October 31, 2001

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As anthrax stories dominated the headlines last week, national groups and federal and state agencies were issuing guidance on how to respond to bioterrorism threats, especially mail that might be contaminated with the anthrax bacterium. Includes list of resources.
States throughout the country are feeling the aftershocks of the Sept. 11 terrorism, as lawmakers work to balance lean budgets and blunt the impact of spending cuts on schools. Includes the story, "A Snapshot of the States' Fiscal Health."
Pennsylvania lawmakers are preparing for what increasingly looks like a state takeover of the Philadelphia city schools and a possible transfer of district management to Edison Schools Inc.
Some districts are re-examining their policies banning cellphones, especially in light of events such as the terrorist attacks and the spate of school shootings in recent years when students used cellphones to reach anxious parents.
Nearly 500 teachers, administrators, and other staff members in the Buffalo, N.Y., school district are scheduled to be laid off Dec. 1 in an effort to eliminate a $28 million budget shortfall.
Tuition at public and private colleges is rising, and while a record amount of financial aid is available, more students than ever are relying on loans rather than grants to pay for their educations, the College Board says in a pair of new reports.
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  • Most Salt Lake City Schools to Stay
    Open During Games
  • Boston Superintendent Back on Job
    After Illness
  • Student Suffers Injuries After
    Being Put Off Bus
  • Online Charter Schools Expensive,
    Pa. Districts Say
  • L.A. School Board Votes to Buy
    Historic Hotel
  • Cincinnati Superintendent to Get
    33 Percent Raise
  • Miami-Dade School Board Establishes
    Ethics Panel
  • Science Project Uses bin Laden Poster
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A group of rural educators says it wanted a new tool to help gain something many schools lack: the ability to examine their work more critically and professionally.
State-level accountability programs must be changed significantly so that they adequately support teaching and assessment, a report released last week by a commission of educators says.
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What teachers teach, what state standards expect, and what states' assessments test are rarely the same, researchers reported last week.
A task force charged with dismantling the Department of Education deadlocks ... and more.
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Technology PageA growing number of students nationwide are increasingly attracted to robotics, which melds engineering, electronics, and technology. Includes an accompanying column, "Learning Links."
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The music-recording industry is asking schools to help parents understand its "parental-advisory label," but some experts say the label is too vague.
Here are some of the organizations and government agencies offering guidance on anthrax and biological terrorism:
New Jersey's gubernatorial candidates were asked during a recent televised forum why they sought the state's highest office. They couldn't have agreed more: It's the schools.
The architects of Wisconsin's first-ever high school graduation test made plans to proceed with its development late last week at the governor's urging, despite state education department officials' efforts to halt the project for lack of funding.
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Undocumented immigrants who graduate from California high schools can now qualify to pay in-state college tuition, under a new state law.
Hawaii's interim superintendent, Patricia Hamamoto, promises to "stay the course" and build on the systemwide changes Paul G. LeMahieu initiated, in spite of his abrupt departure from the state chief's post earlier this month.
  • California Urged to Improve
    Qualifications of Teachers
  • Vt. Selects New Schools Chief
  • ETS Gets Calif. Test Contract
  • Mass. Charter Oversight Faulted
  • N.J. Gets Pre-K Review Deadline
Since the nation's economy was dealt a severe blow by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the fiscal situations of many states have deteriorated. Below are brief summaries of the budget picture in the 50 states and how K-12 education is being affected.
With congressional office buildings closed all or most of last week after anthrax spores were detected on Capitol Hill Oct. 15, displaced lawmakers and staff on the education committees did their best to keep working. But several education-related events were postponed amid the tumult.
Hate crimes, which have been getting heightened attention since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, have found their way into this year's congressional debate over education.
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In a Florida district, administrators are asking teachers to do more to improve student behavior. The effort is showing positive signs. Includes the story, "Verbal Judo."
Rick Lewis offers teachers a choice of two responses for dealing with a student who won't stay in his seat.
Derek Furr, a middle-school reading specialist, argues that, with their current emphasis on high-stakes testing and standards of learning, our public schools are virtually ensuring that some children will be left behind.
In revisting the 1974 film "Conrack," Jonathan Burack finds a telling gauge of the transformation of progressive education.
As American schools tussle with annual testing and greater accountability, education reformers would do well to look across the pond to see how similar changes have affected schools in England, writes Mike Baker, education correspondent for BBC news.
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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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