November 15, 2000

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Voters in several states elected to put money in schools rather than taxpayers' pockets, analysts say. See the accompanying table, "State Ballot Measures: Results."
Arizona last week became the second state to approve a ballot initiative curtailing bilingual education in the public schools.
Four California school districts are expected to argue in a state court next week that a controversial 1997 law requiring them to include all limited-English-proficient children in a standardized test be overturned.
Whoever the next president is, he will enter the White House without a sure direction from the voters and with a Congress nearly split in two along partisan lines.
Voters in the District of Columbia swept all but two school board incumbents out of office on Election Day, clearing the way for a transformation of school leadership in the nation's capital.
  • Ga. Teacher Groups Fight Over Records
  • Report Faults N.Y. Urban Teachers
  • General Tapped as Schools Chief
  • 14 Hurt in Utah Lab Mishap
  • Boy Convicted of Killing Teacher
  • L.A. Mayor Eyes School Job
  • Ky. Hackers Face Expulsion
Kentucky's largest and most urban district is at odds again with backers of the state's high-profile school accountability system, who worry that expectations are being lowered for needy students.
  • Spotlight Shines on Maintaining the Arts in Schools
A new study suggests that even when students' socioeconomic status and previous educational achievement were taken into account, jobs still had a "significant negative effect" on coursework and achievement in math and science.
Students in Michigan's regular public schools are generally outperforming their charter school peers on state achievement tests of basic academic subjects, according to a study released this month.
All students, regardless of their prior mathematical skills, benefit from taking algebra, a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison concludes. Includes the chart, It All Adds Up.
Students who took algebra generally showed greater gains in mathematics achievement on the National Educational Longitudinal Study between 1988 and 1990 than those who did not take the course.
As more states conclude that students must learn about the Holocaust, teachers wrestling with how best to convey such complex and emotionally explosive material are finding help in an unlikely place: Hollywood.
Public schools in Charlotte, N.C., could go the way of modern-day sports stadiums under a proposal that would allow district officials to name rooms and other school facilities for corporate donors.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals is offering two variations on its traditional assessment tools, which have been widely used across the country since the 1970s.
  • Foundations Ponder Their Impact on Schools
Voucher initiatives in California and Michigan were overwhelmingly defeated last week but voucher advocates responded that the latest ballot losses would not be a long-term setback for their movement. Includes: "Prospects for Wash. Charter School Initiative Look Dim."
While the partisan divide of the U.S. Congress will be reflected in statehouses across the nation as a result of last week's elections, the concerns about governmental gridlock in Washington are not echoing in many states—at least not when it comes to education. Includes a table, "Gubernatorial Race Results and Positions on Education."
None of the state school chiefs' races begot the kind of unusual plot twists that marked the presidential contest. Instead, candidates who won tended to follow more predictable scripts. Includes the chart: "State School Chiefs Results."
Here are the winners of the elections for chief state school officer that were held in six states on Nov. 7.
A ballot measure that would legalize charter schools in Washington state appeared to be headed for defeat at press time last week.
If last week's legislative elections in Georgia were a referendum on Gov. Roy E. Barnes' school improvement initiative, it appears that the governor can claim victory.
Here are the results of measures on the Nov. 7 state ballots that related directly to precollegiate education. The list includes questions placed on ballots through a citizen-initiative process as well as measures that legislatures put before voters in statewide referendums.Proposition 202: Would require cities and counties to adopt growth-management plans setting boundaries for new development, and require developers to pay full costs of schools and other infrastructure needed to serve new subdivisions. FAILED
Oregon voters rejected a proposal on their statewide ballot last week that would have prevented teachers in public schools from offering lessons construed as condoning homosexual behavior.
More than 18 months after the Columbine High School massacre, Colorado voters strongly approved a ballot measure last week to make it harder for criminals to buy firearms at gun shows.
Congressional Democrats reaped modest gains in last week's hard-fought elections, which some observers say could step up pressure for a more centrist, bipartisan approach to federal education policy. Includes: "2001 Budget Awaits Lame-Duck Congress," and the table, "How Education Committee Members Fared."
The teachers's unions saw some gains from their costly investment in election and ballot initiative campaigns.
Congress was set to return to Washington this week for a lame-duck session to address the still-unfinished fiscal 2001 budget for the departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. But with last week's divided election results, the fate of an agreement to provide the largest-ever increase in the Department of Education's budget was unclear.
All five members of the Senate education panel who were up for re-election won their races. On the House side, only one member had definitively lost his re- election bid at press time. One race was too close to call.

Jump to House committee results.

The U.S. Army War College has been training top military personnel for a century. Does it know something about leadership that educators don't?
England has dramatically improved the literacy and numeracy achievement of its 3 million pupils—in under five years. If they can do it, why can't we? Michael Barber tells how the English do things.
Louis Chandler outlines four current practices that have the potential for undermining one of teachers' traditional roles—that of imposing order on a chaotic world.
New forms of assessment and accountability are the best tools we have for ensuring quality education for all children, says William L. Taylor. Civil rights activists who argue against standardized testing are missing the point.
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