October 11, 2000

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"Isn't it absurd what some people say just to stay in Washington?"
Education leaders in Iowa are looking beyond the nation's long-standing black and white desegregation debate in an attempt to create schools that are welcoming to students of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
Forty-one Mississippi school districts have been accused of failing to provide their workers with mandatory overtime pay totaling millions of dollars. The charges have come in a flurry of recent lawsuits that legal experts say could spark copycat litigation in other states.
The widely discussed backlash against the standards movement has been overstated, an opinion poll released last week and other recent surveys suggest.
Parents might not know as much about their children's development as they think they do, a new survey shows. Includes the chart, "Capacity for Learning."
Children with siblings of the opposite sex may not reach educational levels as high as they would have had their siblings been of the same sex, a study suggests.
  • Calif. District Found To Violate LEP Rights
  • Embezzler OKs Judgement
  • Confederate Flag Repainted
  • Charter School Offer Refused
  • N.M. School Vandalized
  • Teacher Fired Over Lesson
  • Union Leader Goes to Jail
Hoping to encourage more schools to take part in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, federal officials are weighing a proposal to give schools feedback on how their students perform on the exams.
  • Educators Share Ways
    To Keep Youths in School
Climbing into bouncy, inflatable armchairs, the 1st graders open their bags of popcorn and wait for Sophia Tino Mina, a staff member at Esperanza Elementary School, to begin a story.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found evidence that the National Education Association and its Ohio affiliate have violated the religious rights of members who disagree with union causes.
What children do with their time after the closing bell rings can be just as important as what they do during the school day. It's with that thought in mind that Los Angeles' new superintendent of schools, former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, has tapped a longtime educator with the system for a new top-level position in charge of overseeing and improving the quality of after-school programs.
When Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper declared his plans to run for the U.S. Senate against five-term Sen. William V. Roth Jr., he made sure to stop by a middle school as part of his small state's traditional, three-county campaign- announcement tour last summer.
A federal appeals court ruled last week that school administrators did not violate a valedictorian's First Amendment rights when they barred him from delivering a religious message in his graduation speech.
A Louisiana parents' group has filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education over the state's high-stakes testing system, charging that it is having a disproportionate impact on poor and minority children.
Ariz. Gov. Jane Dee Hull is stumping her longtime adopted state, using nearly every speaking engagement on her schedule to drum up public support for her proposal, Proposition 301. Includes "Getting Down to Details."
In a victory for voucher advocates, a Floridian district court unanimously overturned a ruling that Florida's Opportunity Scholarship Program violated on its face the constitutional requirement for a "uniform" system of free public schools.
As many as two-thirds of California's public schools met targets for raising achievement-test scores over the past year, a feat that will earn the schools and their employees a share of at least $577 million under a new reward system.
  • Calif. Gov. Vetoes Alternative to Flag Pledge
  • Wash. Schools Chief To Run Unopposed in November
  • S.C. Gov. Urges State To Meet National Pay Average
Last week, Minority House of Representatives Leader Richard A. Gephardt previewed his party's education priorities should its members win control of the chamber in next month's elections.
The U.S. Supreme Court passed up another opportunity last week to consider the constitutionality of school enrollment decisions based on race. The court on Oct. 2 declined to hear the appeal of a family that had challenged racial preferences in student admissions at a laboratory school run by the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Candidates Differ on Testing
    During First Presidential Debate
  • Standing Questions?
  • Veeps Say Education Is at Top
  • Federal Student-Loan Default Rate Drops to Record Low, Clinton, Riley Announce
  • States May Forfeit Funding for Children's Health
  • Hearing Focuses on Schools and ADHD Medications
An in-depth look at researchers studying children's brain activity—part of a fledgling, $38 million federal initiative to bring together experts from many different fields to conduct education research on a scale that would be hard to match working apart. Includes: "A Computer That's Patient, Listens Well," and "IERI Grant Recipients."
The first round of grants under the Interagency Education Research Initiative was awarded in early 1999. Last week, the three federal agencies involved in the program announced a second round of grants. The new awards, adding up to $28 million, go to:
Perched at a computer in his classroom at Fort Pitt Elementary School, 7-year-old Leon is getting a private reading lesson.
In defense of the College Board on the occasion of its centennial, from George H. Hanford, its present emeritus.
The arts in our schools are essential, says Jessica Hoffman Davis. In life beyond school, it's the coloring out of the lines that will make the difference.
Walter McDougall argues that "geography is as fundamental to a child's maturation as arithmetic."
  • Singapore Texts
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