January 16, 2002

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The Children's Internet Protection Act requires schools using federal funds for Internet use or connections to have filtering systems in place by July of this year, or risk losing federal education aid. But the requirements of CIPA, as the law is known, worry some educators and have prompted a legal challenge.
Residency rules for teachers still have their proponents among some school and city leaders, but with urban districts struggling to recruit enough qualified teachers, many forecast the extinction of such dictates.
The potential dangers and depressing physical characteristics of many child-care centers have some early-childhood policymakers saying it's time to start focusing more attention on improving the quality of the nation's child-care and preschool facilities.
Interviews by Education Week reporters with officials in 45 states suggest that, by and large, state leaders applaud the thrust of the newly reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act and welcome the billions of new dollars Congress has appropriated for education. But they also have a number of questions and concerns.
The decades-old desegregation case in Yonkers, N.Y., could end this year if a federal court approves a settlement that would pump an additional $300 million in state money into the struggling school district.
The Austin, Texas, school district closed the book on an almost 3-year-old testing scandal last week, pleading no contest to a criminal conviction and agreeing to pay a $5,000 fine.
Departments
  • North Carolina Schools Assemble Crisis Kits
  • Baltimore District Settles Suit Over Teacher's Use of Guide Dog
  • Calif. Superintendent Resigns After Uproar Over Spending
  • Chicago Mayor Praises District's Flexible High School Schedules
  • N.M. Principal Won't Return $390,000 in Incentive Pay
  • Government Seizes a Portion of Nevada District's NSF Grant
  • Houston-Area Students to Get Cash for Tips on Crime Threats
Departments
The free-speech rights of student journalists in Pennsylvania may be seriously reduced if proposed changes to the state education code pass, some school newspaper advisers and the state press association say.
The president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators is under scrutiny for spending up to $20,000 in local school district funds for promotional materials highlighting himself and his district at a time when he was seeking that leadership position.
Departments
Like many other residents of Utah, the students at McPolin Elementary School in Park City can't wait for the 2002 Winter Olympics to begin in Salt Lake City next month. For the past year, the youngsters been learning about the Gamesthrough extracurricular activities, assemblies, special projects, and classroom lessons designed by the local Olympic committee.
An expert predicts that computers will kill long division; a desegregation plan loses funding in N.J.; the Illinois superintendent moves ahead on a controversial plans to teach values in schools; a panel warns the U.S. students aren't getting as much math and science as students in other industrialized countries; and more.
With a demographic bump in the number of young children, and with many parents eager to spend on toys that will not only entertain but also teach, this could be a golden era for educational toys. Includes an accompanying business story, "School Managers Chancellor and Beacon Merge."
In the latest consolidation in the for-profit education industry, Chancellor Academies Inc. merged last week with Beacon Education Management to form the country's second-largest school management company.
Recruiting highly qualified teachers to work in needy school districts isn't difficult if administrators know where to look for candidates, concludes a report released last week.
Departments
A national foundation gave a major boost last week to 15 states and 10 districts working to improve the quality of leadership in education.
The State of the States
  • California
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
Michigan state schools chief Thomas D. Watkins is betting that his new blueprint for school accountability will win approval by this spring, ending four years of official wavering over how best to rate schools in the Great Lakes State.
Departments
  • Pa. Court Overturns Harrisburg Takeover
  • Mass. Rewards New Ideas
  • Interim Illinois Chief Trims Agency
  • Calif. Exam Discriminates, Group Says
Eschewing a Rose Garden ceremony, President Bush signed the new federal education act last week at what could best be described as a heartland pep rally.
The changes in the new education law "virtually eliminate dedicated federal funding for K-12 math and science education," advocates for math and science teachers declared in a last-minute plea for help in lobbying for a new mathematics and science program.
Departments
A diverse coalition of religious and education groups, as well as labor unions representing not only teachers but also firefighters and pipefitters, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Cleveland voucher program.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear the appeal of a Minnesota high school biology teacher who was reassigned because he refused to teach a unit on the theory of evolution in accordance with the district's curriculum.
Secretary of Education Rod Paige has turned to a young but experienced Pennsylvania official to advise him on the use of technology in education.
  • Bush Names Director for 'Reading First' Program
  • Department Offers Research Grants
In an unusual move, an Oklahoma school district and a nursing home have joined forces to build and run an early-childhood facility that brings together young and old.
Thanks to a variety of factors—including omission from state standards—the history research paper is now an endangered species at the high school level, laments The Concord Review editor Will Fitzhugh.
When it comes to student dress, writes John Northrop, schools need to set some limits on individualism.
Jay P. Greene writes that misreported graduation statistics are obscuring the most serious problem in U.S. education.
Departments
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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