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Just for the Kids is taking its recipe for school success nationwide in an effort to help states do a better job collecting and using their vast collections of school data.
Seven years after Congress last approved sweeping changes to a key federal education law, the final deadlines for compliance are past. Even so, many states still have not met core requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act's 1994 reauthorization. Includes a map, "Seven Years and Counting."
At the end of a decade of an extended drive to improve science learning, the scores of the nation's public school students remain essentially flat. Includes a chart, "Scores Compute."
In the days following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, the U.S. Department of Education was quick to hand out checks to the states whose schools were likely to suffer direct consequences. Now, a wide contrast in needs is apparent as districts try to sort out their immediate and long-term plans.
  • High School Completion Rises Slightly, U.S. Says
  • 369 Chicago Schools Land on State Warning List
  • SAT-Takers Offered New Test After Answers Stuck in Mail
  • Cincinnati Girls Found Guilty in Plot to Poison Teacher
  • N.Y.C. Schools Lift Ban on Student Field Trips
  • Ga. Wants Atlanta Schools to Pay for Wasted Surplus Food
  • Alternative Schools Must Give Regents' Exams, Judge Rules
  • Nationally Certified Teachers in Va. to Receive Smaller Bonuses
Microsoft Corp., which faces scores of private lawsuits for allegedly using its monopoly position to overcharge computer buyers for its software products, announced a sweeping settlement plan last week that would include the launch of a
$1 billion company-sponsored program to pour technology into needy schools.
Faced with intense and widespread opposition, Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker last week withdrew his plan to place the Philadelphia school system under private management, canceling what would have been the largest such privatization experiment in the country.
In San Diego, principals are required to spend two hours a day in classrooms, evaluating instruction. San Diego's efforts come as many districts seek to transform principals from building managers into master teachers.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments about a Texas law cutting off state aid to children who entered the U.S. illegally; a class action lawsuit charges that schools in rural West Virginia are underfunded; a "futurist" addresses a meeting of independent schools; The Heritage Foundation grades President Reagan—he passes, but barely, and more.
Many sleep researchers suspect that, like Americans in general, elementary-school-age children tend not to get enough sleep. Four million dollars has been earmarked by the National Institutes of Health to underwrite research into children's sleep disorders. Includes a column, "Scholary Citings."
Small increases in family income can better prepare poor children for school and help them perform at the same level as their peers who come from higher-income households, a study released last week concludes.
  • School Leaders Tested on Legal Knowledge
  • World Events Dominate Social Studies Forum
Below are the average scores of students on the 2000 NAEP science assessment based on the type of computer use they logged in the classroom. The 12th grade scores are for students who were taking science courses.
A variety of factors—some simmering for years, and others mixed into the brew in recent months—are converging in Pennsylvania to raise the heat on lawmakers to reform the state's method of paying for its schools.
Florida's system for rating its schools may get a major overhaul next month, and the proposed changes are drawing praise from educators while fueling more debate about the state's approach to education policy.
  • Democrats in Congress Cite States' Fiscal Gloom
  • Calif. Education Budget Cuts Eyed
  • Md. to Aid Terror Victims' Children
The highest court in Ohio has ordered both sides in the state's decade-long school finance lawsuit to agree on a settlement—and an outside mediator will be called in to provide a fresh perspective.
A powerful lineup of advocates is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Cleveland voucher program.
The board that oversees the federal testing program has resurrected the prospect of abandoning its long-term trend assessment.
  • Scrutiny for Safety Plans Urged
  • White House Highlights Profiles in Courage
Recent studies show the benefits of intimate settings, but despite those findings, schools continue to grow. Includes a table "Recent Research on Small Schools."
Here are references for some of the more recent studies and literature reviews on small schools:
A proposed University of California admissions change may give schools no choice but to offer high-quality foreign language programs, and it's high time, writes teacher Jerry Jesness.
Despite a lack of research-based support, many teachers remain interested in learning-styles theory. Lenna Ojure and Tom Sherman say there are good reasons for this.
Hugh B. Price, president of the National Urban League, identifies a new wrinkle in achievement disparities: the preparation gap.
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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