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Little overlap exists between assessment tests and classroom instruction, a new 10-state study suggests.
Every student at the Mott Hall School in Harlem has a laptop computer, but they don't always use them. Includes "Laptops Academic Effects Remain Unclear."
Powerful national movements to end the automatic promotion of students and to hold students to stricter academic standards have converged to swell the ranks of summer school.
Students at International High School in New York City come from many different countries. Researchers studying immigrant children have found that first-generation students often achieve more educational success than later generations of American-born youngsters. See Story, Page 28.
Departments
An agreement hammered out last week between top state and city officials will give Philadelphia enough money to keep its schools open this summer and avoid a state takeover.
In an effort to boost retention, the San Francisco school system plans to build affordable housing for teachers.
Departments
  • Aftermath of a Slaying
  • L.A. Faces Shortage of Classrooms for Thousands
  • ADHD Student's Expulsion Voided
  • Missouri School for Sale?
  • Grant Given for Brown Research
  • Youngsters Stranded on Buses
  • Seniors Duplicate School Keys
  • Students Dance in the Daylight
  • Baltimore County Deputy Sued
  • Bully Sentenced to Jail
The Tesseract Group Inc., the education management company once known as Education Alternatives Inc., has sold two Arizona charter schools and its for-profit business college in recent weeks in an effort to stem its mounting financial losses.
Mercury is on the minds of Michigan educators, following a spate of incidents in which Detroit-area schools were forced to close or seal off parts of their buildings after students were exposed to the dangerous metallic element.
Departments
Some California teachers' union leaders say that Gov. Gray Davis' large allocation for schools in his recent budget has smoothed the political waters.
  • Party Lines
Federal health officials last week released new growth charts designed to help identify weight problems in children early.
Departments
Programs that provide students with laptop computers help improve their attitudes and writing skills, but don't have much effect on standardized-test scores, according to a study expected to be released this month.
A comprehensive study of a Minnesota welfare-reform initiative has found positive effects for children and families, including less poverty, more stable marriages, and better school performance.
Supporters of the effort to bring charter schools to Washington state hit the jackpot late last month when billionaire Paul G. Allen decided to lend his formidable financial clout to their cause.
Departments
California lawmakers should give teachers and schools a chance to make sense of recent changes to the state education system rather than piling on new initiatives, argues a report released last week by a respected think tank.
As Arizona moved closer to placing a California-style initiative to curtail bilingual education on its statewide ballot in November, activists last week launched an effort to put a similar question before voters next Election Day in Colorado as well.
Efforts by voucher proponents in Massachusetts to repeal the state's ban on public funding of religious schools have suffered twin setbacks, in a federal court and the legislature.
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Bush Nixes Fla. Move To Cap Impact Fees
  • N.J. Consent Bill Advances
An Indiana judge has denied a preliminary injunction that would have barred the state from requiring that seniors in this year's class who have disabilities pass a high school exit test to receive a diploma.
Republican leaders on the House education committee are working on a bill to support school construction and renovation, reversing course on an issue that has been a mainstay of the Democratic agenda.
Departments
Terry K. Peterson, the counselor to Education Secretary Richard W. Riley, says he and his boss tend to think alike.
New research yields surprising achievement patterns among recent immigrants.
Here are some recent and forthcoming books that deal with children from immigrant families:

High-stakes testing reminds Donald B. Gratz of running a race—a race with no official starting line, that is.
School officials and policymakers would do well to consider what exactly will attract the new cadre of teachers. Susan Moore Johnson has a few suggestions.
The "standards" debate in America has been badly miscast as a battle between people who want standards and people who don't. But no serious educator doubts the need to assess student learning in schools, claims Jonathan Zimmerman. The real issue has always been how to assess this learning.
Letters
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