March 7, 2001

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Pregnant teenagers looking for someone to turn to can create painful ethical dilemmas for counselors and legal nightmares for school boards and administrators.
The budget blueprint President Bush proposed last week calls for an increase of nearly 6 percent for the Department of Education over this year's appropriation, but it leaves many questions unanswered about how he would allocate those dollars.
School experts believe that the leadership role that districts play in today's increasingly complex schools and in improving student performance needs to be strengthened. Includes "L.A. Offices Try to Banish the Bureaucracy."
Helping teachers find affordable housing to buy or rent is becoming a popular incentive as teacher shortages and attrition continue to plague schools.
The vast majority of school districts that dealt with the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights during the Clinton administration do not believe its staff members favored bilingual education over English-based instruction, a federal report shows. Includes a table, "Time Spent in English-Proficiency Programs."
The length of time students with limited English skills should spend in English-proficiency programs has become a hotly contested political issue, as well as an academic one. A General Accounting Office report concludes it can take from four to eight years for students to develop the language skills needed to perform on a par with native English-speakers.
  • Appeals Court Lets Voucher Ruling Stand
  • Teens Sue Over Scholarships
  • Mo. District Faces Probe
  • N.Y.C. To Change LEP Programs
  • K.C. Board Raps Superintendent
  • Taping Charges Dropped
  • Hearing Set in Edison Lawsuit
Only two out of five Maryland youngsters are fully prepared for kindergarten, according to a preliminary report presented to the state legislature and board of education last week.
  • Study Examines U.S., European Teens' Smoking, Drug Use
  • Junk Food Undermines Federal School Lunch Progam, Study Finds
States wanting to start or expand education programs for 4-year-olds should link those efforts to broader school improvement plans, direct their services toward at-risk children initially, and set standards for teachers working in preschool classrooms, a report suggests.
Will the political détente between Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street, a Democrat, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican, lead to a windfall for the city schools in the next state budget?
Jane Fonda has donated $12.5 million for the establishment of an interdisciplinary research center at Harvard University's graduate school of education—the largest personal donation the school has ever received.
  • ECS: Can States Meet Proposed Bush Plan
  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Victims of Bullying
  • Safe Schools
  • Californians on Teaching
  • Abstinence Education
  • Urban High Schools
  • Schools for the Future
  • Internet Filters
  • Special Education Mobility
Dale W. Vigil has had an opportunity that few school administrators can even imagine.
A compromise between Alabama's K-12 schools and the state's higher education community failed to gel in the legislature late last week, leaving colleges and universities more likely to bear the brunt of more than $260 million in mandated budget cuts this fiscal year.
Legislators in South Dakota approved a plan last week requiring students to take a series of tests linked directly to the state's recently developed academic standards. And in a pioneering move, state education officials plan to implement the new mandate through assessments administered exclusively over the Internet.
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
In a public rebuke of an old friend, the political action committee of the Washington Education Association has voted unanimously to express "official regret" over its endorsement of Democratic Gov. Gary Locke, who received the union's support during his re-election bid this past November.
  • Michigan Taps Noneducator
    To be State Schools Chief
  • Mo. School Bonds Bill Advances
  • Ban on Teacher Slurs Struck Down
  • Mass. Issues Rules on Restraint
  • Illinois Spec. Ed. Licensing Upheld
  • Va. OKs Pledge of Allegiance Bill
The U.S. Supreme Court tackled important questions of free speech and separation of church and state last week as it considered whether a Christian club for 6- to 12-year-olds must be allowed to use public school classrooms for its after-school meetings.
First lady Laura Bush reads If You Give a Pig a Pancake to a kindergarten class at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Hyattsville, Md., last week after highlighting her "Ready to Read, Ready to Learn" initiatives. Her visit came two days before President Bush proposed a 6 percent budget increase for the Department of Education. (See story, Page 1.)
  • Norton Pledges Support for Tribal Schools
  • House Education Panel Announces Staffing Changes
Four years after the death of a middle school counselor who had been assaulted on campus, educators in Lowell, Mass., say they are reaping the rewards of efforts to improve student discipline in middle schools.
Peter D. Rosenstein argues that testing and assessment should be used solely to monitor students progress and to provide help to those who need it most. He fears this may not be enough for the President Bush or the states.
The extravagant commentary, analyses and argument following the release of recent MCAS test scores in Massachusetts make it hard to understand just what the values and purposes of assessment really are, argues Sheryl Boris-Schacter.
Now more than ever, writes Joseph Sanacore, we need to recognize that children's academic success is inextricably tied to their overall development.
Creation of a charter-district program, writes Bryan C. Hassel, could spark one of the most urgently needed changes in public education: the reinvention of the school district.
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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