May 29, 2002

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The closing of a charter school always shakes up the lives of parents and students. But when a charter school closes near the end of the academic year, the transition to other schools or learning environments can be even tougher.
Could a computer really be a good judge of student writing? Pennsylvania education officials, who have tested computerized essay scoring with about 30,000 students, say yes.
With about half the city's public schools being led by someone with less than three years' experience on the job and more than 260 principals eligible to retire at the end of this school year, the New York City school system is scrambling to prepare new leaders.

As state budgets tighten, school districts—even small and medium-size districts—are increasingly turning to Washington lobbyists to for assistance in obtaining federal aid.
Executives of Edison Schools Inc. said last week that they were in serious discussions with at least five potential investors to provide the $30 million to $50 million the company needs to take control of schools in Philadelphia and elsewhere in the fall.
Approximately 1.6 million elementary school children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the first nationwide survey on the condition.
Departments
  • School District Not Liable in LeTourneau Case
  • Local Md. Activists Fight Move to Appointed School Board
  • Trends in Smoking Among High School Students
  • Cincinnati Board OKs Plan to Modernize All Schools
  • Hawaii Mental-Health Aide Accused of Improper Billing
  • Catholic Schools Could Benefit If Cardinal's Residence Is Sold
  • Teacher Placed on Leave for Starter-Pistol Threat
  • Death: Stephen Jay Gould
Departments
Amid bad feelings between the union and district administrators, Cincinnati teachers overwhelmingly rejected a groundbreaking plan that would have based their pay on performance.
A federal agency has directed a state teachers' union for the second time to drop its requirement that nonunion teachers who object to paying union fees on religious grounds reiterate their objections annually.
Departments
The image of the affordable, accessible four-year state university is taking a beating these days, battered by reports of spiraling costs and looming debts that confront students and their families at every turn. Includes two charts, "Digging Deeper for College."
Applications to many of the nation's most prestigious college-preparatory schools increase significantly; the average IQ among Japanese youths is now 11 points higher than those of their American and European counterparts; unemployment among disadvantaged youths could be reduced if it weren't for welfare regulations, the GAO says; the N.J. Supreme Court upholds a state regulation requiring public schools to provide sex education; and more.
Departments
The European Union, as well as some international organizations and private financiers, is demanding that Eastern European countries work harder to integrate Gypsies into their schools.
Teenagers' disengagement from school starts as early as middle school, a study released at the Brookings Institution asserts.
Researchers have proposed numerous causes for the achievement gaps between minority and nonminority students and those from rich and poor families. Now, students will have a chance to seek and provide their own views.
Departments
Districts around the country are pulling the plug on their aging and outdated swim facilities, saying the money is better spent elsewhere.
The mass shootings that have hit rural and suburban schools over the past decade may have little connection with the type of lethal violence long associated with urban districts, according to a new study.
Educators working in Massachusetts' first accredited charter school are so furious with the implementation of a new governance system that nearly 60 percent of the faculty members plan to quit at the end of the school year.
The grades and course titles on high school transcripts offer a quick history of a graduating senior's four-year record of accomplishment and disappointment. Now, Pennsylvania's top education leaders want to add another chapter to that history.
Athletic directors, educators, and coaches around Arkansas are speaking out against the state school board's decision to reinstate a policy that requires at least a 2.0 GPA for participation in sports and other extracurricular activities.
Departments
Kentucky educators know that their budgets for the next school year will need to be lean. They just wish they knew how lean.
  • Race-Neutral Policy OK'd for Fla. Gifted Programs
  • Gov. Ventura Vetoes Pledge Bill
  • Rendell Wins Pennsylvania Primary
  • Texas Students Soar on Final TAAS
  • Minnesota Delays Test Scores
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Washington
The board that oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress has approved a series of policy changes, some potentially controversial, to help bring the federally financed testing program into line with new requirements under the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Senate education leaders rolled out legislation last week that would provide a new, $1 billion grant program to improve early-learning efforts nationwide.
Departments
As the nation's main welfare law moves closer to reauthorization, funding for child care is shaping up to be more of an issue in the debate than some had predicted.
After a heated few weeks of debate about who cares more about college students, federal lawmakers have tentatively moved ahead with a plan to shore up the program that helps low-income students pay for higher education.
  • Blue Ribbon Schools Unveiled, but Paige Mum on Changes
  • Alexander Claims Primary Lead
  • NASA to Seek Teacher-Astronauts
New Technology High School in California's Napa Valley provides at least one computer for every student. But that's not the only reason teenagers choose to attend this school.
Joe Nathan, the director of the Center for School Change, looks back at ten years of the charter school movment, summing up the progress it has made and the obstacles it faces.
Peter H. Gibbon, a research associate at Harvard University, reflects on the idealism and contributions of Horace Mann, who some call the father of American public education.
Educators may be pillars of the community, but their discourse is as mercurial as Paris fashion. Desperate to find a magic bullet to cure education's woes, many are willing to embrace new curricula and unproven pedagogies, believing that anything different must necessarily be good. Educators' current fascination with technology is a vivid example.
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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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