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Interactive technology offers thousands of children who are hospitalized or homebound a link to classmates and teachers that may prevent them from losing academic ground—and losing touch.
Over the past decade, a cutting-edge approach to math has been turning mathematics teachers into reading aides. The new curricula, which attempt to introduce students to the subject in real-life situations, require more reading and writing than students have ever been asked to do before in math classes.
An influential group of black state legislators issued a high-profile call to peers in state capitals and school districts across the country last week, urging them to help bridge the academic-achievement gap that separates black and white students. Includes the accomanying chart, "State Lawmakers' Recommendations."
A student's decision to alert school authorities, followed by five weeks of intense cooperation between police and school officials, is being credited with foiling an alleged school-shooting plot and preventing a tragedy potentially on the scale of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo.
  • Wis. High Court Allows Liability for Playground Fall
  • Duval County, Fla., District Is Desegregated, Court Agrees
  • Albuquerque School Officers to Carry Weapons Off-Hours
  • New York Firefighters to Thank S.C. School for New Truck
  • Wash. State Woman, 32, Sentenced After Posing
    As High School Student
  • Calif. District Clarifies Method for Giving Out Teacher Bonuses
  • University of Texas Drops Appeals in Hopwood Case
  • Death
Margaret Byrd Rawson, whose pioneering research and advocacy work in dyslexia helped lead educators around the world to a greater understanding of how to help children with reading disabilities, died Nov. 25. She was 102.
As top deputies for Philadelphia's mayor and Pennsylvania's governor parried last week over how the state will take over the city's schools, hundreds of chanting citizens stopped rush-hour traffic to demonstrate their opposition to hiring private management to run their neediest schools.
Military recruiters' access to high school campuses has been a complicated and often politically charged issue. But recruiting students into the military may soon become easier because of an amendment to the K-12 education bill under consideration by Congress.
The Reagan administration struggles with the federal role in education; a poll reveals absentee teachers cost school districts billions of dollars each year; urban school superintendents and colleges form alliances, and more.
Technology Page Their stock values have tanked, sales to consumers are sluggish, and many have laid off employees. Still, the nation's top high-tech companies are promising schools that they have no plans to downsize their philanthropic initiatives. Includes the accompanying story, "Intel Chief Talks About Education."
Technology Page In a Nov. 6 interview with Education Week, Craig R. Barrett, 62, the chief executive officer of Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of microchips and a leading sponsor of educational initiatives in many countries, discussed some of his views on education with Staff Writer Andrew Trotter.
A federal judge last week dismissed six lawsuits against the Jefferson County, Colo., school district and seven school employees stemming from the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School.
The New York City school system's plan to make changes in its programs for English-language learners, an issue that ignited fierce debate in a district with one of the largest immigrant populations in the nation, has slowed significantly because system officials don't have the money to implement the changes.
When parents have more options for their children's schooling, academic achievement, salaries, and graduation rates in school systems all tend to improve—but not by much. That conclusion comes in a recent review of studies looking at the effects of competition on education.
The New York City board of education has unveiled a plan for a "broadband educational network" via its television and radio stations, which have been the focus of some controversy recently.
One of the nation's largest university systems continues to be at the center of debate over how students seeking admission to higher education should be judged.
Ohio's first online charter school—the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow, or eCOT—received $1.7 million in state payments for students who may not have met enrollment requirements in September and October of 2000, a recent state audit concludes.
In the heady days of the dot-com economy, about a dozen "e-procurement" companies promised to streamline schools' inefficient purchasing systems. Now, only a handful of those companies still exist, and their numbers continue to dwindle.
  • Staff-Development Guidelines Emphasize Student Achievement
  • Bank Examination
  • Trips to Mars
  • Catholic Schools TAP In
  • Book Paucity
Warning that New York's only state-supervised district is on the brink of financial and educational bankruptcy, state education officials have threatened to disperse its 3,200 students to neighboring districts if the legislature doesn't come to the rescue.
The percentage of English-language learners that California school districts reclassify each year as fluent in English has increased slightly since the anti- bilingual-education Proposition 227 was implemented in the state three years ago.
Think of them as little dreams trapped in cardboard boxes. Among them are teachers' ideas for getting children excited about mathematics, and for making history come alive in the classroom. In all, more than a thousand of them are stowed away—for now, anyway—in offices of the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Ariz. Wants More Accountability
  • Calif. Charter School Panel Formed
  • Va. Lowers Some Test Cutoff Scores
"Closing the Achievement Gap," a report released last week by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, recommends that legislatures and school districts take the following actions:
A lively U.S. Supreme Court oral argument last week had several justices recalling their own school days and wondering whether common classroom practices were threatened by a strict interpretation of federal law.
House and Senate negotiators appeared to have reached an accord on annual testing last week, pushing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization one crucial step closer to final passage.
Arguing that Internet pornography is "readily accessible to children," the Bush administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court last week to uphold a federal law designed to protect minors from sexually explicit material on the World Wide Web.
  • Virginia Official Named to Special Education Post
  • Colorado Republican Won't Seek Re-Election
Creating and reinforcing an elite professional culture among teachers would be a radicially democratic way to improve schools, writes Peter Temes.
It's time to get back to what research has confirmed works best in early-literacy instruction, lest at-risk children are left way behind, write Jerry Zimmerman and Carolyn Brown.
Tony Wagner says that new small schools are encouraging accountable relationships, which motivate students through respect and sense of purpose rather than fear.
Instead of ignoring lunch period, writes Karen E. Stout, we should use this time to instill in schoolchildren some of our most cherished values.
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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