October 13, 1999

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An unusual degree of intervention into the daily lives of teachers and students marks the latest push by leaders of the Chicago school district to lift achievement in the 430,000-student system.
The first incarnation of the National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching has come to an end. NPEAT, as it is known, will not request a third year of funding from the $23 million the U.S. Department of Education had extended under a five-year contract--a decision that leaves some researchers without money to finish their projects on teaching quality.
After decades of resistance, the barriers holding back the idea of paying teachers based on how well they do their jobs may finally be weakening.
Plant City High School was among 88 of Florida's 389 high schools cited this past school year by the state education department for not having the same athletic opportunities available to girls and boys. The designation has forced the schools to take a hard look at virtually every aspect of their sports programs.
College-tuition rates rose less than 5 percent for the 1999-2000 school year, while the amount of aid available to students in the last academic year increased 4 percent to a record $64 billion, according to two reports released last week by the College Board.
The profile of the typical new teacher has shifted dramatically in the past 15 years as older people have decided to pursue teaching, a survey released last week found.
  • Race-Based Transfer Denial Is Overturned on Appeal
  • Wait for Schedules Ends
  • Mayoral Takeover Prevails
  • Yonkers Strike Settled
  • Students Play Choking Game
  • Substitute Surprise in N.Y.C.
  • Columbine Video Shelved
  • Detained Girl's Parents Sue
  • School Officer Dies in Struggle
  • Tribal Colleges Get Millions
The Accelerated Schools project, one of the oldest and most popular "brand name" models in the school improvement field, is looking for a home. At the same time, Henry M. Levin, who founded Accelerated Schools while at Stanford University, is reducing his role in the program.
A lawsuit that aims to remove controversial Waldorf education practices from two Northern California school districts will go forward after a federal judge refused the districts' efforts to have the case dismissed.
A legal settlement over Odyssey of the Mind, one of the nation's most popular academic competitions, has split the creative problem-solving contest into two separate and competing organizations.
Students may need to know at least some English to take the NAEP Spanish test, the national assessment's first exam in a foreign language.
A $1.7 billion food program that serves more than 2 million children is under the microscope of the U.S. Department of Agriculture after a nationwide audit uncovered widespread fraud and abuse.
  • Head Lice Resistant To Commonly Used Insecticide
  • Concussions
  • Violence Study
Despite the excitment generated by the victories of the U.S. women's soccer team in the World Cup this past summer, gender inequities continue to be pervasive in the world of sports, especially in K-12 schools.
The Mississippi Association of Educators did something recently that had never happened before: The state's largest teachers' union endorsed a Republican for lieutenant governor.
Leaders of the New Mexico school board don't want to be compared to Kansas anymore.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has all but shut the door on two lawsuits challenging the state's school funding system, ruling that the issue belongs in the legislature and not the courts.
Maintaining for now most aspects of a compromise brokered by Republican and Democratic leaders, the House Education and the Workforce Committee spent much of last week considering a largely bipartisan plan for reauthorizing the biggest federal program for K-12 education.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to take up appeals involving two important education issues: tax credits for religious school tuition and drug testing of teachers. Its denials left two such programs in place.
  • Bush Outlines Broad Testing Plan for Schools
The Department of Education is stepping up its efforts to tackle one of the toughest challenges in the national push for school improvement: bringing change to high schools and middle schools.
The Senate late last week approved an increase of roughly $1.7 billion increase for the Department of Education's budget in fiscal 2000, eclipsing both the Clinton administration's proposal and a version approved by the House Appropriations Committee.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week asked the Clinton administration for its views on two cases in which Hispanic voters in Texas charge that their local at-large school board elections violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Though schools in South Carolina's Allendale County had been on the slide for years, a combination of political factors set the stage for takeover this past summer: the election of a new state schools chief, the power given state officials by a new accountability law, and a new governor elected on a platform that emphasized education. In August, the state superintendent declared a state of emergency.
One of the clear choices policymakers are making about time in school is to use increasing amounts of it to test what children are learning. Changing the pace of school is the clearest, simplest, and most straightforward way to improve it.
When it comes to children, goals-setting is more appropriate for parents and community groups than for distant policymakers. It would make sense to end the Goals 2000 experiment in 1999 and start fresh with locally driven reform.
As Americans take stock of the successes and shortcomings of our education system at the close of a decade of reform, the most important achievements may be ones we take for granted: We know what we want, and we know where we stand. Two governors assess a decade of national education goals.
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