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Since 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has reaped more than $109 million in federal money to design the assessments it uses to identify highly skilled teachers. Meanwhile, 33 states and some 280 school districts have invested in financial incentives to encourage teachers to seek the group's seal of approval. Now, the question is being asked: What difference does the board make?
Finding affordable health insurance for the 475 employees of the Dripping Springs school district in Texas has been a fruitless task for Superintendent Mary Ward.
Congress and the Bush administration are aiming to base school improvement efforts less on intuition and experience and more on research-based evidence. But the question arises: Who decides what counts as such?
Leaders of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are aiming to overhaul the way they do business in an attempt to make their institutions more meaningful to younger teachers. Includes "Minneapolis Labor Leaders Mold a Different Kind of Union."
opening session: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is greeted by legislators as he enters the House chamber to deliver his State of the State Address Jan. 22.
Dallas voters this month approved a $1.36 billion bond package for school construction, the largest school bond measure ever passed in Texas, in a dramatic turn of fortune for a district long beleaguered by administrative turmoil.
Alleged student computer hacking and pornographic Web site viewing in the Henrico County, Va., schools have led officials there to tighten security and access to students' district-provided laptop computers.
Departments
  • Teacher Pension Funds Tally Enron
    Investment Losses
  • Mo. Accreditation Review Team Visits
    Kansas City District
  • Iowa District Had Legal Right
    To Fire Teacher, Judge Rules
  • Ohio Mother Ordered to Repay Tuition
    For Illegal Enrollment
  • Minority Residents Decry Plan to End Busing
  • W.Va. Principal's Pet Terrier
    Attacks Student at School
  • Bus Driver Faces Kidnapping Charges
Thirteen private school children were returned to Oley, Pa., early last Friday morning after being taken by a school bus driver, who was armed with a loaded semi-automatic rifle, on an unauthorized six-hour trip to Landover Hills, Md.
Departments
At least three new federal panels are being formed to continue the review of reading research begun by the National Reading Panel, whose report of two years ago has influenced the development of federal and state policies in literacy instruction.
Turner Broadcasting System's free daily package of news and features for classrooms is about to take on a more commercial tinge, with the introduction of paid corporate sponsorships.
Departments
Departments
Are whole-school-reform models meeting the high expectations of lawmakers and educators? That depends on who's doing the evaluating and which whole-school experiments they're looking at, according to a panel brought here last week by the Brookings Institution.
Selected stories from Feb. 2, 1982: The Supreme Court upholds a ruling banning voluntary prayer in public schools; Philadelphia ousts its superintendent; a mother who kept her children out of school is jailed; a study finds that children who watch a great deal of T.V. do worse in reading; and more.
A lawyer for a Muslim-led group of charter schools based in Fresno, Calif., is calling a decision to revoke the school's charter a reaction to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, and is seeking a court injunction that would allow the schools to continue receiving public funds.
Technology Page Many educators and parents have concluded that the increasingly popular keyboard device called an "AlphaSmart" is a mixed blessing.
As three decades of court-ordered desegregation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., schools wind down, a new era of choice has begun with a bang. Nearly every family in the district is clamoring for a chance they have never had before: the chance to select which schools their children attend.
A report from the nation's information-technology industry pats educators on the back for raising student achievement and the availability of classroom technology over the past decade, but suggests there is much more work to be done to prepare the nation's future workforce.
Departments
The president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers knows that her youngest union members don't rush home after school to paint union placards.
Many kindergarten teachers in California are likely to get a close look at the talents and needs of some of their future students even before the youngsters set foot in their classrooms.
Two national groups hoping to make schools safe from harassment and discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students have teamed up to produce a guidebook that describes which types of state laws and policies best meet that mission.
Departments
  • Ore. Schools Chief Fights
    Ethics-Violation Charges
  • Setback for Phila. Takeover Foes
  • Panel: School for Deaf Improved
  • UC Approves Tuition Break
  • Texas Commissioner to Leave
  • Illinois Teacher Shortage Grows
  • Michigan
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • South Carolina
Hundreds of specific appropriations detailed in page after page of the conference-committee report accompanying the Education Department's 2002 spending bill reflect a growing trend of congressional "earmarks" in the education budget and overall federal budget. Includes, "Final Fiscal 2001 and Fiscal 2002 Appropriations."
Departments
The U.S. Supreme Court last week passed up a chance to review whether school "zero tolerance" discipline policies are so harsh that they violate the constitutional rights of students.
  • Bush to Seek $1 Billion Hikes
    For Title I and IDEA Grants
  • President Wants Boost for Black Colleges
  • Seminar to Feature Education Secretaries
  • Idaho Governor Named to NAGB
A sample of students in five urban districts—Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City—were scheduled to take part in a federal testing program this week, as a result of a little-noticed provision in the fiscal 2002 budget Congress approved.
The hundreds of congressional "earmarks" in the fiscal 2002 budget for the Department of Education cover a wide range of projects and programs. They are scattered across the country, and together total about $440 million, according to the department. Supporters defend such allocations as being tailored to legitimate needs; opponents dismiss them as "pork" secured without public scrutiny by well-placed lawmakers. Below is just a sampling.
Shown below are the members of the two congressional subcommittees with direct jurisdiction over spending for the Department of Education.
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, researchers are studying ways to link new technologies to student learning.
No other investment in education would have as great an impact on student achievement as formal training of substitute teachers, says Geoffrey G. Smith.
As we move further away from Sept. 11, observes school superintendent Suzanne Tingley, a new and unexpected concern is beginning to emerge—not that everything has changed, but that, in terms of schooling our children for the future, nothing has changed.
Reliability in classroom teaching plays a critical role in improving student learning and must be fostered through rigorous school-management systems, writes Leon M. Lessinger.
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