January 24, 2001

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As states edge toward their deadlines for denying students diplomas based on state tests, many have blinked, either postponing the day of reckoning or modifying their original plans.
For too many graduating seniors, the final year of high school is a "lost opportunity" that needs to be reclaimed, a national commission concludes in its first public report.
Halfway through the school year, money from California's new $667 million test-based awards program hasn't yet made it into either school budgets or educators' bank accounts.
Wearing safety goggles and testing the pH of unidentified powders, Jocelyn Crosby's forensic-science class at the Genesis II School here is at work on its final project: A millionaire has been "murdered," and the class has been charged with finding the fiend who committed the crime.
Departments
A decade after state and federal leaders made lowering dropout rates a national goal, it appears that little progress has been made, a series of new reports suggests. Includes the table "Attrition in City High Schools."
Departments
  • Full Appellate Court To Hear
    Charlotte Case
  • N.J. Gym Teacher Charged
  • Superintendent Serves Jail Time
  • Parents Position for Recall
  • Sub Barred for Cleaning Gun
  • Head Start Test for TB
  • Parents Buy Tesseract Schools
  • Deaths
Teachers taught by lantern and flashlight at International Polytechnic High School this month, as the Pomona, Calif., school was hit by the intermittent power outages plaguing the state.
The superintendent of the Oakland, Calif., schools continues to shake up the 54,000-student district.
Science textbooks used by an estimated 80 percent of middle school students nationwide are riddled with errors, a new study concludes.
A coalition of nearly a dozen national education groups called last week for a set of "midcourse corrections" that it believes are necessary for the promise of standards-based education to be fulfilled for all students.
Programs designed especially for students who know little or no English are concentrated at the elementary level, even though secondary schools enroll a greater proportion of such students, according to a new study. Includes the chart, "Special Instruction For Limited-English Students."
A California couple has promised to donate $250 million to the University of Colorado to create a center for research on technological advances that will help people with cognitive disabilities.
The percentage of children in programs for students with limited English proficiency dwindles significantly in second- and third-generation immigrant families.
The overall downturn in the Internet sector, which began last spring, hasn't spared the dozens of education Web businesses that were just getting off the ground. Includes the table, "Dot-Com Doldrums."
More than two months after Arizona voters passed a law to curb bilingual education, crucial questions on how to implement the measure remain unanswered, leaving confused school district officials scrambling to comply.
Departments
  • Indiana
  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
New findings on a state initiative in Wisconsin suggest that to make the most out of smaller class sizes in the early grades, teachers should focus on basic skills when they have one-on-one contact with students, ask children to discuss and demonstrate what they know, and have a firm, but nurturing, approach to classroom management.
Gov. George E. Pataki of New York has announced that he will appeal a court ruling that declared the state's method of doling out school aid unconstitutional.
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Oregon
  • New York
  • Vermont
School desegregation emerged as a prominent theme during last week's often-rancorous Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the selection of former Sen. John D. Ashcroft as attorney general.
Departments
A little known "early-learning fund"—something that President Clinton proposed three years ago to help local child-care and early-childhood-education providers improve their services—is finally going to make it into the hands of those who need it.
Early Head Start, which provides federally financed child-development services for low-income infants and toddlers, is benefiting parents as well as children, a study concludes.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in two cases that do not directly involve education but have potentially significant implications for the application of two federal civil rights laws to schools.
  • Commission To Examine Funding Disparities
  • Clinton Announces Efforts To Reduce Youth Violence
  • Honoring a King
A former educator and 15-term House member is taking the helm of the House Appropriations Committee panel that oversees the Department of Education's budget.
1. --Program is jointly run by the Departments of Labor and Education; each carries half its funding.
The final days before the Clinton administration officially handed over the reins of the federal government to the Bush-Cheney team were bittersweet for 180-some appointees at the Education Department.
Florida High School, the Sunshine State's online secondary school, is attracting the attention of educators and policymakers from across the country. But the question is: Should this model of learning be replicated? Includes the sidebar, "Internet-Style Teacher Guidance."
Below are excerpts of e-mail conversations between Betty Vail, a physics teacher for Florida's online high school, and some of her students.
Richard J. Deasy and Harriet Mayor Fulbright argue that current research is helping policy leaders ground their instinctive beliefs that the arts are worthy of study and good for kids and schools.
The disproportionate ratio of females to males at colleges and universities stems from the ambivalence many males feel about the "reality" of schoolwork, argues English professor Thomas Newkirk.
Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Diane Ravitch—all three former assistant secretaries of education—advise the new president to get tough on education.
Despite the many disagreements on educational policy that have received attention in recent years, a unifying platform for educational reform may be closer than many people realize, writes David S. Seeley.
Letters
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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