February 2, 2000

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Two months before his death, Mayor Joe Serna stood behind a thin wooden lectern at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School here, and told the crowd gathered that the transformation of Sacramento's schools was something rare and precious.
The teacher-quality initiative and other education proposals President Clinton unveiled in his State of the Union Address last week sounded popular themes that offer appeal to both Democrats and Republicans. Includes "Clinton: New Ideas, Expanded Programs," and excerpts from the Republican response, "GOP: More Money, Local Control."
More than four years into state control of its operations, the troubled Newark school system has developed a $58 million hole in its budget that New Jersey officials are being forced to fill in order to stave off program or salary cuts in the state's largest district.
As the number of states adopting "high stakes" graduation exams continues to grow, so too does the debate over what the trend will mean for students in vocational education.
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Gerry House is leaving her job as the change-minded superintendent in Memphis, Tenn., to lead a New York-based partnership that helps schools strive for better-prepared graduates and fewer dropouts.
Departments
The century-old College Board is putting its prestige behind the budding movement to bridge the "digital divide" separating poor and better-off students, board officials announced last week.
  • L.A.'s Belmont Project Halted by School Board
  • Computer Woes in Austin
  • More Consider Teaching
  • Less Gym Time in Chicago
  • Money Manager Pleads Guilty
  • Bilingual Challenge Defeated
  • Columbine Changes Approved
  • Jostens Learning Changes Name
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New York City principals and assistant principals have agreed to trade in some of their long-standing job security for substantial pay raises, setting the stage for a new era of school management and accountability in the nation's largest school district.
Departments
A surprise snowstorm wreaked havoc last week throughout the Eastern part of the country, shutting down schools from South Carolina to Maine.
After being sidetracked four years ago, ACT Inc. is about to create a national network of computerized-testing centers where it will offer products to help job-seekers learn and demonstrate the skills they need to bolster their careers.
  • Drug Use More Prevalent Among Rural Teenagers, Study Warns
  • Mass Hysteria?
  • Anorexia
When former Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg announced an unprecedented gift of $500 million to public education in December 1993, he intended the money as a challenge to both the public and private sectors to step up financial support of schools. In that, the Annenberg Challenge has succeeded—generating an additional $566 million for 18 school reform projects around the country, a report from its administrators concludes.
  • Boys' Aggressive Behavior Rewarded With Popularity
  • Decline in Spending
  • Black Americans' Views
  • Title I and English Learners
  • Lessons in Improvement
  • Child-Abuse Reports
  • Costs of Underage Drinking
  • Long Odds for Newborns
  • Remedies for Violence
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Juvenile Justice
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In a setback for opponents of one-shot, "high stakes" tests, New York state Commissioner of Education Richard P. Mills last week rejected a bid by about 40 nontraditional schools to substitute individually tailored projects for the English examination the state recently began to require for graduation.
California officials last week ranked most of the state's 8,000 schools from 1 to 10 based on their performance on standardized tests, but softened the blow by telling low-scoring schools: Where you are now is not as important as where you're going to go.
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Kentucky's state auditor is undertaking an investigation into how the department of education spends state and federal money in the wake of the recent indictment of a former top agency official on charges of embezzling more than half a million dollars.
Following a highly publicized daylong sit-in by black state lawmakers, Gov. Jeb Bush has begun a series of hearings on his controversial plan to end race-based admissions in Florida's colleges and universities.
  • Massachusetts
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • N.M. Sets Standards for New Teacher Exam
  • Test Errors Irk Vermont Education Dept.
  • Kentucky Targets Teacher Quality
  • Lose Control and You Lose Your License
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States are failing to enforce the nation's primary special education law, leaving students with disabilities and their parents spending personal time and money to fight for an adequate education, a federal report charges.
The federal government may not withhold approval of voting changes for state and local elections, even for those adopted with a discriminatory purpose, unless the changes would leave minorities in a worse electoral position than before, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week.
The Department of Education gave colleges and states a yearlong extension last week on completing federally mandated report cards detailing how their teacher-preparation programs fare.
In addition to a proposed $1 billion teacher-quality program, President Clinton last week previewed several other major proposed increases in his fiscal 2001 budget, which will be released Feb. 7:
Here are excerpts from President Clinton's State of the Union Address:
Here are excerpts from the Republican response to President Clinton's address by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine:
After-school programs are booming, but research on them is just beginning.
Alan Stoskopf discusses the problems of teaching and learning history in the age of accountability.
Two veteran teachers say we shouldn't blame teachers. We should blame their job.
University of Virginia professor and author E.D. Hirsh Jr. argues that good curriculum-based tests, based on good content standards, are the surest and most democratic means of raising scores on compentency tests and achieving real-world competencies.
  • Development
  • School Choice
  • Higher Education
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