May 9, 2001

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Falling enrollment—owing partly to an exodus of students to charter schools in some places—is behind a rash of decisions this year to close schools in urban districts.
In hotel conference rooms here last month, a group of university faculty members met to pore over samples of freshman work, trying to identify the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in the first year of college.
In what one organizer described as a '60s-style protest rally with guitar music and singing, a group of striking California child-care providers demonstrated on the grounds of the state Capitol in Sacramento last week, saying low wages are keeping good teachers from staying in the field.
The federal government would pump up to $181 billion into special education over the next 10 years, under a provision the Senate adopted last week just hours after it began deliberations on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
THIRD-CULTURE KIDS: Students who were born in one country but lived elsewhere gather around Brenda and Paul Maxfield at Country Day School in Costa Rica. The couple formed an organization to aid such children. See Story, Page 8.
Departments
Nearly half the high school students in a nationwide survey said they believe their teachers sometimes choose to ignore students who are cheating in class. And more than half admitted they had used the Internet to commit plagiarism.
The SAT not only is a solid measure of students' academic performance in their first year of college, it also can predict performance throughout a college career, according to an analysis that looks at more than 1,700 studies examining the test over the past 50 years.
Departments
  • Construction Spending Hits High
    For Schools
  • Driver Fired in Bus Bullying
  • Four Killed in Bus Crash
  • N.Y. Catholic Schools To Close
  • Coach Resigns Over Strippers
  • District Bars Abortion Help
Departments
Novice teachers who graduated from teacher-preparation programs with a strong focus on reading instruction tend to provide richer literacy experiences for their students than those who attended institutions without such an emphasis, an update of an ongoing research project suggests.
  • IRA Attendees Flock to Sessions
    On Applying Reading Research
  • Smaller Classes Boost Test Scores, Study Says
  • Charter School Survey
  • Abstinence and Contraception
  • Achievment-Gap Comparisons
  • Bush's Education Plan
  • Girls Arrest Rates
  • Testing and Accountability
  • After-School Programs
  • School Spending and Staffing
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Teen Drinking and Driving
  • Immigration in California
  • Teacher Recruitment
  • America's Choice
  • Texas District Drops Defense
    Of Blanket Drug Tests
  • Top 10 List
  • Mother Earth
Schools and districts in highly impoverished communities that have been getting first crack at federal E-rate discounts for wiring classrooms and building telecommunications networks may have to share more of that aid with schools that are not quite as poor, under a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission.
Despite the rapid infusion of computers into American schools, inequities persist in access to educational technology and how it is used to enhance learning, an Education Week report to be released this week concludes.
Third-culture kids are a growing legion of students who spent some or all of their childhood years in a country other than the place of their citizenship. They typically grow up with one foot in each culture, without ever feeling completely at home in either. Includes a column, "Foreign Exchange."
In this country, debates over textbooks have been known to shake up a few school board meetings and, in extreme cases, even incite violence. But a disagreement over new history books recently authorized for use in Japan's junior high schools next school year has escalated into an international incident.
Six years after a high-profile reorganization of Philadelphia's schools into 22 clusters, the district's new leader announced last week that the plan would be scrapped in an attempt to cut a huge deficit.
Alan H. Rowe had been opening doors to the nation's historically black colleges and universities for Sacramento-area young people for more than a decade when the Elk Grove school district "discovered" him. It was a matter of luck, but also a matter of timing.
The following national projects are geared toward strengthening the connections between K-12 and higher education:
Texas lawmakers have taken long strides toward a deal to help provide health insurance for school employees, though the final arrangement will almost certainly fall short of what teachers originally said they wanted.
Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona's high-profile schools chief, is leaving her post there to head the Education Leaders Council in Washington, a move supporters hope will launch the group into greater prominence.
Departments
New Hampshire's highest court last week upheld the constitutionality of the statewide property tax the state uses to pay for its schools.
  • States Get Graded on Laws Authorizing Charter Schools
  • Indiana Permits Charter Schools
  • Wash. State Teachers Walk Out
  • N.J. Eases Preschool Regulations
President Bush's plan to test all students in grades 3-8 has stirred up a debate about what tests should be used, how they should be compared, and how the states will pay for them.
In a second and perhaps fatal blow to President Bush's push for federal vouchers, the House education committee last week followed the Senate's lead and removed the proposal from the pending education overhaul bill. However, the committee stood by the president's call for annual testing of 3rd to 8th graders.
Departments
  • Former Chairman Joins Lobbying Firm
  • Kozberg Named Public-Affairs Director
A University of Maryland psychologist and researcher studies attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to find out why children with ADHD learn differently from those without the disorder. Includes "Brains Doing Math Add to Knowledge of ADHD."
Donald Warren seeks to rescue the memory of an inspiring teacher who left extraordinary, though ultimately impermanent, traces.
Claude Goldenberg discusses four findings on how best to promote English literacy among students from homes where English is not spoken.
Current school reform efforts fail to reflect the realities of American education and economic life, argues Rona Wilensky.
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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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