May 15, 2002

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Apple Computer Inc. is trying to reverse a steady decline in its share of the U.S. school market, as school districts increasingly buy computers that run the Windows operating system, rather than the Macintosh systems used by Apple machines.
For the second time in seven years, American high school students turned in what officials described as an "abysmal" or "awful" performance on the national assessment in U.S. history, with nearly 60 percent of test-takers failing to demonstrate even basic knowledge and understanding of the subject, according to the test results released here last week.
For many in the mostly African-American, working-class community of Roosevelt, N.Y., an impending state takeover of schools signals an ominous blow to local control, and has come to symbolize the historical neglect of predominantly black districts.
The low participation rate in a Pennsylvania tutoring program for students who perform poorly on standardized tests may serve as a harbinger for a similar provision in the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001.
A San Jose, Calif., teacher has been placed on administrative leave while her district investigates her role in anti-testing activities, an example of the fine line teachers and school administrators who oppose assessment policies must walk in performing their official duties.
For some high school seniors in southern California's San Fernando Valley, taking part in graduation-day festivities is no longer as easy as strolling across stage, shaking hands, and picking up a diploma.
Departments
  • Chicago School Councils Sue Over Principal Picks
  • Hawaii Girl Wins Fight to Wear Pants to Graduation
  • Calif. District Settles Lawsuit Over Graduation Speech
  • Memphis School Board Wants Uniforms for All
  • N.Y.C. Teachers OK Strike Vote, But Continue Contract Talks
  • Cheerleading Champs Stripped of National Title
  • N.J. Superintendent Charged With Soliciting Bribe
  • Mother of Truant Charged With Skipping Sentence
Departments
A study sponsored by the National School Boards Association seeks to offer an unusually comprehensive view of who serves on school boards, the challenges they face, and what they value. Includes a table, "School Boards and Superintendents."
Departments
Although school board members said they spend more time than in the past on student achievement, when it comes to evaluating superintendents, their first priority is a smooth relationship with their districts' top official.
Providing all of the world's children with a free, high-quality primary education by 2015 and giving girls the same access to schooling as boys by 2005 were among the targets expected to be endorsed late last week at the United Nations' Special Session on Children.
The Secretary of Defense says national security will be threatened if math and science education aren't improved; Michigan finds that the four-day school week doesn't save very much money; high school students are worried about employment opportunities; and more.
Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children could soon last for five years, instead of three. Individuals who coordinate accreditation visits would be paid for their work. And programs that earned accreditation would be expected to keep improving their programs.
Technology Page Classroom sound systems are being praised by an increasing number of educators, who believe better sound will translate into better learning.
Schools in rural McDowell County, W.Va., may not reopen for the rest of this academic year, after severe flooding May 2 destroyed one school and damaged up to 11 others.
Cyber schools, online teaching and testing, and other e-learning initiatives are emerging quickly across the country, changing traditional notions of how K- 12 education is provided, an Education Week report released last week concludes.
A recent election to the Milwaukee school board has created a voting majority that supports the city's private-school-voucher program, triggering elation among the program's advocates and worry among public school loyalists.
A small-scale study that suggests teachers with national certification are not better than other teachers in raising student test scores has prompted a group advising state policymakers to undertake an "independent review" of the research.
Departments
  • Reading Association Recognizes
    'Phonicators' Group
  • Science Teachers
  • Crying Foul
  • Chicago Discounts
Following is a sample of 12th graders' responses to a question on the U.S. history NAEP.
In their second special session of the year on education, Florida lawmakers last week finally set into motion the laws that give structure to the state's new K-20 system of schooling.
Two Pennsylvania Democrats with big political name recognition are making school funding a key issue in an increasingly nasty and intense bid to win next week's gubernatorial primary.
Departments
How much Pennsylvania spends on schools is, in many ways, less important than how that money is spent, according to a new analysis of the state's education spending patterns and student achievement.
  • Alabama
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Virginia
Tucked inside the more than a thousand pages of revised education code approved by the Florida legislature this month is a one-sentence provision that would open principals' jobs to all comers.
  • Ariz. Lawmakers Reject Ruling on School Funds
  • Illinois Eyes Elected State Chief
  • Mich. Court Rejects Funding Suit
  • N.C. to Appeal Finance Decision
When state and federal officials discovered public elementary school principal Benjamin Wright had split his enrollment into classes of all boys and all girls this school year, they descended on Seattle's Thurgood Marshall Elementary School.
New York City schools still recovering from the impact of Sept. 11 are sparring with the federal government over financial help education officials say they need to speed the healing.
Departments
  • Education Department Releases Draft Rules on Standards, Testing
  • Report: Thumbs Down on Lap Belts
As they get a taste of the high-stress world of broadcast news, students in Kansas are finding out that producing a TV show is harder than it looks.
Authors Gary Miron and Christopher Nelson spent the past five years analyzing evidence from Michigan regarding charter school reforms. Michigan provides an illuminating setting in which to observe the interplay of public and private in charter school operation, they say.
School choice creates a divide between cultural diversity and equality of opportunity. R. Kenneth Godwin and Frank R. Kemerer insist that more citizens have a voice in that trade-off.
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FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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