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The Kansas board of education guaranteed that the battle over teaching evolution ended the 20th century with a bang.

The federal testing program has been a tool akin to a ruler for 30 years.
At a time when state officials are under increasing pressure to implement high-stakes assessments, they turn to the same pool of testing contractors—regardless of some embarrassing glitches—because of the dominance of a few large companies.
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation unveiled a $350 million gift last week to finance four initiatives over three years to improve K-12 public and private schools nationally, with a special focus on Washington state.
In a lawsuit believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the former superintendent of the Beverly Hills, Calif., schools claims that the district accused him of financial wrongdoing to justify firing him and to cover up the real reason for his dismissal: He is gay.
  • Pa. District To Post Religious Documents
  • Cleanup Proves Costly in Wash.
  • Alleged Hazing Leads to Charges
  • Fla. Checking Calculator Glitch
  • Drawings in Ill. Test Questioned
  • Youth Imprisonment on the Rise
  • Mass. Cites Testing Irregularities
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A man suspected of assaulting boys at residential high schools in New York and New Jersey has been arrested and charged, bringing relief to area boarding school officials but also leaving them wondering what, if any, measures they could take to ensure that such attacks do not happen again.
  • Teacher-Preparation Programs Need Retooling,
    Standards Board Says
For the past 13 years that he has worked in the Vashon Island school district in Washington state, Monte L. Bridges has taken a ferry to work.
Articles on testing, desegregation, and early-childhood education are among the winners of the 1999 National Awards for Education Reporting, announced last week by the Education Writers Association.
Employees and supporters of the Gettysburg National Military Park are gearing up for a live satellite broadcast from the Pennsylvania battlefield to schools across the country on May 3, when 4th through 8th graders can travel back in time to the battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.
New American Schools, which for nearly a decade has worked to create and perfect models for redesigning entire schools, is turning its attention to making sure the providers of those designs have access to the financial capital they need to expand.
The conference was billed as "a new kind of dialogue" over school vouchers, designed to break the stalemate between hardened policy positions. But the panelists gathered here last week found no room for rapprochement.
African-American students in the elementary grades may have the most to gain from scholarship programs that let children switch from public schools to private ones, suggest two new studies co-written by voucher researcher Paul E. Peterson.
The type of child care used by families and the number of hours young children are in care varies tremendously across the states, according to research the Urban Institute is releasing this week.
  • Defining Quality Child Care Proving Elusive, Experts Say
A federal appeals court has reinstated a 23-year-old desegregation case against the Kansas City, Mo., schools, ruling that the judge who dismissed it in November did so with insufficient evidence that the district had improved enough to justify its release from court supervision.
  • A Fine Line Between Dangerous
    And Harmless Student Expression
The debate over how, and whether, to teach evolution boils down to the fact that any explanation of how life originated relies on theory, faith, or both.
  • Boston To Revamp Staff Development
  • Framing Math
  • African 'Blackboard'
  • Award-Winning Lessons
  • Sounding Off for Music
While policymakers debate whether the nation’s "report card" should be a piece of the federal accountability puzzle, some governors are pushing for more frequent administration of the exams.
Colorado schools would receive two letter grades—one based on their state test scores and the other on their safety records—under an education improvement measure working its way through the legislature.
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The Texas state comptroller styles herself as "one tough grandma" as well as a fiscal conservative. She lamented on the stump that only "52 cents out of every education dollar is going into the classroom" in the Lone Star State, and vowed to be its "education watchdog."
In what some observers are calling an unprecedented effort to raise badly needed funds, the state schools chiefs from four Southern states are banding together to seek more money for education from private and federal sources. Their first order of business: prekindergarten.
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Louisiana Parents Sue To Block State’s Use of Test Scores To Promote or Retain Students
  • Democratic Legislator Enters Florida Chief’s Race
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Federal spending on education research would see a sizable increase under the fiscal 2001 budget proposal President Clinton delivered to Congress last month, though the level would remain far below that recommended by a White House panel three years ago.
The Senate passed a bill to expand education-savings accounts late last week, forwarding an election-year priority for Republicans that faces a firewall of resistance from the White House.
The Department of Education has issued guidance to help districts use $134 million in new Title I funds designated for turning around failing schools.
Hutterites have never seen much point to sending their children to high school or college. Now, the future of this traditional Christian sect may depend on this practice. Includes "Hutterite History."
Hutterites have lived in the United States since 1874, but they are unknown to most Americans.
Kevin Ryan and Karen Bohlin maintain that targeted preparation on character development and the teaching of core ethical values is missing from teacher education.
Would residential charter schools counter urban underachievement?
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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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