September 19, 2001

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To scale back on the number of tests its students must take, the Montgomery County, Md., school board has decided to do away with the district's tests tied to its own curriculum. That recent move appears to be in the forefront of a growing trend as states require more standardized tests.
Few policy experts dispute that the federal welfare overhaul enacted five years ago has moved thousands of mothers and fathers into the workplace. But have those changes helped or harmed children?
U.S. educators were called on to respond to an unprecedented level of destruction after the attacks, and school leaders agonized over whether to send students home or to keep their buildings open.
New York City parents and school employees focused on the safety and well-being of the children and teenagers in their care following the attacks on Sept. 11.
GLIMMER OF COMFORT: Laurie Penland and her daughter Alex, a 5th grader at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School in Reston, Va., share a moment of reflection at a candlelight vigil last week at the U.S. Capitol.
The Compton district—the first and only California school system to be taken over by the state for both academic and financial shortcomings—will regain local control of its schools in December.
Teachers and school administrators in Cincinnati voted overwhelmingly last week to amend the district's pay-for-performance system, citing rushed implementation and a lack of training and support for teachers involved in the high-stakes evaluation.
Departments
  • Rehnquist Turns Down Injunction on 'Silence' Law
  • U.N. Session on Children Postponed After Attacks
  • Athletic Association Defends Ban on Cheerleading Stunts
  • $80 Million in Red Ink Marks D.C. School Budget
  • Youth Worker Charged In Long-Ago Hijacking
  • Mass. School Gets Waiver To Serve 9:30 A.M. Lunch
  • Child Sexual Exploitation Widespread, Report Says
  • N.H. Police Investigating Theft of Scholarship Money
Delaying a vote on whether to oust its embattled superintendent, the Miami-Dade County school board last week moved to hire a new administrator, independent of the superintendent, to oversee budget and management issues.
The California agency responsible for setting requirements for public school teachers and teacher-preparation programs has given final approval to the first major overhaul of the state's teacher-credentialing system in 25 years.
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Public schools increasingly are providing after-school programs for young students, but many such efforts could be stymied by inadequate funding and staffing, according to a survey of 800 school principals released last week. Includes the chart, "Components of After-School Programs."
As Education Week marks its 20th anniversary, we take note of some of the people, events, and issues that were making news in education 20 years ago this week.
Both black and white children score higher on mathematics and reading tests when their teachers are the same race as they are, a study of 6,000 Tennessee schoolchildren suggests. Includes the related story, "Scholarly Citings."
What motivates high school students and what makes them drop out are topics that have been grabbing some attention recently from the National Research Council.
State and federal policymakers should give more backing to the connection between high-quality care for infants and toddlers and their preparation for school, a report released last week concludes. Includes the chart, "Infant and Toddler Programs."
The number of states and jurisdictions financing programs that specifically target infants and toddlers has risen from 18 in 1996 to 31 today.
Reflecting a growing embrace of instructional leadership as a key to raising student achievement, the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds will spend $3 million to develop training programs for school leaders throughout the South.
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One out of three students who received aid for private school tuition through the Cleveland voucher program had already been enrolled in a private school before receiving the publicly funded benefits, concludes a study released last week. Includes the story, "Brookings Institution Creating School Choice Commission."
The Brookings Institution, using a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is putting together what is designed to be an independent nonpartisan commission to study issues of school choice.
Three students and three teachers from the nation's capital perished in the jetliner that crashed into the Pentagon.
As adults in schools across the country struggled to come to grips with the news and sort fact from fiction, many had to make quick decisions about what was best for students.
Updated 09/28/01

A number of organizations offer information and guidance for educators and parents about how to help students cope in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Here is a sampling of what's available on the Web:

Mental Health Organizations | Organizations for Children & Parents | Education Organizations | General Resources | Curriculum Resources
Many Muslim educators and parents in the U.S. took extra precautions to ensure that their children wouldn't be harmed in reaction to reports that Muslims or Arabs might be responsible for the attacks.
Schools serving the children of U.S. military personnel at home and abroad closed temporarily or took other special precautions in the wake of terrorist attacks.
On September 11, 2001, a reporter from Education Week was on an unrelated assignment at a magnet high school in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Education-related decisions were put on hold in several states as the nation recovered.
As Michigan legislative leaders cook up a revised school aid budget for the session scheduled to resume this week, they are trying to keep a long-simmering dispute over charter schools from poisoning the deal.
Departments
A weeklong campaign the White House had dubbed "Putting Reading First" effectively ended when terrorists attacked the U.S.
Departments
  • Susan B. Neuman
  • Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst
  • Robert Pasternack
  • Gerald A. Reynolds
  • Brian W. Jones
  • Becky Campoverde
  • Laurie Rich
  • Carol D'Amico
  • Jack Martin
When he was just 22 years old, William D. Hansen took his first job at the Department of Education, which at the time had only recently been converted to Cabinet-level status.
Eugene W. Hickok has a reputation as a contrarian, an education maverick unafraid of taking on the established school groups and wary of an encroaching Washington role.
When Corning Inc. offered to underwrite an ambitious school facilities plan in the community that shares its name, local officials were thrilled. But many residents were not.
Charlotte K. Frank says that solving the problems that have burdened our schools for decades is a matter of how much we really care.
Museums, zoos and other informal classrooms need to be a bigger part of the reform equation, writes Dennis M. Bartels.
What we call achievement tests don't actually measure achievement, says W. James Popham.
Arguing that e-learning too often conflates training with education, Peter W. Cookson Jr. says we need to start thinking of it as an extension of real learning.
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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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