March 29, 2000

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Black and Hispanic students in schools run by the U.S. Department of Defense outside the United States do better than their counterparts almost anywhere in the U.S. on NAEP.
Catholic schools are increasingly moving to a cost-based model—where parents who can afford it are asked to pay more.

More teachers are buying liability insurance in the event they are accused of wrongdoing or end up in court.

What matters to Felicia Messina-D'Haiti is getting a full license to teach middle school art, the job she has come to love since leaving the Smithsonian Institution last year. That a private company is providing her on-the-job training is of secondary importance—at least to her.
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The long-troubled Compton, Calif., schools moved a step closer to independence from state management last week as civil rights advocates and state officials settled a lawsuit claiming the district's 31,000 students had been denied the opportunity to receive an adequate education.
Maryland school officials tapped the for-profit school-management company Edison Schools Inc. last week to restaff and operate three Baltimore elementary schools that are among the state's lowest-performing public schools.
Departments
  • Federal Suit Over Abuse Settled in Massachusetts
  • Storms Hit Ala. School Again
  • Donor Extends K-12 Fellowships
  • Officials Teach During Strike
  • Limits Seen Helping Teen Drivers
  • CDF Tracks Extreme Poverty
  • Selected Characteristics of Persons Under Age 18
    Admitted to State Prison, 1985-97
Departments
Students crouch in the safety position in a hallway of West York Junior High School in Pennsylvania during a tornado drill March 22, as part of Weather Emergency Preparedness Week. The West York Area School District's 2,900 students participated in lessons on what to do if floods, earthquakes, fire, or similar disasters occur while they are at school.e
Many colleges and universities that once viewed home-schooled applicants with skepticism have recently begun to change that outlook, a new survey suggests, with some even going so far as to craft special admissions policies to simplify the assessment process for students who have been taught at home.
Michael P. Farris plods in his cowboy boots through the sticky yellow mud, picks his way up a bald hill, and enters the skeleton of a building that will soon be the center of Patrick Henry College, the nation's first institution devoted to providing higher education to students home-schooled in grades K-12.
Six in 10 Americans believe their public schools are doing a good or excellent job, but that opinion varies depending on the community in which they live, a national survey has found.
Increasing the number of course credits high school students are required to take raises the dropout rate between 3 percent and 7 percent a year, according to a report by economists at Cornell University and the University of Michigan.
  • From Peace Prize Winner,
    Praise for Principals’ ‘Capable Hands’
  • Technology in Small Schools
  • Teacher Quality
  • E-Rate Program Is a Success,
    Case Studies in Four Cities Suggest
  • Ensuring Online Quality
A California district is violating various state and federal laws by neglecting its students who are still learning English, state officials concluded in a report this month.
  • Rx for Education: High-Quality Teachers
  • Policy Mavens Debate
  • Youth Programs Affect Academic Performance
  • Leadership Standards
  • SAT Scores
  • And More
After children outgrow Big Bird and his friends at "Sesame Street," few other TV programs are around to help them through their first years of school. But now, some of the creators of that long-running public-television series are hoping that a new show and new characters will fill the gap and build reading skills in children ages 4 to 7.
Many educators wouldn't hesitate to make a career move that promised an immediate $14,000 a year pay increase. But Jennifer Christiansen says the decision was one of the toughest she's ever made.
Florida school groups are applauding an education budget proposal by the state Senate's Republican leaders that would give districts enough money for an 8 percent increase in teachers' salaries, while providing financial incentives for teachers who agree to serve in the state's lowest-performing schools.
What had been touted as a bold push to raise teacher quality in Kentucky has recently turned into a last-ditch effort to salvage at least part of the plan before the state's regular legislative session wraps up this week.
Departments
  • Georgia Accountability Bill Moves to Governor's Desk
  • Missouri Schools Chief To Retire
  • Utah Sex Education Bill Vetoed
  • Diversity Found in Texas Charters
  • Charters in Pa. Get Mixed Reviews
  • Ohio School Policymakers Chided
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • Nebraska
  • Pennsylvania
The U.S. Supreme Court last week declined an invitation from an array of education groups to use a Maryland case to decide whether school districts may voluntarily consider race in making student assignments. Includes another Supreme Court decision, "FDA Lacks Authority To Regulate Tobacco, Court Rules."
Teachers' unions and school health workers last week championed the Clinton administration's campaign to reverse a recent upswing in the prescription of psychiatric drugs to preschoolers.
Departments
While political leaders from both parties are aiming to raise the stakes for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, some conservatives are mounting a campaign to scale it back.
House Republicans last week ushered through a budget blueprint for fiscal 2001 that calls for raising Department of Education spending by about $2.2 billion, most of it designated for special education.
A pair of House lawmakers have created a bipartisan plan that they hope will break Congress' three-year logjam over federal aid for school construction.
  • Gore, Bush Come Out Swinging on Education
Education for gifted and talented students could receive a renewed focus and a big increase in authorized funding through revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act now being considered in Congress.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow last week to the Clinton administration's efforts to curb youth smoking by ruling that the Food and Drug Administration lacks the authority to regulate tobacco.
A $55 million gift from a Utah businessman has led to a stunning new Catholic school that's in a class by itself.
Reflections on public education and school vouchers.
Sending new science teachers out to challenge their past.
Years ago, the noted anthropologist Harry F. Wolcott wrote a book called The Man in the Principal's Office describing the day-to-day activities of one 1960s-era elementary school principal, Ed Bell.
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