June 21, 2000

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States are working feverishly to meet a July 1 deadline for creating systems for alternative assessment for students with disabilities.
Administrators face difficulties in defining—let alone investigating—cheating in the age of high-stakes testing.
Critics warn that free Internet services used by schools give companies an opportunity to gather detailed personal information from children.
State efforts to motivate students to take schooling seriously are showing up on the diplomas and transcripts of the class of 2000.
African-American and Hispanic students continue to be suspended and expelled from public schools at higher rates than their white counterparts, according to new data released last week.
  • USDA To Toughen Safety After Ground Beef Recall
  • Denver Taps Interim Chief
  • Teachers Temporarily Halt Strike
  • District Sued Over Camp Fliers
  • Panel Splits on L.A. Breakup
  • Vandalism Probed in Calif.
  • Okla. Boy Convicted in Shooting
  • Birmingham To Get Elected Board
  • Report Card on Children
  • Death
The National Education Association plans to weigh in on the sensitive issue of performance-based pay next month, when delegates to its Representative Assembly are expected to vote on proposals that could open the door to union support for more experiments in the way teachers are paid.
Mayor Jerry Brown of Oakland, Calif., has responded to the school board's rejection of his much-publicized plan to open a military charter school in the city by vowing to obtain the charter from the state, the county, or another district.
By melding technical and academic training, the New American High School initiative strives to offer a new way of preparing students for a world where business leaders are desperate for smart workers with strong technical skills.
Edison Schools Inc., the nation's largest for-profit manager of public schools, is switching from the multicolored Apple to Big Blue.
A persistent lag in high school and college graduation rates for Hispanics will lead to lower prosperity for this rapidly growing segment of the U.S. population and a dearth of qualified workers for the new technology-based economy, a White House report released last week warns.
A New York City company is entering the market for online test-preparation programs, but unlike its competitors, the new enterprise will offer its SAT program for free.
After a three-month search to replace the Baltimore schools' departing chief executive officer, the city school board has selected a new top administrator to lead the 107,000-student district.
Amidst growing concern about young people's eating habits, many schools across the country have begun to include healthier food items on their cafeteria menus.
  • Gender Gap in Math Achievement Closing, Analysis Finds
  • Career Continuum
  • Peer Review
  • On the Move
  • Parent Opinion
  • Going Metric
  • Winning Music
Some opponents of high-stakes tests have turned into would-be saboteurs.
As states wrap up plans to spend their shares of the giant multistate settlement with the nation's top tobacco companies, schools and students are coming out winners.
The West Virginia board of education took control of a local school system early this month, declaring that the Lincoln County district had made insufficient progress toward correcting major problems cited in a report last October.
All high school juniors in Colorado and Illinois will be required to take a traditional college-entrance exam next spring—regardless of whether they consider themselves to be college material.
The state of Hawaii is just days away from a court-ordered deadline to improve significantly the way it provides education and mental-health services to children with disabilities.
More than a thousand protesters frustrated by Wisconsin's method of financing schools are expected to rally at the state Capitol June 29, after waiting months for the state supreme court to rule on the constitutionality of the system.
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Arizona Senate OKs Amended Plan To Raise
    Sales Tax To Pay for More School Spending
  • Iowa's Interest in Certification Drops as Bonus Does
  • Virginia Gov. Names State's 1st Female Schools Chief
Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush may have a lot to say about education, but they are not the only presidential candidates who are addressing the topic this year. Includes: "Third Parties: Resources and Candidates."
Future high school seniors planning to contract a case of senioritis may be in for a disappointment if Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley has his way.
The U.S. Supreme Court made it easier last week for workers to win employment-discrimination lawsuits by ruling that they usually will not need additional, independent evidence of bias when their employers' stated reason for an adverse job action is shown to be false.
  • Who Wants To Debate Schools for a Billionaire?
  • Gore on Affordable Child Care
An architect's vision for transforming abandoned or neglected downtown buildings into thriving public schools is reshaping the city of Paterson, N.J.
As Teach For America gears up to enter its second decade, founder Wendy Kopp reports on what has been learned and what comes next.
James R. Delisle calls Fox's "The Smartest Kid in America" an intellectual trial that borders on abuse.
Smaller schools could enrich the relationships that are integral to student achievement, argue Tom Vander Ark and Tony Wagner.
Your review of the latest Public Agenda report, "A Sense of Calling: Who Teaches and Why," leaves your readers misinformed of the data reported relative to beginning-teacher attitudes toward their teacher preparation ("Teachers' Idealism Tempered by Frustration, Survey Finds," May 31, 2000).
It is not often that my opinion of a Commentary author moves 180 degrees from the time I begin reading to the time I finish, but that was the case in reading Irving H. Buchen's "The Myth of School Leadership" (Commentary, May 31, 2000).
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