April 3, 2002

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Some of the nation's Roman Catholic schools have been hit directly by the crisis facing the American church over cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors by priests that have come to light in recent months.
The appointed panel in charge of the Philadelphia public schools announced plans last week to hire 12 companies and nonprofit groups to offer advice on how to turn around the beleaguered district. But the move raised a host of questions and fueled fears that private companies would gain too much control of the school system.
Teachers and administrators in 27 states are finally free to ride the nation's bucking financial markets after years of watching from the stands—a trip that is proving both liberating and painful.
A large proportion of schools in every state could be identified as "needing improvement" under the new federal education law and could eventually be subject to penalties. Includes: "Study Reveals Grim Prospects for Racial Achievement Gap."
First, the president of the 10,000-member Broward Teachers Union in Florida was sent to federal prison for soliciting a teenage girl on the Internet from union headquarters. Now, allegations have emerged that both a smear campaign and election fraud took place during the race to replace him.
AOL TimeWarner has backed off plans to run paid sponsorships on its CNN classroom news show after being hit with a barrage of criticism from consumer groups, educators, and parents.
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  • K.C. Students Strip Searched Over Missing Lunch Money
  • Georgia Teachers Resign After Showing R-Rated Film
  • Los Angeles Board Revokes Software Firm's Contract
  • Texas Spec. Ed. Student Dies After Being Restrained
  • Buffalo Residents Raise Money To Support School Field Trips
  • Federal Judge Approves Yonkers Settlement
  • Six Va. Students Are Charged In Alleged Counterfeiting Scheme
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It all started with a 10th grade biology project about leaves. But the dust-up over the handling of a student-plagiarism incident in the normally tranquil Kansas City, Kan., suburb of Piper doesn't appear likely to subside any time soon.
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After 10 years of running prekindergarten programs for disadvantaged children, some Florida districts are planning to get out of the early-childhood-education business rather than dip into their K-12 budgets to pay for preschool.
The nation's chief state school officials voice extreme displeasure with the Reagan administration; a bill to give the mayor of Philadelphia control of the school district is approved by the Pa. House; the quality of higher education in New England is slipping because of public schools, a study says; students' extracurricular accomplishments are found to have little effect on colleges' admissions decisions; and more.
Three school districts all have linked up with community reading programs, a phenomena that has spread rapidly from city to city in recent months.
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An international group of scientists and policymakers is working to translate myriad findings of education research into concrete recommendations.
Cincinnati's first year of experience under its groundbreaking performance-pay program suggests that students of teachers who earn top marks for their instructional skills show higher achievement in the classroom.
Saying they hope to combat obesity and promote better health for young children, members of the Texas state board of education have voted to require elementary schools to offer more than two hours of physical education a week.
Two school districts that sent letters to parents informing them that their children might have weight problems based on school-sponsored health screenings are facing a backlash.
"E-mentoring," also called telementoring, is just starting to catch on in K-12 education. Today, only a few venues offer online teacher-mentoring, but experts predict that in a few years, new teachers across the country will be able to access local or regional teacher databases.
Unless states move quickly to fill the void between academic standards and their use in classrooms, current efforts to raise student achievement could fizzle.
Leaders of the College Board are considering making changes to the sat, a potential restructuring prompted in part by high-profile criticisms of the test from the president of the University of California system and other college officials around the country who make up its membership.
The School Reform Commission operating the Philadelphia school district has chosen 12 organizations to provide consulting services, as follows:
The map breaks down the different kinds of pension systems that states provide their public school employees.
This highlights how states are supposed to determine "adequate yearly progress," based on the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001:
A study of state trends on the National Assessment of Educational Progress from 1990 to 2000 underscores how challenging it may be for states to close the achievement gap between minority and nonminority students, despite a federal mandate that they do so within 12 years.
After a decade of eschewing multiple-choice questions in favor of essays, laboratory reports, and mathematical reasoning, Maryland will move toward traditional testing practices that cover a breadth of material and are easy to score.
At a time when most states are struggling to maintain their current levels of education spending, Texas public schools stand instead to receive an influx of cash.
Departments
  • Utah Allows In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students
  • Calif. Districts Seen Ceding Power
  • Mass. Mulls Graduation Alternative
  • N.Y. Regents Pick New Chancellor
  • S.C. Tweaks Report Cards
  • Anti-Bullying Bill Signed in Wash. State
  • Govenor Taps Teachers as Advisers
  • Md. School Technology Use Eyed
The Bush administration argued last week that a pending lawsuit against the Department of Education, if the plaintiffs win, could push back time-sensitive regulations on standards and testing by at least two months.
A five-color system to alert the country to terrorist threats may change the way some schools deal with security measures. But for others, it is just a rainbow.
Departments
  • Former Goodling Aide Takes Higher Ed. Post
  • Arizona Doctor Named Surgeon General
  • Research Forum Focuses on 'What Works'
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear the appeal of a Virginia man who had sought to hold a school district partially responsible for years of sexual abuse he suffered from his 6th grade teacher.
Think you know what the research says about effective teachers? Think again. Includes: "Follow-Up: Teacher Quality."
Here are some additional resources on teacher-quality research:
How do states know if their standards too high, too low, or just right? Postsecondary expectations could provide one very tangible and important reference point, writes David T. Conley.
There are no fundamental truths behind the college application process when the prospective freshman is your own, says Anne Macleod Weeks, the director of college guidance at one Maryland school.
America spends more than $20 billion annually to build and renovate schools. How much of this money is spent actually improving learning, asks Prakish Nair, president of Urban Educational Facilities for the 21st Century.
We need to get behind the message that science and engineering are gender-blind, says IBM fellow Patricia G. Selinger.
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