February 9, 2000

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Two new reports argue that the nation has yet to meet the challenge of providing high-quality child care to a broad spectrum of children. Includes: "The View From the White House,""A Look at Welfare Reform," and "Updating the Big Picture."
As policymakers consider ways to raise minority enrollment in college without using race as a factor in admissions, their eyes have been on Texas and its "10 percent" solution.
Some studies have soured many on milk's nutritional value, especially for minority children.
In a groundbreaking twist on states' efforts to turn around failing schools, Maryland education officials decided last week to seize control of three Baltimore elementary schools and turn them over to for-profit management later this year.
After weeks of wrangling over how to structure the District of Columbia's school governance, a series of 11th-hour disapprovals and dashed agreements left frustrated city officials little closer last week to rebuilding their school board than they were when the effort began.
  • Former Superintendent Steps in for Schools Chief
  • Students Die in Plane Crash
  • Ky. Teachers Want 'Evolution'
  • L.A. Teachers Caught Cheating
  • Mississippi First in Paddling
  • Girls Face Assault Charges
  • Children Learn About Work
  • Detroit Veto Power Under Fire
Tesseract Group Inc., a pioneer in the growing business of managing public schools for profit, is facing a mounting barrage of bad news.
Former U.S. Secretary of Education and two-time presidential candidate Lamar Alexander threw his hat into a different kind of ring last week: He launched a company designed to allow educators to procure school supplies and services over the Internet.
Further bolstering the case for small schools, new research suggests that schools with fewer students significantly outstrip larger schools when it comes to the achievement of low-income children. In fact, say the authors of a study to be released this week, the poorer the student body, the smaller the school should be to maximize student performance.
Career academies don't necessarily raise students' test scores, but they do help at-risk youths stay in school, according to the latest findings from a long-term study conducted by the Manpower Demonstration Research Corp.
If Burdette W. Andrews were a river, his waters would flow straight and sure through the village of Vandercook Lake, beside its two schoolhouses.
Acknowledging that some of its requirements for gauging the academic eligibility of prospective college athletes do not reflect curriculum and instructional trends in U.S. high schools, the ncaa has agreed to expand its view of which courses meet the standards for participation in college sports.
Nonprofit and for-profit organizations today are peddling dozens of "whole school" designs intended to improve student achievement. Now, a blue-ribbon panel has taken on the task of helping schools separate the wheat from the chaff.
Indiana's academic standards are clear, concise, jargon-free, and generally well-aligned with the state's assessments, an independent review has found. But the guidelines for what students should learn in each grade have a low level of rigor compared with those of some other states, content is repeated across and within grades, and the tests are not as challenging as they should be, the analysis concludes.
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty called on federal lawmakers last week to do more to eliminate barriers that prevent homeless children from attending school, and recommended cutting off federal funding for schools that educate such children exclusively.
California auditors released a scathing assessment of the Oakland public schools last week, blasting one of the state's most beleaguered districts for mismanagement and poor student achievement and warning that it is hovering on the brink of serious financial difficulty.
While a recent national survey found that more than one-third of high school students and almost 13 percent of middle school students reported having recently smoked or chewed some form of tobacco, a handful of states have created programs that are helping them to buck the national trend.
A series of articles in Education Week that examined the sexual abuse of students by school employees and the frequent lack of safeguards against such abuse has won the grand prize in the Benjamin Fine Awards for education journalism.
"Remember the Children: Mothers Balance Work and Child Care Under Welfare Reform," a report from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University, offers the following preliminary findings about how families affected by welfare-to-work programs are faring:
"Opening a New Window on Child Care," the report from the National Council of Jewish Women, sets forth the following statement of principles:
President Clinton's child-care and early-childhood-education proposals for fiscal 2001 include the following requests:
Arizona has joined a handful of states and some school districts that use an accountability tool called value-added assessment.
Chicago schools chief Paul G. Vallas said he "gave a little, and got a lot" from a compromise he made with state education officials after threatening not to administer state tests that the district's 430,000 students ended up taking last week.
  • Florida Ed. Dept. Looking Into Bible-History Classes
  • Texas Cracks Down on Class Size
  • 'Chain Gang Charlie' in Fla. Race
  • Va. 'Minute of Silence' Advances
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • North Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
The "math wars" came to Capitol Hill last week during a House hearing on 10 mathematics programs that received the Department of Education's seal of approval last fall.
During the end-game negotiations over the federal budget last year, a new education program was born: the small-schools initiative.
With razzle-dazzle and some lofty goals, a panel created by Congress to explore the Internet's potential uses for education kicked off its public deliberations last week.
Using intervention strategies in early childhood is critical to preventing behavior problems and the need for special education services later, results released last week from a 25-year study on disruptive toddlers show.
President Clinton will nominate Lauress L. Wise II, a researcher who specializes in testing, to become the next federal commissioner of education statistics, the White House announced last week.
A leading Senate Democrat is proposing to help nourish young minds with a plan that would provide "book stamps"—inspired by the federal food stamp program—for low-income families with small children.
  • Bill Would Forbid All States
    To Allow Bets on School Sports
  • Budget Plan To Address 'Digital Divide'
  • NSBA Recommends Changes to Title I
Relics of the Industrial Age, coal-fired boilers provide the primary source of heat in about 130 New York City Schools. A look down-under.
Gary Sykes, David Arsen, and David Plank examine public school choice policies under way in the state of Michigan.
Younger and older brains clearly differ, but there is no proof that such differences have any significant effect on learning a second language, argues Brad Marshall.
Foundations possess the flexibility, efficiency, and trust no longer associated with government that can help initiate and sustain large-scale school reform, says Richard H. Hersh.
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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