August 2, 2000

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The proposed platform drafted for this week's Republican National Convention reflects George W. Bush's more moderate stance on school issues.
It's against the law to bring a gun to school in the United States. Right? Think again.
Bidding wars for teachers and school administators have become common around the nation.
With a plan that will allow students to map out their routes to a diploma over three, four, or five years, the Rochester school district is hoping to shake up one of education's most tradition-bound institutions: the public high school.
As the number of charter schools continues to grow, some of the movement's true believers are casting a skeptical eye on efforts to award charter status to entire districts.
A former longtime mayor of Newark, N.J., was indicted last week on federal conspiracy, bribery, and fraud charges in connection with a school construction project overseen by his engineering firm.
  • Levy Seeks Compulsory Summer School Attendance
  • Pay Plan May Weigh Test Scores
  • "Tiebreaker' Policy Challenged
  • Suit Faults Columbine Educators
  • Campaign Will Promote Choice
  • State, District At Odds on Charter
  • Mass. Board Reworks Standards
  • L.A. Sued Over Belmont Decision
  • 'State of Black America' Report Released
From California to Massachusetts, new associations have formed to demand better pay, benefits, grievance procedures, and professional development for substitute teachers.
Fifteen students from Massachusetts participated in a ACLU-sponsored tour of the South this summer, visiting many of the most important stops on the on civil rights map.
The schooling improvements that states undertook in the 1980s and early 1990s are translating to higher test scores, particularly for students in poor communities, according to a national study released last week.
Sign of the times: Teenagers give up part of their summer vacations to learn about depreciation of assets, short selling of stocks, and the multiplier effect.
  • Facilities Gathering Highlights Importance
    Of Involving the Public
Millions of low-income children did not get meals they were entitled to at summer programs last year and more than $200 million in resources unspent, a study of federal summer-nutrition programs says.
A new poll released by the Association of American Publishers suggests that parents value the information that standardized tests provide.
New Jersey is gearing up for its biggest public-works program ever—a state-run school construction crusade that is expected to shower local schools with $12 billion worth of new facilities and renovations over the next several years.
Both sides in a lawsuit that could cost the state of New York several billion more dollars in aid to New York City schools agree on this: The city's public education system isn't in the best of shape.
  • Looking for a 'Breakthrough' at Annual ECS Conference
  • At NCSL, a Whole Lot of Talk About High-Stakes Testing
In a major policy shift, Massachusetts would abandon what is generally considered the nation's most generous special education standard, under legislation recently approved by state lawmakers.
Many in Wisconsin's education community will be spending the remaining weeks of summer redoubling their efforts to persuade lawmakers to overhaul the state's method of financing schools, following a long-awaited state supreme court decision that upheld the system as constitutional.
  • Va. To Allow Substitution of National for State Tests
  • N.C. Survey Critical of ABC Plan
  • Texas Alters Course Requirements
  • Colo. Ballot Measure Rejected
  • Harrisburg Takeover Halted in Pa.
  • Delaware
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
Pressed into action by the prospect of widespread teacher shortages, New York state's board of regents has opened an alternative route into the profession.
Looking to create a measure of political independence for federally financed education studies, a House subcommittee last week approved a plan to form a new national academy for education research.
The Department of Education has agreed to pay $4 million in damages and reform its promotion practices to settle a lawsuit with employees who had alleged racial discrimination.
Faith-based and community organizations could compete with schools for federal after-school grants under a recent campaign proposal from Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
He's a horseman, a family man, and a pretty fair piano player, but U.S. Rep. Bill Goodling may be best known as a GOP point man on education. Now, he's looking forward to retirement after a quarter-century in Congress. Includes the photo essay "Bill Goodling: A Public and Private Life."

While the debate on high-stakes testing tends to be highly polarized, the issue itself is not that simple, writes Arthur Coleman, former deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Education Department's office of civil rights.
Far from being inconsequential, small, narrowly focused schools represent our best hope for an intellectually strong public system, argues James Nehring.
Evangelical Christians' criticisms of the Harry Potter books should be met with reasoned debate, not cries of censorship, Jonathan Zimmerman argues.
Clifford B. Janey, superintendent of the Rochester City School District, discusses the district's plan to allow students to choose between three-, four-, and five-year high school diploma options.
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