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Thousands of other Internet-savvy students are taking advantage of a growing number of online tutoring services and homework-help sites. But while many of the students—and their parents—seem generally pleased with the services, little is known about their effect on academic performance.
Bashing teachers' unions never goes out of style in education. But when the complaints started flying thick and fast at a recent meeting in Los Angeles, the malcontents weren't business leaders or politicians. Rather, they were union leaders themselves.
The final budget proposal of President Clinton's administration would dramatically step up federal spending on education, with generous boosts for some of his favorite programs and money to support a variety of new ones.
Faced with a backlash from educators who say students spend too much time taking tests, seven states have failed to live up to their promises to take part in the federal assessment program this year, and six others may also have to drop out.
The Gay-Straight Alliance at El Modena High School in Orange, Calif., met for the first time last week, following a ruling by a federal judge ordering the local school board to recognize the group.
While opponents of the club demonstrated outside the high school, a club for gay students and their supporters met for the first time last week at El Modena High School in Orange, Calif., just days after a federal judge ordered the local school board to recognize the controversial student group.
Departments
A voluminous new audit of the Milwaukee voucher program has heartened supporters of the initiative, but also prompted renewed calls to increase state monitoring of participating schools.
The U.S. Army hopes to recruit as many as 6,000 dropouts who would earn high-school-equivalency diplomas during their time in the military, under a three-year pilot program announced this month.
Departments
  • Suit Against Denver District Dismissed by Appeals Court
  • L.A. School Groups Merge
  • Fatal Fight Prompts Legal Action
  • Oakland Names New Chief
  • Arson Damages Texas School
  • La. School for Deaf Investigated
  • Asbestos Scare Closes School
  • Fire Spares Scopes Collection
  • Pa. District Halts Religious Music
  • Calif. District Draws Court Fire
Departments
The twin desires to pursue alternative visions of schooling and better serve students with special needs are driving an increase in charter schools across the country, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Department of Education.
Standard and Poor's, a Wall Street company that provides independent financial analyses and credit ratings for businesses and school districts, is offering a service that will enable states to link data about financial expenditures with academic results and compare performance across districts.
A new test, based on criteria for predicting college success devised by the Posse Foundation, a New York City-based group that has helped poor and minority students graduate from top institutions over the past decade, judges high school students on their ability to build a robot out of legos.
More minority students are earning high school diplomas, enrolling in higher education, and completing degrees than in years past, an annual study shows. But a gap remains in the rates at which African- Americans and Hispanics on the one hand, and non-Hispanic whites on the other, graduate from both high school and college.
More incentives for schools, educators, and students are needed to pick up the pace of improving public education, the National Alliance of Business advises in a new report.
  • Revitalized Leadership, Instruction Central to Principals' Agenda
Don Cameron, the executive director of the National Education Association, has announced plans to retire early next year, after guiding the country's largest teachers' union through nearly two decades of change and increasing influence.
Started in 1998 with a major investment from Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft Corp., Apex has quickly become the most-talked-about player in the expanding niche of online Advanced Placement instruction.
Legislators in at least 10 states are considering bills that promote the display of the Ten Commandments in schools, and a few of the measures have recently advanced.
Massachusetts education officials are calling it simply an effort at clarification. But some educators say the changes being proposed for the state's 5-year-old mathematics framework represent nothing short of a philosophical shift that propels the state into the middle of a national battle over how the subject should be taught.
Departments
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Michigan Pulls Test Question on the Mideast
    That Jewish and Arab Groups Find Offensive
  • Ruling Upholding Texas Exit Exam Won't Be Appealed
Education is not an issue most people usually associate with Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley called last week for the federal government to spend $80 billion over 10 years to overhaul its efforts to improve failing schools in impoverished areas.
Departments
Two moderate Democratic senators plan to unveil a major education bill that they hope will add momentum to the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and lead to a restructuring of federal K-12 programs.
Substance—not process—is what matters most in education reform, says Thomas J. Sergiovanni.
According to Sheila G. Flaxman, we have lost play as a critically important factor in the normal development of children.
Departments
If schools of education are not producing the teachers we need, asks Martin L. Gross, do we need the schools at all?
Letters
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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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