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When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the topic of Cleveland's school vouchers next week in a case destined for landmark status, the wisdom or efficacy of vouchers won't really be at issue. But in Cleveland, the policy debate over the voucher plan has continued to simmer ever since the program was enacted.
Even here in Florida, most people don't know the state's secretary of education, Jim Horne. But they should. Hired last summer by Gov. Jeb Bush, he is the engineer behind one of the nation's most ambitious state overhauls of education.
President Bush is proposing to deliver through tax policy what he could not with education policy last year: a ticket to private school for students in low-performing public schools. But his plan for education tax credits will face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill.
The Bush administration has launched $10 million multi-media anti-drug campaign seeking to link drug use and terrorism. Some experts say the it carries a significant risk of backfiring.
Children should be encouraged to be physically active, beginning at birth, through daily exposure to structured, age-appropriate activities that develop their motor skills and enhance their aptitude for exercise, say the first ever physical-activity guidelines for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
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  • Muslim-Led School Sues
    Over Revoked Charter
  • Boston Officials Mull Notion
    Of Teachers' Giving Injections
  • Web Service Lets Students
    Report Campus Dangers
  • Study Says Youth Drug, Alcohol Use
    Triggers Reckless Sexual Behavior
  • Voters Grant Austin Schools
    Money to Remove Mold
  • N.D. Attorney General Gives
    Go-Ahead for Gym Project
  • Student to Receive $150,000
    Because of Teacher's Remark
  • Graduate to Sue Fla. District
    Over Yearbook-Picture Policy
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Maryland's governor and key state legislators are pursuing a plan to block the firing of a local superintendent and wrest control away from the school board that dismissed her.
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In an action that may be unprecedented in New Mexico, two current and three former school board members in Las Cruces have been charged with four criminal counts each of violating the state Open Meetings Act.
Selected stories from Feb. 17, 1981: A survey says the demand for teachers fell for the second consecutive year; Wesleyan University reverses a 15-year-old policy of admitting all qualified students regardless of their ability to pay; an Idaho House committee approves a bill that would require "mediation or prayer" for students; and students lost overnight on hiking trip are suspended for disobeying their teacher.
Sophomores who failed Indiana's high school graduation test because of the trauma spawned by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States will get a second chance on the reading and mathematics exam next month.
When Argentina's economy collapsed suddenly at the end of last year, the hope and promise stored in its education system abruptly ended. Today, many educators there wonder if schools will even open next month to begin the new academic year.
In the average Michigan school district, spending rose three times faster on central-administration costs between 1997 and 2000 than it did on teachers' salaries, new data show.
State school boards have a greater responsibility than ever to create school systems that value student diversity and hold all students to high standards, declares a report by a national group representing state boards.
The Cato Institute, a Washington-based think tank that promotes limited government and the value of free markets, is looking to carve out a niche in the school choice debates with a new Center for Educational Freedom.
Immigrant children from Mexico are much more likely to be enrolled in school by the time they become teenagers if they moved to the United States at roughly 10 years old or younger, according to a study conducted by a University of Washington researcher.
  • Student Expelled for Violent Poem Loses Court Appeal
  • Broken Bones
  • Choice Ruling
  • Group Cites Schools Near Toxic-Waste Sites
  • Smaller Classes
  • College Freshmen
  • Benefits of Desegregation
  • United Nations History
  • Hate Crimes
  • Technology and Curriculum
  • Reading and Writing
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  • Access to Educators' Qualifications
    Now a Click Away in Kentucky
  • A Smaller Math Gap?
  • Literacy Revisited
  • Home Sweet Home
  • 'Teacherages'
  • Strings Attached

  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
Wisconsin's hotly debated high school graduation exam, scheduled to be pilot- tested in April, would be delayed for two years because of a lack of funding, under a proposal Gov. Scott McCallum has submitted to lawmakers.
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Middle school science teachers in Texas are worried that their classroom resources are going to be drastically reduced because, starting next fall, the state will no longer require schools to administer its 8th grade science test.
The South, long burdened with a reputation for low rankings in education, has new bragging rights. In a recent speech, Gov. Roy E. Barnes of Georgia boasted just how far Southern states have come in education.
  • Student Exposure to Drugs
    On the Rise in Nevada
  • Interim Illinois Chief Resigns
  • Pa. Eyes Tracking of Buses
  • La. Schools Get New Awards
The Department of Education's boom days may be coming to an end, if President Bush has his way. Includes an accompanying story, "Early-Childhood-Education Advocates Say President's Budget Fails to Meet His Rhetoric"; a chart, "Opening Bid"; and a table, "Bush Budget Scorecard."
It's the conventional wisdom among lawmakers, educators, and pundits: The federal government's share of total K-12 education spending is about 7 percent. But that figure isn't exactly accurate anymore, given the large increases the federal education budget has received in recent years.
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President Bush has requested $50.3 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Education for fiscal 2003 (which begins Oct. 1), an increase of $1.4 billion, or 2.8 percent. That would be less than a fifth of the 15.9 percent increase for the department approved by Congress and signed into law for the current fiscal year. This graph shows the recent appropriations for the department by fiscal year.
Here are some highlights from President Bush's proposed Department of Education budget for fiscal 2003 and comparisons with current funding levels.
Initiatives intended to improve teachers' skills in the use of technology and to bridge the "digital divide" would be cut under President Bush's proposed fiscal 2003 budget.
  • Reynolds, After Five Months,
    To Get Senate Hearing
  • Bush Education Aide Leaves White House
Schools across the country are grappling with whether to renovate existing—and possibly historic—buildings, or demolish them and build anew. But historic preservationists and some architects increasingly say that schools can have both.
Given the stakes now involved, math pedagogy and assessment should be geared toward making sure students are able to use math in their adult roles, writes Arnold Packer.
Journalist Howard Good remembers, without fondness, the bad teachers of his school days.
Lloyd H. Elliot offers a prescription to revive schools: substantially higher teacher salaries and year-round school.
Harry Potter's moral philosophy.
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