April 10, 2002

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Confusion over what the term "zero tolerance" means, and how much latitude local school leaders have in deciding when and how to apply it is commonplace in school districts across the country.
The Chicago Teachers Union has become the first labor organization in the nation to launch a graduate school for K-12 educators, a move that comes as teachers' unions are working to expand their roles beyond the bargaining table.
In West Virginia, where the state has closed more than 325 schools in a push for consolidation, anti-merger advocates are saying the system does just as much harm as good.
President Bush, seeking to build on the success he found with the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001, recently announced several moves to bolster early childhood education.
A strike by school bus drivers that delayed the arrival of thousands of Los Angeles students at school early last week was still causing transportation troubles for the nation's second-largest district at week's end.
Teenagers who watch an hour or more a day of television are four times more likely to be violent as adults than those who spend less time staring at the set, a new study suggests.
Departments
  • Dallas Superintendent's Pay Now Among Top in Nation
  • Mich. District Settles Lawsuit Over Anti-Semitic Harassment
  • N.J. Teacher Given Probation for Calling In Fake Threats
  • Low-Scoring Charter School to Shut Down in Chicago
  • Ky. Court Upholds Suspension of Principal Found With Gun
  • Death: Robert H. Carleton
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The Carnegie Corporation of New York has invited four of the country's leading teacher education programs to join a new initiative aimed at reinventing the way colleges and universities prepare teachers to work in the classroom.
New rules in the Boston teachers' contract have helped the city's schools move toward the ideal of finding the best person for the job, but school administrators still have a way to go before they take full advantage of the system's expanded capacity to hire teachers from outside the district, a report concludes.
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The nation's largest special education advocacy group may ask Congress to test a streamlined process for creating individualized education plans for students with disabilities.
A payless payday for the Detroit school district is averted; bilingual education advocates assail the Reagan administration for new policy shifts; a Mississippi school district is found guilty of racial discrimination; and more.
The idea that shortages of teachers across the nation can be attributed largely to a wave of retirements or to surges in student enrollments is a myth, argues a University of Pennsylvania researcher.
  • Education Researchers Unsure of Federal Attention to Field
Technology PageA handful of pioneering educators are using multiple-user dimensions—or MUDs—to tickle the imaginations of teens. Their use is still in the nascent stage, though, and there is no conclusive evidence on their effectiveness in the classroom.
Although a new federal law will require elementary and middle schools to try to raise student achievement, researchers meeting here last week said the federal government should play a role in improving high schools as well.
The nation's most populous state is now part of the nation's largest effort to link science instruction to national standards.
Departments
  • Mass. School Finally Receives Surprise Bequest
  • Aid for Leadership
  • Charter Schools
  • Post-Sept. 11 Relief
  • Added Commitment
The state of North Carolina is ultimately responsible for ensuring that each of its children has access to a sound basic education, a state judge declared last week in his fourth and final ruling in the state's 8-year-old school finance case.
One of the nation's most closely watched educational-tax-credit programs has done little to broaden opportunities for the state's poor families, a university report contends.
Departments
  • Pa. Releases Funds to Cyber Charter School
  • Arizona Charter in Jeopardy Over Religious Instruction
  • April Aid to Kansas Schools Cut by Half
  • Challenge to Philadelphia Takeover Stalls in Courts
Without the Senate's blessing, Gerald A. Reynolds has become the new civil rights chief at the Department of Education.
Several American Indian groups contend that the Bush Administration has ignored federal laws supporting Native American self-determination by proposing to privatize Indian schools.
Departments
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to step back into a lengthy court battle between an athletically powerful private school and Tennessee's high school sports authority over recruiting violations.
After its leadership switched from all white to all black, test scores soared in a small urban school district outside New York City. But the gains don't have everyone smiling.
Educational researchers have a democratic responsibility to aspire to objectivity, as opposed to engaging in policy-marketing, says Kenneth R. Howe.
In taking on the the hard work of trying to make schools better, advises Lois Brown Easton, we would do well to listen to those who have the most at stake—students.
It's one thing to sound like a coach, but school superintendents also need to be empowered with the decisionmaking authority and responsibility of coaches, write Paul T. Hill and James R. Harvey.
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