May 23, 2001

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One the Ice: Expedition to Antarctica Teachers who participated in a science research program in Antarctica say they returned with a host of classroom activities that help bring the region and science to life. But the best part is watching students solve a scientific riddle on their own. The last of a three-part series. Includes:
Although leadership academies emerged from federal programs and administrator groups decades ago, the new academies are a response to today's increased demands on principals. As such, they reflect a whole new way of thinking about school leadership, their creators say.
All over the country, heads of schools and leaders of private school associations report an ever-lengthening list of teacher vacancies and a shrinking number of applicants.
The Teacher Education Accreditation Council, a self-described renegade, has won a key endorsement: recognition as a national accrediting body by a Washington-based watchdog group. Includes a table, "The Route to TEAC Approval."
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Some Washington schools came under fire last week for sending students to hear the Dalai Lama, an exiled Tibetan religious and political leader, discuss nonviolence and other matters.
A creative-writing essay that depicted an angry student beheading his teacher with a machete was not a true threat of violence, but instead a form of speech protected by the First Amendment, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled last week.
Departments
  • Fla. Teen Convicted of Teacher's Murder
  • Columbine Report Faults Schools
  • Time With Mothers and Fathers (Chart)
  • ACLU Sues Over T-Shirt Ban in Ga.
  • Official Pleads Guilty to Stealing
  • Girl Wins Abuse Damages
  • Boy Kills Self at School
  • UC Drops Ban on Preferences
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Despite a rise in dual-career households, children ages 3 to 12 living in two-parent families spent more time with their parents in 1997 than they did in 1981, according to a study released this month by researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
A federal program that was established to provide tax relief for college students and their families "squanders" tax dollars and fails to make college more affordable for low-income students, according to a report released last week.
Fewer than a fourth of U.S. households are made up of married couples with children under 18—a slight decline from 1990, when just over 25 percent of households were composed of married couples with children, according to figures released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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State education departments, rather than governors or legislatures, should lead the effort to improve their states' public school systems, a report released last week argues.
Just as vouchers have suffered big defeats in state ballot initiatives and been shelved at the federal level, one Stanford University researcher argues that Americans strongly favor the concept. Includes an accompanying column, "In Short," on a new analysis arguing that recent voucher studies overstate achievement gains.
Recent studies purport to show that voucher programs result in better achievement by black students at private schools, and that vouchers motivate public schools to improve. Those results are overstated, a new analysis argues.
More than half the states reward or punish schools based largely on test scores. But a new analysis suggests the methods used to identify good and bad schools are far less reliable than state policymakers may think.
  • Suicide-Prevention Plan
    Envisions Larger Role for Schools
  • Recognizing Signs of Autism
  • Head Lice Policies
This two-year special project to examine leadership issues in education is underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This week's installment was also underwritten in part by the Ford Foundation. Recent articles in the series include:
On the Ice: Expedition to Antarctica Ask teachers who have gone to Antarctica if they'd go back.
This is the final installment of a three-part series about teachers in Antarctica.
The Milwaukee voucher program has drawn fire for many reasons since its inception, and now debate has erupted over charges that the system used to pay for it is unfair.
The Arizona legislature adjourned last week without acting on a federal judge's directive to increase funding for students with limited English proficiency, raising the specter that the state could forfeit all federal funding—for everything from highway construction to schools—under a worst-case scenario.
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When confronted this March with a 146-page, jargon-packed document describing how Michigan plans to overhaul its special education services, many educators, parents, and advocates for students with disabilities felt overwhelmed. So, too, did some of the students.
Hawaii schools Superintendent Paul G. LeMahieu has complied with a request from the state school board to resign from his position at a nonprofit company that provides educational services to his state.
Gov. Parris N. Glendening of Maryland last week vetoed a bill that would have made Maryland the first state to require gun-safety education for elementary and secondary students.
  • Texas Moves To Require Schools
    To Push Back First Day of Classes
  • Teachers Union Sues Ohio Over Charters
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
Big changes are looming for the test used to gauge the educational health of the nation's schoolchildren. As one observer warned at a meeting here this month, the next few years could be the "riskiest and most dangerous time" in the history of the nearly 30-year-old National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The federal school-facilities and class-size-reduction programs, two Clinton- era creations axed in President Bush's education plan, narrowly failed revival attempts last week, as revision of the flagship federal law for precollegiate education inched through Congress.
Departments
Here are some of the notable differences and similarities between the still- evolving House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
A spending bill passed by the House this month provides funding for U.S. membership in UNESCO, the often-controversial United Nations education group that this country withdrew from 17 years ago.
Students at Century High School in Hillsboro, Ore., are part of a growing national trend toward using computers to administer tests. The testing systems have extradordinary potential but, at this stage, plenty of glitches, too.
Changing the school calendar would do more for the majority of students than summer school, which has become more like "summer prison," writes Marilyn J. Stenvall.
J. Casey Hurley believes that we must no longer implore principals to become "Superleaders" and "Supermanagers," but move in the opposite direction. A prerequisite for improved school leadership is to define the principal's role more narrowly, Hurley argues, not more broadly.
Adam Urbanski and Clifford B. Janey say it's time to consider new and different models of labor-management relations between unions and school districts.
Competitive parents and myopic policymakers are putting children's needs last, says Jennifer Gerdes Borek.
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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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