October 10, 2001

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School employees around the country are struggling to cope with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon four weeks ago. Because of the nature of their jobs, however, few are provided with or take the time to ease their own grief or worries. Read this and other stories in this week's installment of our series, Terror Touches Schools.
Across the country, the number of applications to private schools is rising, and such schools' enrollments are swelling. But many private schools have a limited ability to expand, forcing them to turn away greater numbers of those wishing to attend.
A national commission formed to study the nation's high schools wrapped up its work last week with a ringing endorsement for providing a college-preparatory curriculum to every American high school student.
California education officials are working to steer their assessment and accountability system through stormy seas once again, after revealing that scoring errors on tests taken more than a year ago led the state to distribute some $750,000 in improvement awards to schools and employees not eligible to receive them.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent tens of millions to break up large high schools into smaller ones, believing it can improve student achievement. Mountlake Terrace High School Principal Mark Baier won an $833,000 grant from the foundation to restructure his 1,900-student school north of Seattle.
Stung by a newspaper probe that found thousands of unlicensed teachers in city classrooms, Chicago school leaders announced a crackdown last week.
Advocates for vouchers say they're convinced of the success of the option, even though a U.S. General Accounting Office report issued last week concludes that research doesn't provide a definitive answer on whether publicly financed tuition-voucher programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee have raised student achievement.
Departments
  • Judge Orders Reinstatement of N.Y.C. District Leader
  • Hispanics Unhappy With Map
    Approved by Dallas Board
  • 27 Buffalo Teachers Face Job Loss
    Over Residency Rule
  • Broward County Union Head Resigns After His Arrest
  • Arrests Prompt Okla. School to Cancel Freshman Football
  • N.H. School Board Leaves
    Association Over Dispute
  • Death
The next generation of math textbooks should cover fewer topics in more depth, offer teachers the tools to customize lesson plans, and try to reach students of varying ability levels.
A new study calls into question the popular notion that grading standards in the nation's high schools just aren't what they used to be.
Departments
The American Academy of Pediatrics released guidelines last week for treating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, emphasizing that behavioral therapies should be used alongside medication.
Departments
Twenty years ago this week: The Department of Justice looks for alternatives to court-ordered busing; unions oppose the proposed dismantling of the Deptment of Education; Ed Asner stars in an advertising campaign to support public schools; North Carolina begins teacher and principal performance-evaluations; and more.
With the political and military upheaval in Afghanistan and martial law in Pakistan, state-run schools are barely functioning, leaving religious schools to fill in the gap. Those schools, in many ways, are training the young men who could become a new generation of warriors against the United States.
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Edison Schools Inc., the nation's largest for-profit manager of public schools, reported last week that many of its schools continue to raise test scores.
Minority students have high expectations for their future, but many of their teachers and principals don't share that view, concludes a report released last week.
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The Lilly Endowment has awarded $44.3 million in grants to the Indianapolis schools and 10 surrounding districts, hoping that the aid can facilitate a wide range of improvements to help Indiana battle low test scores, disappointing college-completion rates, and other indicators of academic struggle.
A national survey of 1,241 public and private school students asked how their schools reacted to the recent terrorist attacks.Teachers have been talking about the tragedy in class since it happened.
The National Commission on the High School Senior Year says all students should leave high school prepared for postsecondary study. To accomplish that, the panel recommends:
Over the past two years, Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes has pushed through a number of measures designed to aid students who are not meeting academic standards, such as class-size reduction and extra time for instruction.
Michigan legislators are scrambling to protect a new, pared-down school aid budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, even as they contemplate a more austere budget for the next one.
Departments
  • Doubts Over Scoring Delay N.Y. Test Results
  • Pa. Governor Hits Phila. Schools in Farewell Speech
  • Calif. Suit Over Schools Expanded to Whole State
The first meeting of the Education Leaders Council, five years ago, could have been compared to a support-group session, where a handful of conservative- leaning state schools chiefs who felt out of step with more established education groups found solace in one another's company.
It's looking to be another big year—perhaps a record-breaker—for federal spending on education. Includes "State Group: ESEA Bills 'Seriously Flawed.'"
If Congress ultimately approves the budget figures passed by a House subcommittee last week, the Department of Education's discretionary budget will have increased by more than 38 percent in the past two years.
Departments
The nation's main special education law has "serious cracks" and needs more than just money to fix it, Republican leaders said last week.
A 43-year-old desegregation case involving the Hillsborough County, Fla., school system came to an end last week, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to disturb a federal appeals court ruling that the district was no longer segregated.
William J. Leidinger, a former county executive and local politician, has been named by President Bush to fill a long-vacant slot at the Department of Education: assistant secretary for management.
  • Oversight of 'High Risk' Grantees Is Inadequate, Inspector Reports
  • Title I Money Falls Far Short, Education Alliance Argues
  • Department Awards $50 Million to Improve History Instruction
Following are excerpts from a Sept. 26 letter the National Conference of State Legislatures sent to Congress, criticizing various aspects of pending legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
If the Education Leaders Council needed to prove that it has progressed from splinter group to big-stick status, the group's sixth annual conference seemed a good time for its organizers to boast how far the group—and its ideas about education—have come.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is betting $350 million on the creation of small high schools. All that stands in the way is decades of American tradition.
The Chicago Child-Parent Centers provide a model for preschool literacy education, says Professor Arthur J. Reynolds.
If we want all our students to succeed, writes Vincent Schrader, reducing the size of our schools is a place to start.
What we tell children during this time of national crisis is less important than what we do, reflects Bruce Shaw.
To make good on the pledge to leave "no child behind," the nation must ensure that accountability efforts don't leave alternative education behind, either, say authors Jackie Kraemer and Betsy Brown Ruzzi.
Letters
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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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