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In July of last year, the Pueblo, Colo., school board announced that schools could no longer use classroom aides in their Title I programs. Nearly every study of the 35-year-old Title I program has deemed such aides ineffective. But the debate rages on as supporters of the aides argue that it's the ways aides are used—not the aides themselves—that needs fixing. Includes: "Bessemer Elementary Rises to Success After Testing Trials."
While certain businesses have long profited from education—just think of textbooks, cafeteria food, and school supplies—the new education industry is expanding into the area of instruction itself. Tutoring, college counseling, even running entire schools have all opened up as markets for the private sector. Includes: "For M.B.A.s, Interest Rate in Education Keeps Going Up."
Across the country, school library funding has been inching upward, according to a recent survey. But the situation is far less hopeful in many urban and rural schools, where libraries have suffered years of neglect as a lower priority among competing academic programs and budgetary constraints.
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The nation now has nearly 4,800 teachers who have met the standards for accomplished practice set by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
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The title of Bill Corrow's class is "Conflict in the 20th Century," and that's just what his presence at a Vermont high school has generated.
  • St. Louis Push Is on To Meet Requirements
  • N.M. Boy Charged With Murder
  • Cleveland Vouchers Examined
  • N.J. Film Project Stirs Trouble
  • Fraud in Private Aid Plan Alleged
  • Ore. Certificates Bring Aid
  • Calif. Bus Fumes Called Threat
  • Pokémon Clash in Tucson
  • Columbine Costs Mount
If it weren't for sugar-busting diets, professional wrestlers, and Guinness' annual list of world records, The Educated Child: A Parent's Guide from Preschool Through Eighth Grade would have cracked the top five in Publishers Weekly's list of bestselling nonfiction books in its first week on the shelves.
Under a $15 million initiative signed by Gov. Gray Davis in October, schools throughout California can now apply for state money to pay teachers for overtime spent visiting students' homes.
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The board that oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress has revised its rules to encourage local districts to participate in next year's testing program.
For three years, policymakers and public school critics have been decrying the United States' mediocre performance on a series of international mathematics and science tests. Now, the National Research Council is offering advice to school officials on how to improve the situation.
The NAACP is urging colleges to de-emphasize the use of standardized tests in the admissions process. The group is also asking states to pay for test-preparation programs for minority students.
  • AFT Praises States' Standards Progress
  • Ability Grouping
  • Road to College
  • Financial Lesson
  • Competitive Coalition
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A coalition of education and mental-health organizations is mailing out a new booklet that it says will help teachers and administrators create a safer school environment for gay and lesbian students. The booklet takes direct aim at therapy- and religion-based programs that seek to change individuals' homosexual orientation.
As the education industry grows, some of the nation's business schools—prompted by their own students—are taking note.
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Emerging from one of the most protracted budget negotiations in Massachusetts history, lawmakers there have restored some $90 million in education improvement money to the final state spending plan. Gov. Paul Cellucci had slashed that funding from a House-Senate compromise package passed only a week earlier.
Wisconsin educators would be required to submit professional-development plans, work with mentors, and undergo reviews by their peers to obtain licenses to teach in the state under a controversial plan now under consideration in the legislature.
One of the more controversial ideas to emerge from Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform commission is to provide students an escape hatch from low-performing public schools through a state-financed voucher program. Another is establishing an education accountability agency within the governor's office.
As members of Congress returned to their home districts last week after wrapping up work on a new federal budget, they left behind an unfinished agenda for reauthorizing the nation's main K-12 law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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Texas Gov. George W. Bush's campaign proposal to make Head Start a Department of Education program is getting a cool reception from advocates for the 34-year-old preschool program for low-income children.
  • Fiscal 2000 Spending Bill Passes Senate;
    Heads to White House for Clinton's Signature
  • Fritschler Sworn In as Assistant Secretary
When Colorado released the results of its first state assessments in 1996, Bessemer Elementary School was ranked dead last in the state.
Since venturing into computerized testing, the ETS has faced budget deficits and critics who claim the venerable testing service jumped prematurely into the market.
The case for making vocational education part of our school reform plans.
Could civic participation do as much as metal detectors to safeguard our young people?
Trapped between top-down and bottom-up expectations, schools need a governance system attuned to both accountability and entrepreneurship. Margaret C. Wang and Herbert J. Walberg suggest that this might be accomplished by devolving much authority to the school level.
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