February 21, 2001

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President Bush has made annual testing of 3rd through 8th graders a centerpiece of his education agenda. But in states that already engage in annual testing in those grades, educators are divided over its usefulness.
State leaders are casting the almighty dollar as the superhero strong enough to curb teacher shortages and attract new talent as they craft legislation that aims to increase teacher salaries.
A number of urban districts have launched short-cut training programs in the past decade to attract career-changers to teaching. But nowhere is more riding on such efforts than in New York City.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a case in which a family is suing a school district for refusing to let their evangelical Christian Club meet on school Grounds.
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A plan to forge closer working relationships between the nation's two largest teachers' unions falls far short of the merger that leaders of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have been working toward for nearly a decade.
The American Federation of Teachers is encouraging its affiliates to explore the use of new pay systems that include some forms of pay for performance and differentiated pay for teachers in high-demand areas.
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  • Wis. Court Upholds Partners Benefits
  • Miami Grand Jury Raps Schools
  • High-Tech Pool Alarm Purchased
  • Manager Charged With Fraud
  • District Settles Testing Lawsuit
  • Teachers Quit NHS Panel
  • Drugs-for-Grades Deals Alleged
Facing mounting criticism, the nation's most popular program to discourage alcohol and drug use by students announced here last week that it plans to change its strategy.
School-age children are carrying more weight in their backpacks than their developing bodies can handle, according to a new study.
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These days, dodge ball, the frenetic game played for years with reckless abandon by school-age children everywhere, is itself taking a drubbing—from some educators and recreation experts who say the game has no place in schools.
A network of reform-minded public schools in the San Francisco Bay area has secured $40 million in new grants, enabling it to continue for five more years the improvement efforts it began in 1995 as part of the nationwide Annenberg Challenge.
The London-based publisher Pearson PLC has integrated its extensive assets and devised a strategy for using them to build on its already powerful position in the highly competitive educational publishing arena.
  • Professional Development Wanting
    In Chicago, Report Says
  • Reading Gains
  • Heterogeneous Assignments
  • Learning Through Vices
  • Focus on Engineering
  • Perks To Teach
  • Pitching In for Math
Florida schools that faced the threat of vouchers if they failed to raise their students' scores made achievement gains on state tests that surpassed those of other schools, according to an evaluation of the state's accountability and school choice program.
New Jersey's court-ordered effort to overhaul its urban schools has been hobbled by problems that have left many schools struggling to implement state- mandated programs, a study concludes.
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With one-fifth of the recipients leaving the classroom after one year and many of the rest heading for suburban schools, Massachusetts' effort to lure new teachers with $20,000 signing bonuses is falling short of the mark, says a report released last week.
The Kansas board of education made good last week on its newest members' promise to return the concept of evolution to the state science standards, a move that was applauded by scientists around the country.
  • Mass. Governor Tapped for Ambassador Post
  • Kentucky Extends Takeover of Floyd County District
The State of the States Faced with a forecast of only minimal growth in state revenues in the coming fiscal year, Gov. Bob Wise of West Virginia said in his first State of the State Address last week that the state must nonetheless put more money into improving education.
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Hawaii
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Washington
President Bush's proposed education plan would get rid of a stipulation that the federal government give preference to bilingual education over English-only programs.
With the Senate on a fast track to take up major education legislation in the next month, Democrats said last week they were worried about moving forward without an accompanying budget plan from the White House.
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Early-literacy specialist Donna M. Marriott reflects on what a doctoral course in applied statistics taught her about being a problem student.
Improving education efficiencies, through such means as the use of electronic-procurement systems, will go a long way toward fulfilling the promise to improve education in our country, says Paul D. Houston.
Even when funding is equalized, separate schools for low-income children are inherently unequal, Richard D. Kahlenberg argues.
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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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