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Every year, Clement R. Markley does a little mathematics exercise with his history classes here at Simon Rivera High School.
Test-weary protesters in nearly a dozen states hoisted placards outside state capitols and hosted debates in high school auditoriums last week as they kicked off what organizers touted as "a month of resistance to testing."
Last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge governor agreed to a hike in teacher pensions in exchange for a package of education bills that breaks some new ground in assisting private education.
Lawmakers in Iowa discarded their traditional teacher-compensation system last week and voted to replace it with one that would pay educators based on their performance in the classroom and students' achievement, rather than on the number of years spent teaching.
on the mend: Flanked by Hilton O. Smith, left, the school board president, and Mayor Michael R. White, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the chief executive officer of Cleveland's public schools, is bringing hope to the district. See Story, Page 34.
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Clevelanders agreed last week to a tax hike that will raise millions of dollars to repair and renovate the city's aging public schools.
Los Angeles school leaders have set 2006 as their deadline to build 85 new schools in a push to relieve severe overcrowding and improve facilities.
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  • Ex-Principal Charged With Abducting Girl
  • Fla. Land Buys Scrutinized
  • Miss. Judge Balks at Deal
  • Security Breach To Cost District
  • Colo. Gun Supplier Settles
  • Student's Appeal Denied
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Minority and poor students still lag behind other students when it comes to access at school to the Internet and computers, even though nearly every U.S. public school has Internet access and the ratio of students to instructional computers has reached an all-time low, a federal study has found.
A report released last week lays out a suggested policy agenda for curing rampant "senioritis" in high schools.
Fifteen states will receive grants worth at least $50,000 each to draw up plans to recruit more women and minority applicants to become principals.
While many prominent companies have played an influential role in the standards-and-accountability movement, Motorola appears to be unusual in the way it's trying to shape how school leaders actually do their jobs, experts say.
While it may not be apparent to yearbook advisers and their staffs, the past year or so has been a time of upheaval in the industry, with corporate buyouts and the resolution of a major legal battle between two publishers.
These four companies account for at least 90 percent of the market for publishing school yearbooks.
A career Roman Catholic school administrator from Ohio who was named to lead the schools in the Chicago Archdiocese said last week that he is committed to battling a downsizing trend that has closed dozens of inner-city schools in the nation's largest parochial school system in recent years.
Freddie Mac is seeking partnerships with teacher-retirement systems around the country to build an innovative program that provides teachers and other school employees with zero-down-payment mortgages.
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A newly published study on a long-running preschool program in Chicago provides further evidence that well-designed educational services in early childhood can have positive, lasting effects for disadvantaged children.
Among national high school improvement efforts, the High Schools That Work program is a pioneer. Begun in 1987 by the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board, the network now includes 1,100 schools in 26 states.
Legislators from Washington state to West Virginia, hoping to stave off violence committed by students who have been picked on by their peers, are taking action this year on bills designed to prevent bullying in schools.
Teachers' unions in Massachusetts will soon decide whether to appeal a judge's ruling that gives the green light to a new state program requiring math teachers in low-performing schools to take tests detailing their knowledge of the subject.
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A proposed revision of the school accreditation system in Michigan has sparked statewide objections from educators, who fear that schools with good overall records will be tagged with negative labels.
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Montana
  • Arizona Governor Taps Aide
    For State's Top Schools Job
  • Fla. OKs Bill on Teacher Misconduct
  • Calif. Test Called Unfair to Disabled
  • Governance Changes Pass in Fla.
These images of brain scans were taken while the subjects performed mathematical calculations involving serial addition. The results show significant differences between the thought processes of the subjects with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without adhd. The yellow spots show regions of the brain where blood flow increased during performance of the task.
President Bush has pledged to get tough on schools that are failing to educate their students. But how do you determine when schools are "failing"?
The education debate echoed across both sides of the Capitol last week, as momentum continued in the House and the Senate to deliver a major education bill to President Bush's desk this year—probably as soon as this summer—following compromises that appear to locate the bill in politically viable middle territory.
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A Republican congressman from California, concerned about the maze of federal financial-aid laws and regulations that bedevils parents, students, and college administrators, plans to hit the Web this week with a site soliciting advice on how to streamline the system.
A Senate measure that would require pouring additional billions of federal dollars into special education over the next 10 years continued to be welcomed in some quarters last week, but drew sharp criticism from the Bush administration, along with some special education advocates, educators, and lawmakers.
Students are being needlessly referred to special education because of other deficiencies in the education system, concludes one of a collection of 14 papers released last week by two think tanks here. The organizations hope to set the agenda for reconsidering how the nation educates students with disabilities.
The principal-in-residence and teacher-in-residence positions at the U.S. Department of Education should not be cut, leaders of four major education groups told Secretary of Education Rod Paige in a letter last week.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, hand-picked by the mayor of Cleveland to run the city's struggling schools, is getting results. But will voters agree to keep the schools under the mayor's control.
It's easy to overlook an educational indicator like student attendance, but reform efforts won't amount to much if students aren't in school, write Gary Hoachlander, Ann Dykman, and Steven Godowsky.
Now more than ever, argues Freda Schwartz, the skills taught in journalism courses involving the actual production of publications are far too valuable to marginalize.
Milton Chen, executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, discusses the potential of technology to engage young learners—and reinvent schools.
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