June 14, 2000

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After producing a bumper crop of laws aimed at upping the quantity and quality of teachers for the public schools in 1999, state legislators seem headed for a similar harvest this year.
The Los Angeles school board chose former Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado as its new superintendent last week, placing a noneducator for the first time at the helm of the nation's second-largest school district.
Patrick T. Callahan's physics students are as likely to be carrying Seventeen magazine as they are a catalog for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The shifting political power structure in Philadelphia and its school system in recent months culminated last week in the resignation of Superintendent David W. Hornbeck.
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a Los Angeles charter school, has broken with tradition by linking teachers' pay to performance. Diane McDermott, left, believes the system works against classroom veterans, while Carol Howard found it "positive reinforcement." See Story, Page 24.
The school year ended early for nearly 600 Minnesota students when their charter school buckled under mounting financial and political pressure last month and abruptly closed its doors.
The number of charter schools nationwide jumped by 44 percent between 1998 and 1999, according to a report released last week by the Center for Education Reform.
  • N.J. May Return Some Powers to Jersey City
  • Harrisburg Sues Over New Law
  • Ala. County To Bail Out District
  • Chicago Retests 49 8th Graders
  • Charlotte OKs Assignment Plan
  • Pa. School Retains Tax Status
  • Food Vendors Charged in N.Y.C.
  • Fla. District Raises Teacher Pay
Security ranks among the top five concerns among school superintendents, according to a recent survey of the heads of 500 public school districts by American School & University and Access Control & Security Systems Integration magazines. The administrators ranked random violence fourth in importance behind other security issues.
Colleges that rely on glossy brochures and videos to sell their institutions are beginning to seem as outdated as feathered hair and neon-colored clothes. The new style calls for shifting marketing efforts to the Internet, using "virtual" tours, personalized e-mail newsletters, and online admissions.
The number of teenagers engaging in risky behavior has been declining, the Urban Institute says in a report released here last week.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say they have found concrete evidence to back up what child-health experts have known intuitively for years: Students who do not participate in regular physical education or community recreation programs are far more likely to become couch potatoes.
The long-troubled East St. Louis school district is savoring some of its best news in years.
The percentages of students taking top-level mathematics and science courses in high school have soared since the early 1980s, according to new data published by the U.S. Department of Education this month.
What's the difference between instruction in a typical middle or high school English classroom and one that produces better-than-average learning?
  • In Short
  • Dispute Over Crayons Leaves Suspended Teacher Red-Hot
  • Drug and Tobacco Testing
Days away from a court-imposed deadline, legislators in New Jersey were closing in on a plan last week that could provide as much as $12 billion for local school construction projects. Yes, $12 billion.
Gov. Jane Dee Hull's $450 million education plan for Arizona appeared to have a lot going for it last week on the opening day of a special legislative session.
  • Illinois
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
On paper, both leading presidential candidates support increasing the number of charter schools, but Vice President Gore has given the appearance of trying to keep his distance on the issue.
Sen. James Jeffords' position as a moderate Republican has greatly complicated his tenure as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
In a ruling with potential ramifications for education, the U.S. Supreme Court last week strongly reaffirmed the constitutional right of parents to make decisions about the upbringing of their children.
Teacher-compensation systems are much the same as they have been for the past half-century. Has the time come for performance-based pay? Includes: "Paying for Performance," a look at one pay-for-performance plan.
The school district can be a powerful player in helping all schools reach higher standards. But for most districts, write Karen Hawley Miles and Ellen Guiney, making the necessary changes in professional-development practices requires giving up long-established habits.
A long-time teacher and admininstrator presents his list of the major developments contributing to the decline of public education over the last 50 years.
Will new technologies like distance learning, online provision of instruction, home schooling, and charter schools always be marginal, or will they threaten the mainstream product?
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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