October 25, 2000

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The first national licensing examination for superintendents made its debut last week. Includes the table, "Defining and Measuring Leadership."
Teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are better teachers on a variety of measures than those who tried to meet the standards but fell short, a study released last week concludes.
When George W. Bush called Sandy Kress to arrange a meeting about Texas education policy in 1993, the Dallas school board vice president was a bit surprised.
HAVEAHEART: Dr. Doo-Soo Jeon, left, examines a student's heart at Fountain Valley High School in Orange County, Calif. The school hopes to prevent another tragedy like the one that struck last year, when a Fountain Valley student died of heart failure during football practice. See Story, Page 12.
With the idea of universal preschool slowly gaining more attention in the United States, one state has shown in a relatively short amount of time how to bring the public school system and providers of early-childhood education together to give more 4-year-olds educational opportunities.
The AFT has named several school systems that have raised test scores and made other strides toward improving student performance.
College tuition has increased modestly at both private and public institutions since last year, according to a College Board report released last week.
  • Tesseract Group Seeks Chapter 11 Shield
  • Innovations Honored
  • Okla. Principal Placed on Leave
  • Indians Fight Bilingual Proposal
  • Parent Guilty of Vandalism
  • Urban Alliance to Move
  • Immunizations Said Lacking
  • AFT Faults Edison Results
This Nov. 7, much is at stake for voters in small communities across the country, as they will cast ballots on questions that could influence their local schools for years to come.
The hotly contested presidential race may be dominating the election landscape this fall, but voters in communities nationwide will cast ballots on a range of questions on Nov. 7 that could influence their local schools for years to come.
Dozens of school districts are reconsidering their support for the Boy Scouts of American because of the group's policy of barring homosexuals.
Education officials from the United States and the United Kingdom are laying the foundation for what they hope will be a prolific exchange of ideas on school improvement between themselves and school leaders from other reform-minded nations.
In an elementary school in Jerusalem, Orthodox Jewish students are learning Arabic so they can connect with their Arab peers. To the north in Galilee, young Arabs are guiding their fellows through a Holocaust museum to build empathy for their Jewish countrymen.
Some doctors and school athletic associations believe that more needs to be done to prevent sudden cardiac-related deaths of student atheletes.
Special education teachers face tougher conditions now than ever before, leaving many struggling to do their jobs well, an extensive study by the Council for Exceptional Children says.
The long-term economic benefits of reducing class sizes in the early grades outweigh the costs, a Princeton University researcher says in a new report.
  • Catholic Schools Urged To Work
    For Social Justice
  • Directors Share Successes From Alternative Programs for Juvenile Offenders
The federal law-enforcement agency that assesses violent threats to national leaders, political candidates, and visiting heads of state released a study last week meant to help schools judge when violence may erupt on their campuses.
  • States Virtually Carried Away Over Online High Schools
Students whose teachers undertake further study and who use certain instructional strategies score higher on tests, a study released last week concludes. Includes the table, "Teacher Quality and Student Test Scores."
Despite a backlash against high-stakes testing in some states, such tests could prove to be a political winner for several candidates running this fall for their states' top education posts.
South Carolina voters will decide next month whether to authorize a state lottery designed to pay for college scholarships, free master's degrees for teachers, and technology grants to schools.
A recent dispute over voucher payments between the Wisconsin education department and a group of private Milwaukee schools could force the legislature to amend the state's school choice law, key lawmakers said last week.
  • Missouri Mourns Governor
  • N.H. Schools Lose Out to Tax Relief
When the House approved a teacher-quality bill last year that thumbed its nose at President Clinton's prized program to reduce class sizes by hiring 100,000 new teachers, most Democrats joined ranks against it.
As the presidential race moves into its final laps, the two major-party candidates continue to trade charges over George W. Bush's record of providing health care to children during his tenure as the governor of Texas.
  • Final Debate Highlights Vouchers
Two top advisers to the two leading presidential candidates debated the nitty- gritty of their advisees' education policy proposals here this month.
  • Supreme Court Declines To Hear
    School Administrator's Complaint
  • Court Finds Agencies in Violation of Law
Economists are taking a greater interest in education, resulting in a boom in school-related research in recent years. Includes: "A Sampler of Economic Research on Education."
Suzanne Tingley wonders why a student who may not want to be in high school for four years would opt, as a new movement prescribes, to stay for five.
Schools have greatly overblown the importance of algebra in our society, says Gerald W. Bracey.
While the professional literature on class size is thorough and well-corraborated, research on vouchers remains inconsistent and disingenuous, argue Alex Molnar and Charles Achilles.
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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