September 13, 2000

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The FBI's new guide to helping schools assess threats of violence by students received mixed reviews last week from school officials. Includes a table, "Signs To Watch."
Urged by their leader to home-school their children, members of a fundamentalist religious group have withdrawn nearly two-thirds of the students from the public schools in a small district near the Arizona-Utah state line.
Teachers in Buffalo, N.Y., defied state law last week by staging their first strike in 24 years.
The history of the world can be taught by examining a McDonald's Happy Meal.
Departments
New York City students who were enrolled in English-as-a-second-language programs in the early grades tended to exit those programs sooner and do better on recent districtwide tests than children who were assigned to bilingual education, a recent district study shows.
An estimated 4 million children between the ages of 6 and 12 are routinely caring for themselves before and after school while their parents are working, a new report shows.
Departments
  • Nontraditional Candidates in N.Y.C. Post Top Scores
  • Charges Won't Bar S.C. Player
  • Maker Recalls Bus Brakes
  • Children of Prisoners on Rise
  • Columbus OKs Teacher-Pay Plan
  • Poll: Teen Drug Use Declining
  • Bill To Create L.A. Monitor Dies
  • Papers' Creators Rapped
White students in Maryland are taking medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder much more frequently than their minority peers, says a major study released last week. Includes: "Ritalin Use in the Maryland Public Schools."
As states continue to increase early-childhood-education opportunities with the goal of getting children ready for school, a new report argues that it's more important for youngsters to be confident, friendly, and able to follow instructions than to know their numbers, colors, and letters.
In her new book, education historian Diane Ravitch faults progressive educators for steering schools away from their core, academic mission. Education Week Senior Editor Lynn Olson recently spoke with Ms. Ravitch about her book and her perspective on education. Includes a brief biography and a book excerpt.
An excerpt from Diane Ratvich's new book, Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms.
The historian Diane Ravitch is a proud graduate of the public schools she so often takes to task in her books, including Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms, published last month by Simon and Schuster.
When Jamie Horwitch looked for an after-school program for her son Todd, she didn't have to go far to find one she liked.
Departments
Although the educational needs of children in foster care have generally not received the level of attention that many experts say they should, efforts to change that situation appear to be growing around the country.
Classes have started as scheduled in Idaho and Montana public schools despite the wildfires ravaging the Northwest's forests.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation marked the start of the school year by announcing $56 million in grants designed to encourage the creation and popularization of smaller schools.
Departments
A California school district has agreed to a legal settlement recognizing a gay-straight student club rather than continue a public battle that had divided the community for the past year.
Several rural states lead an advocacy group's list of places where tending to the serious needs of rural schools could make a big difference in student achievement. But even those states have largely ignored the schools' problems, the group charges in a recent report. Includes the chart, "Rural Priority List."
The Rural School and Community Trust says 10 states both urgently need better rural schools and could significantly boost their overall student achievement with more attention to rural education policy.
A ballot initiative to get rid of bilingual education in Arizona is not sitting well with some American Indians in that state, who see it as an affront to their efforts to maintain or revitalize their tribal languages.
Flanked by states moving to raise their teachers' salaries, and having temporarily waived one of its own licensing requirements out of desperation, Arkansas is seeking a solution to a teacher shortage that policymakers there say already has reached "crisis" levels.
Departments
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
A Sante Fe group is making waves with its recommendations to improve education in New Mexico by overhauling the public school system.
Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley has always been popular on the speakers' circuit, but his busy travel schedule has recently come under increased scrutiny by Republicans in Congress.
Hamburgers and Sloppy Joes may be scarce in some school cafeterias this year because of the ripple effect of a new Department of Agriculture standard for the federal school lunch program.
Departments
In its first year, President Clinton's highly touted federal class-size-reduction program helped nearly two-thirds of the nation's elementary schools hire an estimated 29,000 new teachers, according to a report released last week by Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.
Students at the oldest high school in Los Angeles say they have simple needs: books, better teaching, and a clean and welcoming campus. They wonder: Is anyone listening? Includes "'Hurricane Forces' Buffet New Superintendent."
As superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Roy Romer is up against management challenges that dwarf the concerns of people at individual schools.
Kalman R. Hettleman believes that the deck may stacked in Maryland's closely watched experiment to aid failing schools through privatization.
Driven by state testing, Thomas Newkirk argues, teachers are being pulled toward prompt-and-rubric teaching that bypasses the subjective (and altogether human) nature of writing and the way we respond to it.
Departments
With the advent of e-learning, we must rethink the purpose and architecture of our educational infrastructures in very fundamental ways, says Peter J. Stokes.
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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