June 5, 2002

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With mid-term elections approaching, many Republicans are hoping to capitalize on President Bush's emphasis on education, even as Democrats appear equally determined that the issue will continue to serve them well.

A group of reading researchers has launched a campaign against Reading Recovery, contending that the popular one-on-one tutoring program fails to deliver the student-achievement gains it promises.
A discussion-based instructional method created at Phillips Exeter Academy 70 years ago is finding its way into public schools.
Scores of districts nationwide are considering raising property taxes and studying other local revenue sources just to fill the holes left by leaner state budgets and to meet the most critical areas of their own spending plans.
A court-ordered plan to restructure Michigan's high school sports seasons so they are more equitable for female athletes is getting a cool reception—even from some of those it is intended to help.
In an effort to try to hang on to its teachers, the school district in Green River, Wyo., has filed a lawsuit against a teacher who resigned before she ever started her job.
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  • N.Y.C. Board Extends Schools Chancellor's Term
  • State-Appointed Board Takes Over N.Y. District
  • Chicago Officials Probe Student's Drowning Death
  • Baltimore Teachers' Union Chief Loses Presidency to Rival
  • N.J. Teacher's Affair With Boy Yields No Jail Sentence
  • Miami-Dade County Board Cuts Employees' Pay for Two Days
  • Cairo, Ill., Schools End Year Despite Time Lost to Strike
  • Death: Antonia Pantoja
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Simply opening up access to honors and advanced courses is not enough to encourage substantial numbers of poor or minority students to take them, a study suggests.
In the view of American voters, students and teachers are most responsible for the success—and failure—of individual pupils. But school boards and parents have the most power to change the public schools.
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Jack Pidgeon made some changes at the Kiski School during his 45-year tenure as headmaster, but he is proudest of what he didn't change.
The government estimates the country has between 15,700 and 55,600 fewer bilingual education teachers than needed; seniors graduating from high school are entering the tightest job market in a long time; children in a Pa. community are taking philosophy courses to learn reasoning; the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights calls the Reagan administration's proposed 1983 budget a "new low"; and more.
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Parents who choose to home school their children have a wide choice of educational materials and services targeted just at them, as curriculum providers take note of home schooling's growing popularity.
The creation of the digital yearbook began with a few pioneering schools about five years ago. With the dawn of the new century, anecdotal evidence suggests the phenomenon is catching on in many more places.
New forms of teacher compensation and higher salaries are locked together in the quest for an improved teacher corps and higher student achievement, asserts a report released last week by the Progressive Policy Institute.
Male students in Massachusetts' city schools are in trouble. At least that's one general conclusion that could be drawn from a recent report that finds that boys in the state's urban school systems are significantly less likely than girls to graduate from high school and earn a college degree.
New York and New Jersey spend more than twice the amount that Utah and Mississippi spend on each student in elementary and secondary schools, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Georgia schools will soon be held accountable for more than just raising student achievement. It appears that they also will be expected to make sure students get to class.
A new U.S. Census Bureau report on school finance includes the state per-pupil spending rates for 1999-2000, ranked below by amount.
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • Ore. Funding Questions Grow With School Aid Measure Loss
  • N.C. Studies Budget-Bailout Plan
  • Ohio Charter Case Goes to Judge
  • Dropouts Expensive to Ariz., Study Says
  • Mass. Chief Drops Transcript Addition
  • Calif. Bill to Ban Indian Mascots Dies
Teachers and parents in a far-flung school system overseen by the Department of Defense, worried that the future of the stateside system is threatened, are fighting to preserve their schools.
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Twelve states have told the Department of Education they may apply for a new pilot program that would provide some extra leeway in spending federal aid.
  • Administration Brief Calls for Dismissal of Title IX Lawsuit
  • BIA School Privatization on Hold
  • Bill Seeks G-Rated Web Haven
  • Fla. Board's Appeal Declined
  • Service Bill Filed by Hoekstra
  • Agency Fills Literacy Panel
Chicago's teachers' union president wants to push the organization in new directions. Many within the membership don't want to travel those routes.
We suffer from a dearth of solid information about the broader, unintended effects of high-stakes testing, writes Eric Schaps.
A father wonders whether schools' increasingly narrow academic demands discourage some children's love of learning.
The changes to the SAT I proposed by the College Board will not only fail to improve the usefulness of the test but will help perpetuate the testing culture that is damaging our schools, argues Peter Sacks.
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