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Anna Rios dislikes the idea that she has to pass a statewide test to earn a high school diploma. Still, the slight 15-year-old, in jeans and a baseball cap, is staying after school to bone up on the algebra on the Massachusetts Assessment of Comprehensive Skills, which this year's sophomores must pass by 2003 to graduate. "I know I need help," she explained, "so I decided to come for the after-school program."
Americans rank education as their highest public-policy priority, but many say they lack the time and expertise to become directly involved in the public schools, a poll that was set for release this week shows. Includes profiles of promising public-engagement efforts.
President Bush's proposed $2.5 billion increase for the Department of Education reflects the new president's education agenda. Includes "Education Gets Increases in Other Agencies," and a table "Inside Bush's Education Budget."
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Corporate executives from Sears Roebuck and Co., Verizon Communications, Bank of America, and other high-profile companies have sent a strongly worded letter urging college and university presidents to stop overemphasizing tests such as the SAT in admissions decisions.
Schools must take steps toward filtering the Internet access they provide to children and adults, or they will be denied federal E-rate support for Internet access and classroom wiring starting July 1, the Federal Communications Commission has announced.
Departments
Asked how important the following aspects of education are to long-term success in business, both top and second-tier executives downplayed the value of standardized-test scores, according to a poll of business leaders conducted for the National Urban League. Percentages shown are of those who thought attribute was "extremely important."
  • Compton Board Barred from
    Academic Powers
  • Hispanic Fund Gets Boost
  • Race Upheld in Admissions
  • What Elementary Principals Earn
  • Media Said To Hype Violence
  • Mother Paid To Remove Son
  • Sweatshirt Prompts Lawsuit
Departments
Detroit schools chief Kenneth S. Burnley has unveiled a plan restructuring the troubled district. In part, the plan calls for closing five schools, cutting up to 470 jobs, and studying the privatization of some operations involving another 3,000 positions.
Departments
Both sides in the debate over whether state tests help or harm the quality of classroom teaching can draw support from a study presented here last week.
A study of Philadelphia schools confirms what educators have long suspected: Teacher transfers—even when they occur within the same district—can exacerbate educational inequities.
  • Researchers Seek Bigger Policy Impact;
    New Journal Planned
A decade after New American Schools was founded to develop, test, and replicate comprehensive models for improving schools, the districts that are trying out those designs are still showing mixed results.
Unveiled about a year ago with great fanfare, some school purchasing sites are already out of business or are looking to merge. But others have adapted their business plans and just may be poised to catch.
The mayor of Los Angeles has no formal power to make policy for the city's public schools. But don't tell that to the two candidates who will square off in a June 5 runoff election to lead the city—or to the voters who will cast the deciding ballots.
Harvard University's graduate school of education is cutting back enrollment in its teacher-preparation program for one year, while faculty members attempt to ground it better in the practicalities of working in urban schools.
California schools need to educate students and employees about the new rights and responsibilities stemming from a recent state law that prohibits discrimination and harassment against students and staff members based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, says a task force convened to recommend ways of putting the law into practice.
State report cards connoting school success are often based solely on student test scores, giving parents an incomplete snapshot of a school's quality, argues a report from a group that advocates political action in low-income communities.
After nearly three decades as a chemistry teacher, Jeffrey Rogers felt he had mastered his subject and knew best how to teach it. So when a colleague in the language arts department at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School suggested that he incorporate reading strategies into his lessons to help students tackle the complex text and vocabulary of his course, Mr. Rogers responded bluntly, "I'm not a reading teacher."
Over the next few years, math enrollment at Roseville Area High School promises to look like the Dow Jones Industrial average in the 1990s: It'll keep going up.
After almost eight years of standards-based reform in Washington state, it might seem that all the laws have been interpreted, all the questions answered, all the debates settled.
In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., the local education foundation takes nothing for granted.
Superintendent Charles M. Irish makes involving the public in the Medina, Ohio, schools' business his—and his district's—mission.
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and state legislative leaders say they agree that a plan to give schools an additional $1.4 billion over two years is what's needed to mend a flawed education finance system—but they haven't agreed on how to pay for it.
Taking their cue in part from California and Arizona voters, lawmakers in three states have proposed overhauling their bilingual education programs.
Departments
Nearly all of Hawaii's 256 public schools and 10 college campuses remained closed late last week, eight days after the state's 16,000 teachers and professors began a statewide strike deemed to be the nation's most far-reaching in public education to date.
Gov. Gary E. Johnson of New Mexico has vetoed a wide-ranging bill that would have revamped his state's teacher-licensure system and put more decisionmaking power in the hands of local schools.
Four Texas school districts that were forced by state law to share their tax revenue with poorer districts have challenged the education finance system in state court.
  • Maryland Legislators OK Gun-Safety Education
  • Texas Reinstates Three-Year LEP Testing Exemption
  • NGA Launches 'Extra Learning' Database
  • Swift Sworn In as Massachusetts Governor
Researchers and former nominees say waiting is a typical part of a cumbersome and problem-filled process for appointing high-ranking officials to federal agencies, including the Education Department. Includes "Room at the Top."
School leadership may be one of the top issues of the day in education, but it's nowhere to be found in President Bush's budget plan.
Departments
President Bush so far has named Secretary Rod Paige and five other officials to the Department of Education. But Mr. Bush has yet to fill 10 of the 16 top jobs in the department. All 16 positions require Senate confirmation.
President Bush's massive budget proposal includes increases not just for Department of Education programs, but also for related services for children and families overseen by other federal agencies.
The president's proposed fiscal 2002 budget for the Department of Education would substantially increase spending for some programs, while freezing, cutting, or eliminating others. Below are highlights from the discretionary- spending totals Mr. Bush is requesting, compared with the current program levels.*
The clock is ticking for a small college in southwest Texas Unless student test scores improve by summer, the state will shut down its teacher-preparation program.
Charles T. Kerchner examines the effects of Walter H. Annenberg's $500 million gift to the public education system and asks, was it a good grant?
Teacher-educator Bruce Marlowe attempts to highlight the inadequacies and suggest new remedies for inclusive-education.
Authors Margaret E. Goertz and Mark C. Duffy argue that because of the variations in the way states approach performance-based accountability, questions of capacity and equity are inevitable.
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