January 10, 2001

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James B. Hunt Jr., who will be stepping down this month after his fourth term as North Carolina's governor, leaves a legacy of passion and persistence on school policy issues.
A New York foundation was expected to announce this week an $8.9 million initiative aimed at encouraging states to foster a new generation of school leaders and a more supportive environment for their work.
George W. Bush is pledging a bipartisan approach to improving the nation's schools, a goal observers from both major political parties say is feasible, depending on which aspects of his campaign agenda he seeks to emphasize. Includes the tables "Smoothing the Transition," and "Bush Campaign Proposals on Education," Jan. 10, 2000.
While experts agree that major decisions about students should be made on the basis of "multiple measures of performance" rather a "single test score," what is meant by these terms is far from clear.
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Unwilling to bow to an appellate court panel's decision that declared the Cleveland voucher program unconstitutional, the attorney general of Ohio has requested a rehearing by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
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States need to strike a better balance among academic standards, testing, and the tools that students and schools need to succeed, an Education Week report to be released this week concludes.
  • Ohio High Court Upholds Cleveland Mayor's Role
  • Buffalo to award back pay
  • Union Gets New Leader
  • Americans' Educational Attainment
  • N.Y.C. Schools Net Grants
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Eight years after being fired amidst California's most notorious school mismanagement scandal, J.L. Handy is suspected of running a second district so deeply into red ink that it is on the verge of state takeover.
The mayor of Harrisburg, Pa., is exercising his new authority over the city's schools, after a turbulent transition marked by high-level personnel changes and the start of an investigation into allegations of missing school property and misuse of funds.
In its most significant expansion efforts, the nation's largest for-profit school-management firm is targeting academically troubled schools in two districts.
  • Army's New Cyber-School Opens Doors
    For Online Learners
  • Last Pitch for E-Learning
William J. Bennett is ringing a bell to draw students into an ambitious new Internet schoolhouse pairing current technology with his traditionalist view of learning.
Picking up where George W. Bush left off, new Texas Governor Rick Perry's has labeled education as his "premier" concern and is expected to support the state's existing school improvement efforts.
Texas is not the only state to lose one governor and gain another now that the protracted presidential-election drama has been resolved. President-elect Bush, the former Texas governor, has tapped two other states' chief executives for high-level posts in his administration, opening the way for their successors.
The beginning of the George W. Bush era in Washington signals the likely end of another—that of Rod Paige as the superintendent of schools in Houston.
Convicted of placing a hidden camera inside a principal's office, the ex-superintendent of a Northern California district is a free man after an court ruled that he never broke the law. But the ruling won't give him his old life back.
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A 1999 probe that found more than 50 New York City educators had helped students cheat on tests was "flawed, unreliable, and unfair," according to a union-commissioned investigation of the allegations.
Teaching students to resist the social influences that encourage them to smoke is not enough to prevent tobacco use among teenagers, according to the results of a 15-year study of school-based anti-smoking programs.
  • Affirmative Action Supporters Score Victories on Two Fronts
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An IBM educational program has shown that technology can help bolster students' reading skills and improve teacher-parent communication and management of school information, according to an independent assessment.
Looking to "make a science out of education," the National Research Council has convened a panel of experts to define what constitutes scientific quality in education research.
The Department of Education's office for civil rights has released the final version of a long-awaited resource guide on the use of tests in making high-stakes decisions about students.
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
Ohio legislators are poised to consider a broad overhaul of the state's testing and accountability systems this spring, following the release of a long-awaited report calling for new standards-based assessments, greater academic support for students, and a program of rewards and penalties for schools.
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Iowa appears to be poised to consider a pay-for-performance compensation plan for teachers, following the lead of a handful of districts and schools that have embraced the controversial policy.
With problems of teacher quality and supply continuing to loom large around the country, policymakers in Arkansas, Illinois, and Nebraska are reviewing new reports that recommend steps for tackling those issues.
Stung by a highly publicized lawsuit accusing California of failing to provide safe classrooms and qualified teachers to some students, Gov. Gray Davis' administration has launched an aggressive counterattack that seeks to hold local districts responsible for poor school conditions.
Connecticut education officials and the plaintiffs in the state's long-running desegregation case are both arguing that the remedy needs a greater investment of public dollars.
The Oregon Education Association has filed a $2.25 million racketeering lawsuit against a powerful taxpayers' group that has clashed with the union for years over a succession of state ballot initiatives.
  • Nevada Selects Californian
    To Be State Superintendent
  • Calif. Education Secretary Named
  • Governance Changes Urged in S.C.
  • Minn. Test-Score Errors Examined
  • S.C. Board OKs Licensing Changes
The Alaska state board of education's recommendation to postpone the use of a high-stakes graduation exam is setting the stage for a lively debate about standards and testing in the legislature.
New Jersey's assessments in language arts and math are a standout in comparison with other states, but its academic standards in language arts and math lack clarity and specificity and provide insufficient guidance for improving instruction, a recent independent analysis concludes.
Rep. John A. Boehner, a Republican from Ohio once known for his close ties to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, has been named the new chairman of the House education committee.
As one of the first governors to tackle welfare reform—several years before the federal government—Gov. Tommy G. Thompson of Wisconsin has certainly changed "the way we think about social programs in the United States," said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, a fellow Republican.
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Schools and libraries that receive federal money for Internet connections have a tentative April 16 deadline to draw up Internet safety policies that include installing technology to block minors from obtaining or viewing pornographic images on the World Wide Web.
The Department of Education will receive the largest-ever increase to its annual budget as part of the fiscal 2001 spending package President Clinton signed into law late last month.
The World Wide Web can be shaped into a vibrant educational tool serving all learners if more money is devoted to research and development and if governments clear away many conflicting and obsolete rules, a federal panel has concluded after a 10-month study.
  • Ed. Dept. Settles Suit With Black Employees
  • New Food Program To Assist Students Worldwide
Houston schools Superintendent Rod Paige appears to have widespread support in Washington as President-elect Bush's pick for secretary of education.
If he is confirmed by the Senate, Rod Paige will be the seventh U.S. secretary of education. Here are the six people who have held the post so far:
n -Position: Superintendent, Houston Independent School District, 1994 to present.
Where education secretary-designate Rod Paige stands on the voucher issue remained something of a mystery last week. With no answer forthcoming from Mr. Paige or the Bush-Cheney transition team, the curious were left to glean what they could.
President-elect Bush's selection of Linda Chavez, the president of the Washington-based Center for Equal Opportunity, to head the Department of Labor drew kudos and criticism last week from those familiar with her extensive career in education and government service.
n -Position: President and founder, Center for Equal Opportunity, 1995 to present.
These seven members of the Bush-Cheney transition policy-coordination group for the Department of Education are charged with helping Secretary-designate Rod Paige prepare to lead the agency:
Borrowing principles froom the world of business, the Milken Family Foundation is sponsoring a pilot program that seeks to redefine the teaching profession. Includes the tables "Career Choices at Madison Camelview Elementary School" and "Principles at Work."
The Milken Family Foundation's Teacher Advancement Program is based on five principles aimed at creating new opportunities for teachers and at heightening accountability.
Traditional comparisons of teacher salary averages leave out too many factors to be a constructive basis for efforts to improve teacher quality, writes Gale Gaines.
Paul Shaker reflects on memorable teachers in his life and how different their approaches to teaching were. How, he asks, can we purport to capture such instructional gifts on standardized professional knowledge tests.
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Letters
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The minimum-competency movement of the 70's faltered because sanctions got out ahead of the hard work necessary to prepare students to succeed, writes Maryland state Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick, offering some suggestions on how not to let that happen again.
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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