October 20, 1999

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In recent years, schools across the United States have faced large increases in the number of students identified as autistic. As those numbers continue to rise, researchers are grappling for answers, while educators pore over their findings for guidance on teaching such students.
A growing number of parents are relying on online courses to make home schooling easier or, in some cases, possible. While most home schooling parents use such courses to supplement their children's learning, some depend on them for a full curriculum.
The term "private school" had only recently entered the lexicon of American education at the end of the 19th century. Earlier in the nation's history, few distinctions were made between institutions based on how they were financed and governed. But when the "common school" arrived on the scene, any school that did not fit that mold suddenly seemed different.
A panel of scholars from education and other fields was scheduled this week to call for a concerted national campaign to close the stubborn achievement gap that separates top-performing black and Hispanic students from their white and Asian-American peers.
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The Los Angeles school board last week shifted oversight of the nation's second-largest school system from Superintendent Ruben Zacarias to a newly appointed chief executive officer, former school board member Howard B. Miller.
CTB/McGraw-Hill knew of possible problems with one of its standardized tests several months earlier than the company previously acknowledged and eight months before its customers were notified, school officials in Indiana said last week.
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  • 'Zero Tolerance' Under Fire in Ill. Expulsion Dispute
  • Educators Recycle Raises
  • N.Y. Reports High Passing Rate
  • Bribery Charges Pending
  • 'Boot Camp' for Hard Cases
  • Campaign Targets Youth Violence
  • Vandalism Leads to Charges
  • State Oversight Extended
  • School Board To Appeal Ruling
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Control of Philadelphia's 210,000-student school district has emerged as a central issue in a close race for mayor between a former Democratic City Council president and a Republican business leader.
Over the past decade, as arts budgets have been squeezed in many districts, advocates have been struggling to re-establish performing arts in the curriculum. Stars of the stage and screen, as well as those in the music world, have been lending their names, talents, and money to help them do so.
A Texas initiative designed to improve the financial management of schools was selected as one of 10 winners of the prestigious Innovations in American Government awards last week.
More than a hundred 2nd and 3rd graders with lightning bolts temporarily tattooed on their foreheads gathered in front of the Montclair Kimberley Academy last week, chanting, "Harry Potter rules."
On the heels of a string of recent funding awards for minority higher education, the National Science Foundation this month announced $42 million in grants to historically black colleges and universities for efforts to enhance diversity in scientific and technical fields.
  • Online 'Portals' Open a Window to the Web for Teachers
Some lawmakers and activists are asking if the federal government should step up its efforts to underwrite research and give better guidance on the possible links between autism and environmental factors.
Alabama voters surprised many observers last week by rejecting their governor's plan to create a new state lottery to pay for education initiatives.
The Kansas board of education last week ordered a rewrite of its controversial science standards, but the revisions still will not address the theory of evolution.
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Wisconsin lawmakers have approved creation of a modified high school graduation test and tucked the provision into the long-awaited 2000-01 biennial budget that the governor is expected to sign within the next two weeks.
California schools will be able to draw on $15 million in grants to pay teachers to visit their students' homes after school and on weekends, under a program signed into law this month by Gov. Gray Davis.
  • Va. Eyes Flexible Approach to Accountability
  • Special Session in Delaware To Focus on Teachers
  • Mass. To Rate Schools Based on State Test Scores
  • Report Slams Calif. Basic-Skills Test for Teachers
Charges that the Department of Justice has effectively stymied the growth of charter schools through its subjective enforcement of federal desegregation orders came to the fore last week during an oversight hearing by a House judiciary subcommittee.
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The House Education and the Workforce Committee overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan plan last week to reauthorize the $8 billion Title I program for disadvantaged students. The panel made only minor adjustments to the measure during four days of deliberations.
  • Clinton Announces Efforts To Boost CHIP Enrollment
  • GAO Examines K-12 Spending
  • Schools Request Census Kits
  • Justice Opens Youth-Court Center
  • Anti-Drug Grants Announced
For the third time in a year, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a school choice program involving the participation of religious school students.
In November 1884, America's Roman Catholic bishops assembled in Baltimore for a series of meetings. They debated topics ranging from the appointment of church leaders to the burial of members of their flocks in non-Catholic cemeteries.
As ferocious as today's debate is over private school vouchers, it may be surprising that early in the history of the republic, American religious schools periodically received generous public funding.
Andover has remained true to its mission of building character while preparing students for college.
The benefits of technology lie in a shifting classroom balance that realigns the three essential ingredients of learning: teacher, student, and content, argues Ronald Thorpe.
Dennis L. Evans wants to dismantle and discard the self-centered, "me first" definition of self-esteem.
It's not easy to lead students to take responsibility for their own learning. But one thing is sure: The way we ask them to take that responsibility is key, and we typically don't do a good job of it.
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