May 22, 2002

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Enticed by charters even though profits remain rare, the for-profit education management industry has emerged as one of several education sectors altered by charter school movement. Part III of our series Changed by Charters. Includes:
From charges by the SEC of financial disclosure errors to the termination of its contract with one of its first schools, the news just seemed to go from bad to worse last week for Edison Schools Inc.
In the aftermath of a deadly school shooting, many Germans have dismissed the common U.S. response to school violence of transforming schools into high-security zones. Includes: "U.S. Agencies Release Details From School Violence Research."
The leaders of the Wake County, N.C., school district are learning that the political realities of integrating schools by income rather than race are daunting. Includes: "Appeals Court Allows Use of Race in Michigan Law School Admissions."
The Miami-Dade County school board has adopted more stringent rules of ethics for conducting its business, a move designed to restore public confidence after a bruising year of disclosures about inappropriate spending by the panel and the district's former superintendent.
Many schools in the Seattle district have decided to destroy the answer sheets from a recent student survey, after some parents and teachers raised objections about the nature of several questions.
  • N.Y.C. to Add 3 Schools With Entrance Exams
  • Cafeteria Worker Charged With Locking Boy in Freezer
  • United Nations' Special Session Produces Plan for Children
  • Judge Bars Iowa School's Choir From Singing Hymn at Graduation
  • Parents Sue Over Quota at Georgia Charter School
  • L.A. Police Department to Shrink School Drug-Prevention Program
  • Death
Studying the arts in school may help strengthen children's academic and social skills that can, in turn, aid them in learning other subjects, concludes a new review of arts education studies. The review found arts education particularly beneficial for young children and those who are economically disadvantaged or struggling academically.
Simply calling oneself an "education candidate" is apparently no longer good enough to get elected. That's one of the findings of a poll recently commissioned by the Public Education Network and Education Week.
Educators across the country will soon have access to a program designed by some top reading experts that will help them refine their teaching strategies.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 applies to school employees as well as students; a West Virginia trial judge orders the state to provide the money to lift all schools to specific educational standards; the Alaska board of education has endorsed a concept to recognize "local diversity" for a statewide school-improvement plan; and more.
Candidates for governor will be sharpening education platforms on the campaign trail in the coming months, as voters in more than half the states prepare to go to the polls this year to choose new state executives. Includes the chart, "Contests for Governor."
The fall will be a busy campaign season in the 36 states where governorships are up for election. Sixteen incumbents are expected to seek re-election. Fifteen governors are barred by term limits from running again, while five others have decided not to run. This map shows the status of the gubernatorial races.
Most students would benefit from taking more rigorous and challenging courses in high school, according to a set of papers presented here last week at a conference on the American high school.
The national science education standards have been the basis for state curriculum decisions, textbook publishers' new materials, and school districts' choices for professional development, says a panel of researchers.

To Danni Brown, a 6th grader at the St. Louis Charter School here, the difference between the school she now goes to and St. Ambrose School, the Roman Catholic school she attended previously, is as clear as day.

Here is a list of top for-profit managers of charter schools, ranked by the number of charter schools they operate.

David L. Brennan wants to rescue America's children from failing schools. He also wants to make money doing it.

The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education have released details of a new report and training guide that will conclude three years of study on the phenomenon of school shootings.
In a case that could reverberate on college campuses nationwide—and possibly in K-12 classrooms—a sharply divided federal appeals court has backed the University of Michigan law school's right to use race as a factor in its admissions policy.
Gov. Gray Davis proposed new taxes and cuts in a revised budget plan for California last week that attempts to protect schools while managing a deficit that has surpassed $23 billion.
The Illinois legislature has approved a proposal that would require most aspiring teachers to pass a basic-skills test before entering colleges' teacher education programs, a standard that could set one of the earliest such deadlines in the country.
Twenty-two states may face federal civil rights complaints after failing to answer the NAACP's call for comprehensive strategies targeting the achievement gap separating African-American and white students in the nation's classrooms. Includes a table, "State Responses to NAACP Call."
  • Georgia State Board Adopts New Test Policy for Schools
  • Mass. Can Order Tests, Court Rules
  • University of Texas Bolsters K-12 Aid
  • Mich. Court Rebuffs Suit on Spending
  • Del. Sports Board to Be Revamped
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • Georgia
The Department of Education is making final plans to overhaul the popular Blue Ribbon Schools awards program, transforming it into an honor for schools that improve test scores, especially among minority students.
More special education students are graduating from high school, and fewer are dropping out than ever before, according to the Department of Education's annual report to Congress on the progress of students with disabilities.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week partially upheld a federal statute designed to protect children from pornography on the World Wide Web, but its splintered ruling sent the law back to a lower court for further review and left doubt about whether it would ultimately be upheld.
  • Ed. Dept. Announces 'Reading First' Panel
  • Student-Loan Hearing Stirs Partisan Debate
Bucking the national craze for large-scale testing, the Lincoln, Neb., district focuses its efforts on classroom-based assessments. Includes resources.
Judith Lloyd Yero notes that research shows that outstanding teachers do share certain characteristics. But, Yero says, the key to being an outstanding teacher lies in the mind—in the largely unconscious thought processes that motivate and support a teacher's external behaviors.
Peter Temes worries that the recently embraced "balanced literacy" approach may find its balance tilted by the "baskets of money provided by [the] Reading First" initiative.
When Mike Kersjes, a high school special education teacher and football coach, read in 1987 a magazine article about Space Camp, he knew his students would love to go. Located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., the camp allows students to spend six days training and living like astronauts. But Mr. Kersjes and his co-teacher, Robynn McKinney, knew they faced a major obstacle: The program had been designed for gifted and talented students. A group of special education students had never before participated.
School consultant Robert Evans writes that he "marvels" how criticisms for failed reform efforts always focus on practitioners and never on parents. "What has deteriorated most over 30 years is not the skills of our teachers but the lives of our students," Evans writes.
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