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Floated early on as an idea by the American Federation of Teachers' legendary leader Albert Shanker, charter schools seemed to offer the promise of creating a variety of public schools free from bureaucratic meddling. But as laws favoring the new-style schools passed in state after state, teachers' unions generally opposed them.
Gigi Dobosenski is a first-year teacher at Minnesota New Country School. She's also a curriculum developer, a staff recruiter, a performance evaluator, a school spokeswoman, and a maintenance worker.
The 15 home-school consultants in Oregon's 19,000-student Hillsboro school district see it as their job to help Mexican immigrant families meet basic needs so their children are more likely to attend school.
The education bidding wars began last week on Capitol Hill, as Democrats sought to one-up—or even two- or three-up—President Bush and congressional Republicans. The result is a multibillion-dollar disagreement over how much to spend on the Department of Education.
More children around the country are signed up to receive free or reduced- price school lunches than are eligible, program officials say, a discrepancy that affects billions of dollars in federal grants as well as local school district policies.
  • More than 27 million children in 97,700 American schools get free or reduced-cost meals each day through the National School Lunch Program.
  • District Sued Over Method for Proving Residence
  • Albuquerque Breakup Plan Draws N.M. Governor's Veto
  • Wrestling Coach in Indiana Charged With Animal Cruelty
  • Cincinnati District Seeks Help in Saving School Ornamentation
  • Teacher Offers Extra Credit for Buying Flag Stickers
  • Mich. Father Wins Refund of Laptop-Computer Fees
  • Parents of Slain Students File Claim Against District
A group representing Christian schools is launching a program to help such schools thrive in urban communities. Christian Schools International hopes that by developing a model to guide the creation of self-sustaining schools in urban centers, newly founded Christian schools can remain open.
Six school districts in and around Atlanta expect to have almost $2 billion in sales-tax revenue for school facilities over the next five years, thanks to voters who went to the polls last week.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation last week announced that it will award more than $40 million in grant money to create 70 small "early college" high schools.
Selected stories from March 31, 1982: Shortages of math and science teachers reach crisis point, a survey says; members of the Reagan cabinet approve a proposal for private-school-tuition tax credits; Denver develops a new desegregation plan; four nuns in Hampton, N.H., sue the diocesan bishop and school superintendent to find out why they were fired; and more.
A controversy over a charter school's attendance policy has rankled teachers and sparked a heated conversation about standards, accountability, teachers' rights, and the influence of politically powerful parents.
Voters in an Illinois town last week defeated a referendum that would have encouraged their K-8 school district to adopt a specific curriculum.
Richard Robinson's $2 billion-a-year company, Scholastic Inc., is known for classroom magazines and other supplementary educational materials, school book clubs and fairs, TV and Internet ventures, and U.S. children's book publishing that includes a character by the name of Harry Potter.
Educators on the front lines of spotting and helping students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may lack a clear picture of the syndrome's prevalence, but a new study aims to help clarify the question.

Charter schools—independently operated public schools of choice, first authorized by a 1991 Minnesota law—have been in operation only since 1992. But they are slowly changing the landscape of public education.

The chart shows the states where Mexican emigrants, ages 5-18, have taken up residence in the United States.
State lawmakers around the country have been crafting legislation that would have schools begin the day with the Pledge of Allegiance, post the national motto "In God We Trust" in classrooms, or require students to take classes that teach patriotism.
U.S. Rep. Rod R. Blagojevich edged out former Chicago schools chief Paul G. Vallas last week in the Democratic primary race to become the next governor of Illinois.
A recent audit that found Georgia's K-12 curriculum to be rife with gaps and lacking in rigor has prompted officials to begin a wholesale revision of the state's 5-year-old academic guidelines.
After years of stop-and-start efforts, the Michigan state board of education has approved a school evaluation system that would give each school a grade using what is likely the nation's broadest array of grading criteria.
  • Ohio School Finance Case Heading Back to Court
  • Md. Must Meet Title I Testing Rules
  • Alanis Named Texas Commissioner
  • N.J. Chief Signals Hike in Pre-K Aid
  • Swift Exits Mass. Governor's Race
A negotiating committee reached consensus last week on proposed federal rules for state standards and assessment systems under the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Includes the story "Reaching Consensus."
Drug testing in schools stoked an intense argument in the U.S. Supreme Court last week, with a seeming majority of the justices willing to expand a 1995 decision that allowed drug testing of student athletes, and thus uphold an Oklahoma district's policy of testing a wider group of students.
The Senate education committee plans to move quickly to pass its version of the main federal law on special education, which is up for reauthorization this year.
  • Committee Alters, OKs Research Plan
  • Study to Examine Reading Programs
  • Bills Seek Loan Relief for Teachers
The negotiating committee considering rules for state standards and tests under the "No Child Left Behind" Act recommended a number of other changes or clarifications in the draft regulations from the Department of Education. Here are some highlights of the panel's proposals:
Female athletes often struggle to get equal resources—much less recognition. Not so in Fosston, Minn., where the girls' basketball team wins games and the adoration of an entire town.
As schools and districts try to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act, Nancy Willard looks at ways to do that and teach students responsible internet use.
Daniel Born warns against punishments that are destructive of learning, such as assigning reading and writing assignments for bad behavior.
Educational research is not going to produce the instant results that Americans are looking for, but that does not make it useless, according to James J. Gallagher.
Marcus L. Herzberg suggests answers for the question, "How do you justify to students having them learn something that they don't want to, despite your attempts as a teacher to foster interest or increase motivation?"
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