September 5, 2001

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Across the country, one in five schools with a poverty rate between 50 percent and 75 percent does not receive Title I aid, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The explanation has as much to do with politics as policy.
School districts around the country are starting the academic year facing leaner budgets and financial uncertainties, despite widespread efforts by state leaders to shield public education from the full impact of the soft economy.
The National Faculty, a provider of professional development for teachers since 1968, has closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy after the discovery of an apparent embezzlement scheme.
New Leaders for New Schools program, founded by a former policy advisory to President Clinton, aims to provide high-quality, well-trained principals for urban schools.
-International: Thai 5th graders from Nong Lom School interview former village leader Gong Tunsak at his home to learn about local history.
The school year in New York and Chicago will open this week with different tones.
A multimillion-dollar national media campaign will try to enlist more African-American and Hispanic parents in a grassroots effort to improve their children's classroom success.
Departments
  • Appeals Court Rejects Preferences at U. of Ga.
  • 3 Teachers Sue Ohio District Over Illnesses Linked to Mold
  • Mich. Jury Awards Millions to Family of Girl Killed by Bus
  • District of Columbia Board Moves to Revoke Charters
  • Teachers' Union President Facing Pornography Charges
  • Flawed Tryouts Result in 60 Cheerleaders
  • District to Charge Scouts, Others for Using Buildings
Departments
While most high school football players rarely worry about the heat as they compete for playing time and starting positions, national athletics groups say that monitoring players when temperatures and humidity reach potentially dangerous levels is a serious responsibility.
Departments
Built by an unusual set of partners, a new $11 million school building in Washington, D.C., could offer a model for other cities that are feeling pressed to keep up with their school facilities needs.
As Education Week marks its 20th anniversary, we point out some of the people, events, and issues that were making news 20 years ago this week.
In a straw hat and rubber boots, 6th grade teacher Vichai Khunnaseangkhum leads his students on a trek up a wooded hill near their school here in northern Thailand.
A new study suggests that schools could face a repeat of the deadly shootings of recent years because a significant percentage of students are perceived as potentially violent.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district is moving forward with yet another student-assignment plan, despite being left in legal limbo waiting for a ruling in its 30-year-old desegregation case.
The New York City board of education operates a "separate and unequal" system of vocational education that offers girls training inferior to that of boys, the National Women's Law Center has charged in a letter sent to the city's schools chancellor.
High school students get more sleep, come to school more regularly, and change schools less often when they can start school later, suggests a study of Minneapolis public schools.
Departments
School enrollment will again reach a record high, as 53.1 million students take their seats in American classrooms this fall, according to the U.S. Department of Education's annual report, "Projections of Education Statistics," released last month.
While K-12 enrollment will set another record this fall, federal officials see it peaking and then declining slightly by 2011. Enrollment will continue to grow in the West, they estimate, but most states in the Northeast and Midwest will see their enrollments decline.
Departments
SAT and ACT officials say stable scores this year on their college-entrance exams are good news in light of record numbers of test-takers, but they called gaps in scores between racial and ethnic groups a serious problem.

SOURCES: The College Board, ACT Inc.

Even as calls for profound improvement in the nation's schools pepper news reports and dominate political debate, a new poll reveals that Americans' support for their local schools is on the rise, with 51 percent grading them A or B.
Americans' support for public schools continues to rise, The latest poll by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup found that 51 percent of the public gave their schools an A or B—the first time a majority has given schools such high marks.
Gov. Scott McCallum of Wisconsin used his line-item veto last week to reject a provision tucked into the newly approved biennial state budget that would have allowed local school boards to sidestep a requirement that they get voters' permission before increasing spending beyond state-imposed caps.
An alternative teacher-preparation program piloted in Georgia this summer, and intended to yield 200 applicants, drew thousands of inquiries, overwhelming and delighting administrators trying to alleviate a severe teacher shortage.
Departments
Acting on the advice of state schools Superintendent Jaime Molera, the Arizona board of education voted last week to again postpone a plan to require high school students to pass a statewide test to graduate. This time, the measure was delayed until 2006.
  • Illinois Schools Chief Says He Will Resign
  • One Third of Fla. 10th Graders Fail High School Exam
  • Hawaii Rejects Creationism in Science Standards
  • Firing of Mass. Sex Education Counselor Overturned
English-language learners have improved their overall scores on California's statewide standardized test for the third year in a row. But the scores improved significantly only for elementary and middle school students, with gains stalling in high school.
  • Tennessee
The Georgia Association of Educators is suing the state education department over what it sees as a misinterpretation of a law designed to reward teachers for becoming nationally certified.
While most of the public debate and press reports on the education legislation have emphasized a few prominent issues, the two versions of the bill delve into many peripheral matters that have seen far less debate.
Departments
Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, the Department of Education's new assistant secretary for educational research and improvement, has a department chairmanship in psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, 145 academic publications to his name, and a solid reputation among his fellow researchers.
  • White House: Faith-Based Groups
    Face Bias From Education Dept.
  • 'Teacher Next Door' Housing Program Resumes
Standards-based initiatives will not work if teachers aren't learning how to improve their instructional practices and parents aren't involved in their children's education, a federal study suggests.
A rookie teacher faces many trials: the struggle to maintain order in the classroom, the need to invent lessons from scratch, and the search for his or her own style of teaching.
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act program has become systematically dysfunctional, imperiling the ability of public schools to fulfill their mission, argues Clint Bolick.
If students are to be able to participate fully in modern society, schools must foster greater nummeracy, writes professor of mathematics Lynn Arthur Steen.
Philospher and educator Mortimer J. Adler has left an legacy of democratic wisdom on education, writes Terry Roberts.
Donald B. Gratz questions whether our current strategies to improve student achievement address the real issues.
Letters
Marianne B. Cinaglia makes an observant and necessary point in "Riding the Reform Rapids" (Commentary, Aug. 8, 2001). I now have this quote from her essay on the wall of my cubicle here at Indiana University: "Because most teachers believe they are performing satisfactorily considering the milieu in which their particular schools function, the chances for change are minimal unless attitudes about what is important shift."
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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