November 22, 2000

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The San Francisco school district agreed last week to settle a lawsuit against the state of California by backing down from its refusal to give a state-mandated test in English to students who aren't proficient in the language.
Long discounted in universities' efforts to bring in the "big money," schools of education are starting to come into their own. Includes a table, "Educational Enrichment."
While the election dispute has stirred tempers and evoked concern in some quarters, civics and social studies teachers say it has been the instructional equivalent of Regis Philbin handing them $1 million. Includes: "Wis. District Learning Its Own Lesson About Recounts."
Massachusetts' largest teachers' union, in a highly unusual move, has launched a biting, $600,000 advertising campaign that attacks the state's high-stakes accountability tests. Includes: "Assessing the Assessment."
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Historic neighborhood schools should be renovated and savored, not closed or replaced by edge-of-town schools that have little character, members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation said last week.
Departments
  • Safety Panel Issues Warnings on Bus Doors
  • Buffalo, N.Y., Teachers Fined
  • Licensing Program Expands
  • D.C. Mayor Picks Board Members
  • N.C. Town Chips In for Schools
  • Boston Pupils Await Books
  • Schools Ban 'Energy' Drinks
  • Teacher's Car Is Set Afire
In a novel legal case that has raised privacy concerns about online education, a New Hampshire judge has ruled that a parent may inspect logs of Internet sites visited by students and school employees.
More schools than ever participated in the federal school breakfast program last year, but some 2 million children at risk for hunger are not being reached, a report says.
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Schools in Texas that moved up the most in their state accountability ratings last year also tended to excuse a higher percentage of special education students from taking the high-stakes state test than other schools, according to a study from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Special Education Audience Wants Changes in IDEA
Principals need training that focuses on instructional issues, rather than management, if they are to direct successful schools, a report to be released this week argues.
Like many other educators in England, Rita Murphy has mixed feelings on the topic of teacher pay.
A recent vote by the French National Assembly has opened the door for school nurses in France to distribute a "morning after" pill to junior and high school girls.
Some education researchers say state academic standards too often ignore the needs of preschool- and elementary-age children because the standards are crafted by middle and high school educators.
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Following are teacher-training institutions that have received some of the largest donations in the past couple of years. Total assets include endowments, pledges, and cash. The data were supplied by the institutions' development officers.
While the Democratic and Republican candidates for president wrangled over vote- counting procedures in Florida last week, public school leaders in faraway La Farge, Wis., were experiencing firsthand the havoc wreaked by premature calls, missing ballots, and hand recounts.
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Eleven low-performing school districts in Pennsylvania are poised to send their systems in 11 different, and potentially radical, new directions.
School districts in Washington that show consistently poor performance should be subject to state takeover, monetary penalties, or other consequences, a state panel has concluded.
A coalition of Nevada businesses is asking a state judge to block a proposed 4 percent tax on companies' profits that would raise an estimated $250 million a year to benefit public schools. The plan is an unconstitutional "back door" income tax, the group argues.
  • Texas Board Warns Schools
    Not To Push Drugs for ADHD
  • Wash. Rejecting Charter Measure
  • California Postpones Test Dates
  • Texas Teachers Want Health Plan
The Massachusetts Teachers Association began airing a 30-second television advertisement this month that denounces the state's high- stakes testing program. A frame from the spot, and its voice-over text, are shown below.
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The presidency wasn't the only federal position still up in the air last week because of the ballot-counting dispute in Florida. About 150 appointments in the Department of Education were on hold as well. Includes the table, "Awaiting Confirmation."
Many states need to revamp their policies for including limited-English-proficient students in state tests and accountability systems if they want to continue receiving all of their federal Title I aid, according to the Department of Education.
  • Election Battle Delays Decision on Federal Education Spending
  • Court Won't Hear Case on Property Taxes
The next administration is expected to make about 150 political appointments in the Department of Education. Nominations to the following 16 top positions must be confirmed by the Senate.
When the Georgetown County, S.C., school district was forced to close an all-black school, the community learned some valuable lessons. But true integration remains an elusive goal.
Our long preoccupation with multiple-choice, fill-in-the-bubble tests has taken on a dangerous new dimension with the introduction of accountability and educational-quality justifications for their use, argues Kenneth A. Wesson.
Using Zen Buddhism as an unlikely analogy, high school Assistant Principal Randy Johnson warns that the currently popular quality process is a powerful tool but not the savior it's been made out to be.
U.S. Department of Education officials assert that a modest investment to support systematic learning from educators abroad would soon pay off—for all countries involved.
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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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