January 17, 2001
Vol. 20, Issue 18
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When President Clinton leaves office at the end of this week, the Education Department's budget will be almost 50 percent higher than when he entered the White House. During his tenure, Mr. Clinton demonstrated his extraordinary ability to focus the nation's attention on education.
A student-activist group in Philadelphia is getting some impressive results—and it looks to be part of a burgeoning trend.
In another demonstration that courts are focusing on the results of education spending rather than the bottom line alone, a state judge ruled last week that the way New York doles out money to its public schools is illegal and must be fixed by this coming fall.
Houston schools Superintendent Rod Paige, President-elect Bush's pick for education secretary, is on track to be confirmed by the Senate on Inauguration Day, a leading Senate Democrat said last week at the conclusion of a cordial hearing on the choice.
Looking at a budget shortfall of some $61 million over the next two years, the Rockford, Ill., school board may close schools, eliminate sports programs, and ask residents to raise property taxes to make ends meet.
Massachusetts' highest court has upheld the conviction of a 12-year-old Worcester student who drew a picture of himself pointing a gun at his teacher.
- Police Kill Gunman on School Grounds
- Students Tested for TB
- Boy Sues Over Team Allegiance
- Typo Undercuts Ad Campaign
- L.A. Board Accused of Violation
- N.J. Superintendent Accused
- Drivers Charged in Fake Test
People on both sides of the bilingual education debate raging in New York City have forged an agreement to modify programs for students with limited English proficiency while, at the same time, keeping bilingual education programs intact.
For 63 teenagers in a hardscrabble stretch of Washington, Christmas was a time to lose a bit of their faith in humanity. A local businessman had inspired them since kindergarten, promising to pay for college. Six months shy of graduation, they learned his words were hollow: There was no money.
The view that school in America is less demanding than in other countries is common among immigrant teenagers.
A troubled effort to create an online network to provide teleconferencing and digital videos to hundreds of public schools in Georgia may never get off the ground, despite its having received nearly $18 million in federal E-rate discounts and hundreds of thousands of dollars from school districts.
Almost three-fourths of infants and toddlers with working mothers are spending time in child care, and many of those young children are spending at least 25 hours a week in child-care settings, according to one of the first studies to examine the child-care arrangements of children under 3.
The California state school board last week approved a slate of mathematics textbooks that heavily favors a skills-based approach to instruction and, for the first time, meets the state's 3-year-old math standards and the frameworks that guide curriculum in the subject.
Collegiate Advice: While a recent study shows that most high school students meet with guidance counselors and find their advice helpful in making decisions about college, counselors overall have little influence over students' final postsecondary education choices, it says.
To address employers' concerns that high school graduates were not prepared for the demands of the workplace, teachers in the Kent school district in Washington state have begun giving students grades for "employability."
The District of Columbia's public school system still lacks adequate special education programs—and school officials haven't identified ways to fix the problem in their four-year special education plan, two elected city leaders conclude in a new report.
- Surgeon General: Children's Mental Health
- The Cost of ADHD
- Slicing the Fat
A majority of Americans believe religion belongs in the public schools, but most favor a moment of silence over nondenominational or overtly Christian prayers in the classroom, according to a survey released last week by Public Agenda.
- Performance Testing Being Readied
For Ohio Teachers
- Getting Respect
- 'Pioneering' Education Schools
- Lofty Company
- Knocking Down Barriers
- Teacher Grants
- 'Virginity' Pledges
Have Varying Effects
- Adolescent Sexuality
- Juvenile Arrests
- Drug-Use Trends
- Working With Parents
- After-School Programs
- Investment in Children
- Future Shock
- Teen Pregnancy
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
A newly constituted Kansas state school board debated the merits of yet another set of science standards last week, this time vowing to reinstate references to evolution deleted a year and a half ago.
Many California school districts say that they likely will have to deplete budget reserves or make cuts in student programs to keep up with the soaring cost of utilities stemming from a statewide energy crisis.
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
Some Arizona principals could gain far-reaching powers, including the ability to hire and fire teachers, under a new law that education groups are rallying to change.
John D. Ashcroft, President-elect Bush's choice for attorney general, will face opposition from more than civil rights and abortion-rights groups at his Senate confirmation hearings scheduled for this week.
The Mighty Bull Dogs of Midland High School are coming to Washington to see that one of their own is ushered into the White House with the sweet sounds of Texas ringing in his ears.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear the appeal of a Montana woman who claimed she was fired from her job as a counselor at a Roman Catholic school because she was living with a man outside of marriage.
- CHIP Rules Revised To Help More Children Obtain Health Insurance
- Bush Names New Choice for Labor Post
Naomi Karp wants to persuade the incoming Bush administration to continue supporting what she sees as effective preschool initiatives.
Federal spending for K-12 education has increased almost 50 percent during President Clinton's tenure, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank. The share of funds devoted to Title I dropped as the federal government added new initiatives to wire classrooms to the Internet and reduce class sizes, among other priorities.
Influential educator Harriett Ball rides the teacher-training circuit, selling the idea that educators should be performers.
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We have diminished the prophetic religious tradition, says William A. Proefriedt, which defined schooling as an essentially moral enterprise, and substituted for it the vulgar chatter of political and educational leaders about the economic purposes of education.
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Not to be swayed by either his uncle or Milton Friedman, teacher Burt Saxon believes vouchers are a bad idea. But, he writes, those who oppose vouchers have failed to correct the conditions that have given rise to their current vogue.
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Having the right to fail in regular education is no entitlement, says Laurence M. Lieberman.
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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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