January 26, 2000

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Test scores follow a predictable cycle, researchers have found. They start low, rise quickly for a couple of years, level off for a few more, and then gradually drop over time.
An array of factors has combined to keep the numbers of men in child-care workforce low, from inadequate pay to a widespread belief that men are unsuitable for work with young children. But some experts on early childhood see signs that men are increasingly welcome in the field.
A federal investigation into a survey given by a New Jersey school district is calling attention to a little-known law that requires parental consent before students can be asked about sensitive topics.
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Top officials of the Los Angeles school system proposed last week that the district abandon the unfinished Belmont Learning Center, the long-troubled construction project that, if finished, would be the most expensive public school ever built in the United States.
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Edison Schools Inc. has renewed contracts to manage public schools in four cities, but it is ending its relationship with a Texas district for financial reasons.
  • Discrimination Probe Begins in North Carolina District
  • Retirement Lottery in Colo.
  • Diploma Seals Challenged
  • Fla. School Bans Hot Dogs
  • E-mail Prompts Suspensions
  • Bill Would End Bilingual Ed.
  • Long Journey Home
  • Teen Acquitted of Conspiracy
  • Pagan Teacher Suspended
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After an exhaustive search for a new schools chief, the Detroit school board deadlocked last week over its two finalists, bringing to a boil the resentment and anger that have simmered in the city for nearly a year about who controls local schools.
Some 400,000 teachers worldwide will be trained to apply computers and Windows-based software to classroom lessons, under a three-year philanthropic initiative led by Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., both companies announced last week.
  • Mississippi To Receive $100 Million Gift for Reading
  • Quality Attraction
  • Ad Blitz
While all stripes of schools are struggling to fill certain teaching positions, the nationwide teacher-recruitment crunch has hit hardest those districts already challenged by the largest numbers of at-risk students, according to a new report.
  • Data From Free Computer Labs Raise Privacy Concerns
  • Civic Commitment
Early last month, Henry Marockie, the longtime state superintendent of schools in West Virginia, was one of two finalists for the top job in the Clark County, Nev., school district. A few days later, Mr. Marockie's candidacy was dead. A few days after that, federal, state, and local officials had launched investigations into his financial affairs.
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Ohio lawmakers are bracing for a state supreme court decision that will tell them whether they can carry on with their current method of paying for schools, keep only parts of the system, or scrap the setup altogether.
Gov. Roy Barnes' plan for improving the Georgia education system is being called bold and far-reaching. But some education leaders and associations are having trouble swallowing some of the details of the package.
  • Alaska
  • Indiana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
Citing evidence that many of Florida's novice teachers feel ill-prepared for their jobs, Sunshine State officials are proposing a wide range of new requirements for the state's schools of education.
From after-school-grant awards to budget priorities, Vice President Al Gore has repeatedly been on hand in recent months to announce education news from the White House.
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Expanded access to higher education, a new program of teacher training, and increased funding for small schools are among the items that President Clinton plans to promote in his State of the Union Address and fiscal 2001 budget proposal.
The public schools will be interested bystanders as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether the Boy Scouts of America has a First Amendment right to exclude homosexuals.
The federal government would like to know just how much breakfast helps students, and to find out, it is launching a pilot program that will provide the morning meal free to participating schools.
One school in Arizona is a safe haven for homeless children. The faculty and staff make food, medicine, and hugs part of the syllabus, even though they know that students present one day may be gone the next. However, national advocates for the homeless argue that any school that isolates such children from others is misdirected and violates federal policy.
Critics of Title I call it a failure because it has not totally eliminated the achievement gap between minority and white children or between poor and more affluent students. But, the author says, Title I is a success, not a failure.
This former state commissioner of education shares a simple strategy he says can avert the looming teacher shortage catastrophe.
After the authors observed dozens of programs in action, interviewed hundreds of teachers and students, and analyzed thousands of surveys, they say one lesson is clear: Not many people agree on what a good citizen does.
  • Biography
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Testing & Assessment
  • Curriculum & Methods
  • Gender Issues
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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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