February 23, 2000

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Students at a high school in rural North Carolina who once would not have considered college are posting strong SAT scores.
Citing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, thousands of parents sue their school districts and states every year.
The nation's kindergartners come from increasingly diverse backgrounds, but most are healthy, get along well with their classmates, seem eager to learn.
Into this gritty city by the San Francisco Bay rode Jerry Brown, past the boarded-up shops and paint-chipped schools, welcomed like a savior by the droves who sent him to City Hall in hopes that they had found their great fixer. Includes the interview "'OK, So You Want To Know My School Program?'"
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New England's public high schools will have to flex more academic muscle to maintain their accreditation under new evaluation standards that focus less on administrative minutiae and more on teaching and learning.
Unable to stem a steady exodus of students from their classrooms, leaders of a small urban district in Michigan decided last week to hire Edison Schools Inc. to run all of their schools.
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  • Reform Project Relocating to University of Connecticut
  • Jury Rejects Bias Claim
  • School Bus Kills 5-Year-Old
  • D.C. Restricts Game Entry
  • Mass. Principal Steps Down
  • Software Piracy Alleged
  • N.C. Starts Anti-Violence Plan
  • 4th Grade Harassment Alleged
  • Columbine Mourns Again
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The tremor of fear that rippled through the "dot-com" community this month after computer hackers attacked and shut down several popular commercial Web sites also buffeted officials who watch over school data networks.
While nearly every school in the United States is now connected to the Internet, the most impoverished schools are falling further behind when it comes to online access in classrooms, according to a federal study released last week.
Charter schools in Michigan are failing to use their freedom from state and local regulations to forge new directions in public education, according to a report released last week by Michigan State University.
Leading professional and education groups announced a campaign last week to improve American students' scientific literacy.
A state audit says the public school system in Harvard University's backyard is far behind other Massachusetts districts in adopting state accountability requirements.
Harvard University's graduate school of education has raised more than $111 million with its first comprehensive capital campaign. The amount, which school officials said last week was the largest sum ever raised by a U.S. school of education from private and public sources, far surpassed the original goal of $60 million.
Here are some excerpts from Staff Writer Catherine Gewertz's interview Feb. 7 with Mayor Jerry Brown of Oakland, Calif., on the state of the city's schools and his bid to win greater control over the district.
Following the lead of Texas and California, New York education officials are proposing to rate all schools on how well their students do in passing state tests.
A recent decision by Illinois education officials to hire a top Washington lobbying firm to pursue more federal funding for the state is raising eyebrows among observers both inside and outside the Capital Beltway.
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Faced with a budget deficit that is clouding the future of Wyoming schools, Gov. Jim Geringer used his State of the State Address last week to call for imposing one new tax, raising another, and extending the life of a third.
The Florida board of regents voted 12-0 late last week to ban race and gender as factors in college admissions and replace it with a program guaranteeing high achievers automatic admission to the state's 10 public colleges and universities.
  • Calif. Acknowledges Flaws in School Ranking Effort
  • ECS Seeking 'Corporate Partners'
  • Mass. Shortening 4th Grade Test
  • Okla. Evolution Disclaimer Halted
  • Phony Names Alleged in Ky. Case
The debate about teacher quality, one of the hottest education topics on Capitol Hill this year, is spreading to the presidential campaigns.
As Congress begins to scrutinize the details in President Clinton's new budget request, the Department of Education is not the only place to look for federal dollars that target precollegiate education.
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The House Education and the Workforce Committee approved plans to revise the federal impact-aid and Even Start programs last week, completing two more pieces of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization.
  • Poll: Education Tops List
    Of Voters' Concerns
Teachers at Paterson Public School No. 2 are trying out a new teaching method, borrowed from the Japanese, that may help a wide range of students grasp mathematical concepts.
The case for school choice is no longer built on abstract economic models, claims Joseph P. Viteritti, a research professor of public administration in the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University in New York City.
According to Robert DuBlois, public school systems should take a broader view of cost-effectiveness and consider the benefits of creating more small, alternative schools.
Is more computer time, and more money spent on classroom computer equipment, asks Larry Cuban, really adequate to prepare students to compete in the job market?
The authors of Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform argue that the "reform mill" squeezes the moral life out of civic-minded reforms with its unyielding attachment to technical and rational processes.
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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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