November 1, 2000

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In predicting the effects of Proposition 203, a measure to dismantle bilingual education that goes before Arizona voters next week, both proponents and opponents have pointed to a 1998 California law that had a similar intent.
In the past decade, the push to raise academic standards and achievement has placed extraordinary demands on principals. Yet surprisingly little is understood about how principals manage this leadership for instruction. Includes: "Telling It Like It Is," an informal survey of principals.
The surprise release last week of a study questioning the validity of Texas students' rising scores on state exams has stirred heated accusations and countercharges in the waning days of the presidential race.
Whatever the results of next week's elections, the fingerprints of the teachers' unions will be all over them. Includes: "NEA, AFT Dig Down to Details in Effort To Mobilize Members" and "Complaints Point Up 'Murky' Areas in Union Activism."
Departments
By spending more money on smarter recruiting strategies here and abroad, Chicago school officials have hired a record number of teachers to lead classrooms this year in the Windy City.
Philadelphia teachers were poised to begin a strike last Friday afternoon, provided no new contract had been worked out by the end of the school day.
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The percentage of American mothers in the workforce has hit an all-time high, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released last week.
  • Calif. Superintendent Charged With Felonies
  • Students Get Computers
  • School Warns of Mock Drug Use
  • Maryland School Wins Award
  • Girl in Plot Gets Probation
  • Percentage of Mothers With Jobs Hits High
  • Death
The principalship needs to be redefined to become a magnet for education leaders, a new report argues. But to be successful, it warns, they will need very different types of preparation.
While this winter is expected to be cold and heating-fuel costs are projected to be high, the only likely effect this school year will be thinner pocketbooks, many education officials said last week.
Administrators of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va., used to dread the annual back-to-school ritual of ordering textbooks.
It looks like ZapMe! Corp. is on its way to zapping itself out of school classrooms.
  • Study Finds Depressing Results
    About Smoking
  • Asthma Rates
  • Appeals Court Stands By Its Ruling
    On Student-Led Prayers
  • Education in Jail
  • After-School Programs Prompt Policy Debate
  • Special Education Referrals
  • Hispanics' Schooling
  • School Vouchers
  • Libraries and Achievement
With one-third of the city's high school seniors unable to meet new graduation requirements, the San Francisco school board rolled back tougher standards last week.
Voters in more than a dozen states will be taking matters in their own hands at the polls next week when they decide the fate of a wide range of education- related ballot measures. Includes the chart "State Ballot Measures."
Public school students in Illinois would take state tests every year from the 3rd through 11th grades under a plan backed by the state board of education. Part of a broader assessment-and-accountability plan, the proposal would help poor schools and save money for districts, state leaders say.
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The state of California has agreed to pay more than half a billion dollars to school districts that claimed they were not given adequate funds over the past two decades to cover the costs of state-required special education programs.
The debate over South Carolina's upcoming referendum on an education lottery has mirrored those that have erupted since the first modern state lottery was created more than three decades ago.
Acknowledging a major miscalculation, the New Mexico Department of Education last month dropped all 94 schools from its annual most-improved list, reassigning $1.8 million in reward money to a totally different group of 101 schools.
North Carolina would have to provide preschool education for all at-risk 4-year-olds under a long-awaited ruling handed down last week in a lawsuit brought by low-wealth districts.
From Virginia to California, in Maine and Montana, a number of current and former K-12 educators with a range of political affiliations are running for the House in next week's elections.
In a recent congressional hearing, Republicans grilled Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley on financial-management practices at the Department of Education and the secretary's travel schedule.
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Congress and the White House still had not reached an accord on the Department of Education budget at press time late last week, as disagreements over school construction and overall spending continued to bog down the process.
  • Bush, Gore Respond to Special Education Policy Queries
How much does the nation's largest teachers' organization spend on politics each year? According to forms that the National Education Association files with the Internal Revenue Service, not a penny. That's right. Nothing. Zilch.
If there is such a thing as a perfect campaign operation, it probably looks something like this:
This fall's record number of school-related initiatives is renewing debate about using ballot measures to make public policy. A look at Oregon shows why some critics say this form of direct democracy has become a lot like politics as usual.
Popular campaign proposals to distribute rewards and sanctions to school systems based on students' test scores would lead to misleading results and counterproductive practices, Iris C. Rotberg argues.
A recent poll's finding of a decline in the public's support for vouchers almost certainly resulted from a creative "framing" of the question, according to Terry M. Moe.
Thus far, research shows few links between arts study and academic performance, but that shouldn't mean the arts are of no value, write Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland.
  • New Leaders
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