October 6, 1999
Vol. 19, Issue 06
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In the aftermath of the deadliest school shooting in American history, the FBI is poised to weigh in on helping educators tighten up security and identify the traits that can lead students to violence. But some of the very people the federal agency intends to assist are troubled by the bureau's involvement and the techniques it employs to detect potential criminals.
The U.S. Department of Education is set this week to confer its seal of approval on 10 programs for teaching mathematics to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
More American students have mastered basic skills in writing than in reading, national test results released here last week show, but few can write precise, engaging, and coherent prose appropriate to their grade levels.
Teaching was paramount at last week's education summit, as state leaders confronted the challenges of making standards real in classrooms.
The College Board, the nonprofit organization that sponsors the SAT and Advanced Placement tests, has announced plans to launch its first for-profit subsidiary.
A new report questioning standardized tests' reliability adds to a growing debate about the use of tests for important decisions such as student promotion or teacher pay, illustrating the point that even the best tests are not perfect.
- Pa. Teachers Prepared To Strike Past Deadline
- Suit Filed Over Prayer Clubs
- Foundation To Aid Urban Schools
- Gay and Lesbian PTSA Formed
- Kinkel Pleads Guilty to Murder
- Teachers' Credit Union Closed
- Detroit Teachers OK Contract
- Drug Search Ruled Unreasonable
- Teens Accused of Counterfeiting
- $50 Million Aids Indiana Schools
None of the most widely used middle school science textbooks is adequate to teach students fundamental concepts, a study released last week concludes. Includes the scores of nine popular science textbooks for middleschoolers.
A second round of research on the latest federal reading-test results suggests that Kentucky's 1998 scores represented a statistically significant increase over 1994 after all, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
The U.S. Department of Education last week awarded its first-ever grants to support the establishment of community technology centers. Includes the list of grant recipients.
To get a parking space at Nicolet High School, students must meet three criteria: have a C-plus average, be involved in a school- or community-based activity, and carpool. Those satisfied, the school outside Milwaukee adds another requisite: Each student must pony up $100 a semester for his or her privileged space.
Whether a school is private or public has little to do with how well it selects and retains good teachers or provides accountability to parents, according to a study of 16 California elementary schools released last week.
- 'Upstart' Teach for America Turns 10
- Union Sales Pitch
- Tailored Training
- Reading by Research
- Anti-Cheating Campaign
A broad-based coalition began a multimedia campaign last week that aims to stop intolerance and promote an appreciation of diversity among middle school students.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Arlington County, Va., district cannot use racial preferences as part of a lottery to determine who attends a popular alternative school.
- Hispanics' Salary Gap Linked to College Lag
- Education Disparities
- Combating Intolerance
- Teenage Girls
- Post-High-School Advice
- Middle School Standards
- School Improvement
- School Bus Safety
Nearly two-thirds of the nation's public schools are coordinating community-service activities for their students, and one-third are providing service-learning programs, according to a federal report released last week.
North Dakota and several U.S. territories are back in, but Alaska and South Dakota are still out, and Vermont is a maybe.
As an Oct. 12 vote nears on whether to create a state lottery for Alabama, both advocates and foes of the plan are looking no farther than neighboring Georgia to make their case.
Several districts in Washington state have brushed aside a salary plan for teachers that the state crafted last spring to favor young teachers, and instead are "evening out" the pay increases among all of their teachers.
- Calif. Appeals-Court Ruling Bolsters Proposition 227
- Md. Considers School Takeovers
- Texas To Probe Districts' Records
- U.S. Intervenes in Kansas Funding Suit
Accountability is expected to play a central part in the emerging debate this year and next over reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The trouble is figuring out exactly what accountability means. And that depends on whom you ask.
In one of the most significant cases of the new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of a federal aid program that reaches religious schools in the form of computers, instructional equipment, and library books. The outcome of the case will have implications for government programs at the local, state, and federal levels that aid students in religious schools.
Senate appropriators quickly pushed through a plan last week that would give a higher-than-expected boost to education spending in fiscal 2000 while restructuring programs to prevent school violence and hire new teachers.
The Mars Millennium Project, the primary education initiative from the White House Millennium Council, asks K-12 students to design a village for 100 transplanted humans on Mars in 2030.
- McCain Pitches Plan To Cut Subsidies, Fund Vouchers
The House Education and the Workforce Committee plans to vote this week on three items that could largely determine the course of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization.
They are the Rodney Dangerfields of teaching, the bottom of education's food chain. But subs are fighting back and demanding benefits, better pay, and, of course, respect.
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Scott Thompson confesses that he disagrees with critiques that all standards-based reform efforts are "one size fits all."
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What's the difference between a trained and an educated teacher? What is an educated person? Anne Spencer shares her thoughts.
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The so-called teacher shortage has been misdiagnosed, John Merrow argues. Education's real problems lie within the system that is already in place.
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FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)
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