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  • Un Dia Nuevo for Schools. No other ethnic or racial group will do more to change the makeup of American schools over the next quarter-century than Hispanics. One city struggles with answers. Includes "A Bilingual Day in the Life."
  • A Passage From India. With little fanfare, India has become one of the United States' largest sources of immigrants in recent years. But regardless of their social or economic standing, Indian immigrants seem to have one trait in common: They consider school a top priority.
While charter schools recieve per-pupil financing for operating costs, many get no extra money for facilities and lack access to construction aid.
In an effort to get parents more involved in their children's education, thirty Chicago public schools agreed to hand out parent report cards along with student grades last week.
As states move rapidly to implement school improvement policies built around higher standards and increased accountability, policymakers are learning it's important not to leave the public out of the process.
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More than a decade after it spawned a nationwide movement for improving middle schools, the sequel to an influential report calls on middle-level educators to make academic rigor the cornerstone of an education that is responsive to the developmental needs of students.
Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers overwhelmingly approved a four-year contract last week that increases teacher salaries, extends the school day, and requires the development of a new pay plan.
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  • Ex-Chief Is Charged in Alleged Bid Scheme
  • Voting-Rights Suit Fails
  • Virgin Islands Strike Continues
  • E. Coli Outbreak Fells Students
  • Dallas School Chief Gets Top Pay
  • NBA Chips in for Playground
  • Drug Offender Keeps Post
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A South Carolina jury has found a Charleston private school and two former administrators responsible in a teacher's sexual abuse of male students and awarded a victim's father $105 million in damages.
While their mothers are working, children under 5 are spending less time being cared for by either a parent or another relative, according to the latest data on child care from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Educators are hoping a federal initiative to encourage low-income students to consider college early on in their academic careers can help raise aspirations.
As policy-research groups of various stripes try to shape the incoming administration's agenda in various ways, political pragmatism appears to be holding sway.
Their loyalty among students well-established, CliffsNotes are being revised to combat their long-standing reputation as little more than cheat sheets and to court the approval of some of their toughest critics: teachers.
  • Urban School Leaders Call for Activist Federal Policy
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The acquisition of Harcourt General Inc. by European and Canadian media companies is raising concerns from some observers about the impact of the deal on school textbook prices and quality. Includes the chart, "U.S. K-12 Educational Publishing Sales."
If you heard the sound of Palms clapping recently, it probably followed recent announcements that several educational Internet companies are serving up products for the popular hand-held Palm Pilot computers.
In its largest gathering to date, the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform drew 300 educators, parents, students, and school activists here for its first national conference on urban high schools.
Five years of studies on charter schools prove they are meeting the needs of traditionally underserved children and forcing regular public schools to change for the better.
Six states are seeing precipitous drop-offs in their students' reading scores once the students hit high school, leading officials to question whether the test is a valid measure of achievement. Includes the chart, "Reading-Test Results."
Confusion over the implementation of a Florida bonus program has led to a round of finger-pointing between state and district officials.
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  • Federal Court Upholds Va. Minute of Silence
  • Lawsuit Opens New Front
    In N.H. School Funding Fight
  • State Alters Accreditation Status
    Of St. Louis Schools
  • Washington State Sends Science Test
    Back to the Lab
California's mandatory teacher-licensing exam is a valid measure by which to assess educators' skills, despite charges that it is biased against minority test-takers, a federal appeals court ruled last week.
Congress opted last week not to pass a final fiscal 2001 education spending plan until after Election Day, leaving education groups fretting that proposed record-breaking funding increases for schools may slip through their hands.
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A proposed federal requirement that schools and libraries install technological filters against pornography on children's access to the Internet has been put on hold.
For the second time this fall, the U.S. Supreme Court declined last week without comment to hear an appeal from a student who was disciplined for displaying a Confederate flag in school.
In 1988, Hispanics constituted 22 percent of the public school students in Providence; the current figure is 50 percent. The percentage of non-Hispanic whites, meanwhile, dropped from 40 percent to 17 percent.
On average, Hispanic students have scored lower on the National Assessment of Educational Progress than their non-Hispanic white peers every year the tests have been given. In general, however, they have outscored black students. The results below are from the 1999 NAEP.
Changing Face Juan Infante props his lanky frame on a stool in the auditorium of Central High School here to pose for his senior-class picture. First, he folds his arms and grins, then rests his chin on his fist, looking serious and reflective.
While the number of Hispanic school-age children increased throughout the nation between 1990 and 1998, the rate of growth was particularly high in the Southeast, as well as in selected counties in the Midwest, West, and Northeast.
Fifteen years from now, the highest concentrations of Hispanic school-age children will continue to be found in the Southwest. But other regions will see large percentage increases in the number of those students as well.
By 1995, Mexico and other Latin American countries accounted for a much larger share of the total population of immigrant children than was the case a quarter- century earlier.
Hispanic students ages 16 to 24 are about four times as likely to be out of school without a diploma than their non-Hispanic white peers, and more than twice as likely as black students.
Changing Face In his native India, Srinivas Majji could afford to send his two children to a private, English-language school with the money he earned as an engineer. But in a country with almost 1 billion residents, he says, the competition for career and educational opportunities can be fierce—even among the upper classes.
While many native-born Indian students already know English when they emigrate to the United States, many others, particularly those from the region of Punjab, do not. In Fremont, Calif., more than half the 538 Indian students with limited proficiency in English identified Punjabi as their home language.
Funding for this series is provided in part by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation. Scheduled installments are:
Houston schools Superintendent Rod Paige discusses a holistic approach to school reform—and how it paid off for Houston.
Jerry Jesness attacks the conventional wisdom that success is always good and failure always bad. Sometimes learning is just plain hard.
Why has the superintendency become so unattractive to men and women in the educational trenches? Thomas E. Glass offers 10 explanations, as well as suggestions for making the job more appealing.
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