investors See Opportunity
    In Education, K-12 Ranks Low
With the state supreme court soon to consider whether Ohio has lived up to an order to revamp its school funding system, state leaders have turned their attention to fixing aging and rundown public schools.
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Colorado educators and policymakers are grappling with the potential implications of a recent state supreme court ruling on charter schools that highlights tensions between state and local control.
  • Judge OKs Parent Lawsuits Under Proposition 227
  • Teacher Requirements Stiffened
  • Durant Resigns From Mich. Board
  • Standards Stalled in Illinois
  • Calif. Law Limits School Deals
House appropriators took their first steps toward crafting an education budget late last week, approving on a party-line vote a Republican plan that is about $200 million shy of education spending levels for this year.
Vouchers again emerged as a contentious topic on Capitol Hill as members of the House Budget Committee, several prominent lawmakers, and philanthropists probed ways to enhance school performance last week.
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Special education advocates are raising red flags about proposed amendments to a juvenile-justice law that would give administrators much greater authority to expel students with disabilities who bring weapons to school.
  • Rep. Miller Introduces Legislation To Guard Privacy Rights
    Of Students and Families
  • HUD Awards Partnership Grants to Colleges
  • Dole Unveils K-12 Policies at Massachusetts School
The focus in state education finance has shifted to the issue of "adequacy." Includes: "Price Tag on Improvement: $32.2 Billion."
Can reason be taught in an age that asks so little of us?
There are many explanations for bad behavior. But one group that has not taken any responsibility for behavioral problems is the educational reformers who have spent the last 16 years tearing down the credibility of teachers.
Statistical sampling has dominated the political debate, but new ways of designating "race" will confound the schools, argues Harold Hodgkinson.
While policymakers aren't the only ones who conveniently ignore uncomfortable facts and statistics, it is dangerous when they craft public policy on the basis of cherry-picked research. Their uninformed mandates can force conformity on millions of people in one fell swoop.
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