October 17, 2001

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For the fourth time in 12 years, state governors gathered last week at an "education summit" to talk about ways to improve the nation's schools. This time, only 15 of them came. The other 35 stayed home to manage their National Guard units or monitor budget crises.
The established world of teacher licensing and certification is being challenged by a newcomer to the field that promises to streamline the complex system while making it more meaningful. Includes an accompanying story, "Foundation Stirs Debate With Report Questioning Research on Licensure."
Many students in Quaker schools across the country have been forced to re-examine her views on peace and war since the terrorism of Sept. 11 and the start of U.S. military action in Afghanistan last week.
As teachers and students around the country talked last week about the U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan and the prospect of a broader war against terrorism, such conversations had a particular interest for high school students in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
Stuyvesant High School in New York City opened its doors last week for the first time since it was evacuated following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Two weeks after suggesting in an e-mail that two members of the San Diego school board be shot, the board's president stepped down from that post.
Departments
  • Union-Backed Candidate Loses N.Y.C. Mayoral Runoff
  • Said to Resemble Attacks, Test Illustration Altered
  • High School Students to Ask for Change in Sex Education
  • Miss. District Votes to Drop Separate Homecoming Courts
  • Student Allowed in Class After Suspension for Posters
  • Group Raising Money To Expand Voucher Seats
  • Federal Judge Orders Woman Hired as Boys' Varsity Coach
  • Death
School leaders in New Haven, Conn., believe the intense pressure to be accountable should be felt beyond the classroom walls. So the school district hopes to share the burden of educating children with parents and the community with a new accountability plan.
A California school district has six months to shape up its special education programs or face a state takeover of the entire school system.
Departments
Youth sports officials are distressed by what they see in youth athletics today: in-your-face bravado, trash-talking parents, behavior that mimics the antics of spoiled professionals youngsters see on television.
20 years ago this week: The end of the baby boom hurts enrollment; education deans recommmend at least five years of college for teachers; measles trasmission reaches a historic low; and a school choir profits from female mud-wrestling.
K12 Inc., William J. Bennett's for-profit company that promises to use the Internet to deliver a "classical" education to American children, launched its learning program for kindergarten through grade 2 last month. But it made the splash amid much skepticism from education industry analysts.
  • Federal Study Examines School Health Policy
  • Armed Officers
  • After-School Activities
  • No Connection
  • Parent Involvement
  • World's Children
  • Vaccine Fears
  • Boys and Puberty
For the first time ever, the federal government plans to begin testing groups of students from around the country to gauge their understanding of economics.
Departments
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has put hundreds of millions into improving public education, has taken its first large-scale step into supporting private schools, with a $4.4 million grant to a group that represents Christian schools.
School districts in seven cities are set to share $60 million in grants designed to help them transform their high schools from an "obsolete, factory model" into places where all students can learn at high levels. Includes the accompanying story, "Gates Foundation Gives $4.4 Million to Religious Schools."
The long-simmering debate over what makes a good teacher nearly boiled over last week, as a Baltimore-based philanthropy released a highly critical review questioning the research basis for state teacher-licensing rules.
Fiscal times were tight in Florida even before last month's terrorist attacks, owing to the slowdown in the economy. Now things look even bleaker—especially for schools—in that tourism-dependent state.
Departments
The race for governor in Virginia was focused squarely on education and a few other issues. Then came the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11—one of them on Virginia soil at the Pentagon—and everything changed.
The Indiana state board of education has approved a school accountability plan that is a compromise between what education and business groups had hoped to see on the sharply debated issue.
  • Neb. School Aid Called Fair Game for Cuts
  • W.Va. Teachers Eligible for Low-Interest Mortgages
  • Pa. Religious Leaders Urge School Finance Changes
Participants in the National Education Summit held last week in Palisades, N.Y., adopted a "statement of principles" identifying three steps that states need to take to sustain momentum toward higher student achievement: improving state testing programs, ensuring that accountability measures are fair and effective, and raising the quality of teaching.
A clearer picture is emerging of what federal programs stand to gain the most, and the least, as spending bills that promise a big hike for the Department of Education's budget make their way through Congress.
For ideas on raising the achievement of minority students, a report released last week says, the nation's public school systems should draw some lessons from their sister schools serving the children of U.S. military personnel stationed in the United States and abroad.
Departments
  • California Expert to Lead Disability-Research Institute
  • Court Rejects Case Alleging Retaliation by Dallas District
  • Department's Record-Keeping Flawed, Inspector General Says
  • Ed. Dept. Grants $4.8 Million for Physical Education
Wendy Ewald has spent more than 30 years putting cameras in the hands of children—with some stark and surprising results. Now she's teaching teachers her successful method.
Inventing an analogous world, author and television host John Merrow traces the frenzied evolution of high-stakes swimming testing in "Atlantis."
Slang and colloquialisms may have their place, writes English teacher Catherine A. Dietz, but schools have a responsibility to teach—and protect—formal language skills.
Students' emotional, sociopsychological, and cultural needs should not be discounted in the rush towards outcome-based reform, says Paul A. Garcia.
Letters
Departments
What students need in the wake of the September 11 attacks is not more multicultural education writes Diane Ravitch, but rather a deeper understanding of world history and the rights and privileges inherent in our own democracy.
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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