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In a high-stakes political victory, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has secured near-total control over New York City's vast public school system. A new state law, signed by the governor last week, represents the most profound governance change for the city's schools in 30 years. Includes an accompanying story, "Contract Agreement Gives Teachers 16 Percent Raises."

The states that are applying for their share of $900 million in grants under a new federal reading program may be headed for a rude awakening, some policy analysts warn. Includes a table, "State Reading Programs," in PDF and Excel.
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 coincided almost precisely with the start of the 2001-02 school year, and some experts speculate those events and their aftershocks may have something to do with the absence of large-scale violence in American schools.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has made a huge difference in women's and girl's lives. But even as some are celebrating Title IX's anniversary, the legislation is under the microscope by the Bush administration.
Some 11,000 schools nationwide are now using a program called Fitnessgram that seeks to make physical activity a part of students' daily life by giving them information on their conditioning.
Liability waivers for school activities are in fact worth more than the paper they're printed on, Massachusetts' highest court ruled last week.
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  • U.S. Teenage Birthrate Drops to 10-Year Low
  • San Diego District Sued Over Use of Federal Aid
  • Boston Catholic School Receives $5 Million Bequest
  • Utah Schools to Receive Surplus Olympic Goods
  • Federal Court Upholds Detroit School Takeover
  • Chicago Schools Move to Fire Chaperones in Field Trip Death
  • D.C. School Officials Probe Grade-Changing Charges
  • Los Angeles Judge Throws Out Teacher's $4.35 Million Award
When Mom and Dad are combing through the want ads in search of work, chances are their teenage sons and daughters are reading alongside them. Economic downturns tend to hit young people as hard as anybody, analysts say, and this summer, the job market for high school students is especially gloomy.
Americans rate knowledge about the quality of the teaching force as the most important piece of information when determining the strength of their local schools, according to a recent opinion poll conducted by the Public Education Network and Education Week.
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This summer, when Gary K. Hart teaches his first lesson here, the former California secretary of education's presence in the classroom will underscore how profoundly Sacramento leaders want their city's high schools to change.
The Supreme Court rules that illegal immigrant children are entitled to a free, public education; two soon-to-be-published studies suggest that urban Roman Catholic schools may be more effective than public school; the National Science Foundation predicts that the widespread dissemination of information by wholly electronic means may create closer links between family life and schooling; and more.
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Technology Page A growing number of states are looking to "network" their way past the imbalances of educational resources separating their public schools.
With less than three months remaining in his second and last term, Bob Chase appears likely to be remembered more for the conversations he started than for the deeds of the union he led. Includes "Candidates Stress Experience, Style in Union Contest."
The next president of the nation's largest teachers' union will not be elected until early next month, but the winner is certain to be an African-American middle school teacher with a commitment to raising teacher salaries and scaling back penalties linked to standardized tests.
Gay and lesbian high school students have become an increasingly coveted pool of applicants for liberal-arts schools and larger universities alike, counselors and admissions officials say.
How effective is accountability in raising student achievement? The evidence is mixed, according to a set of research papers presented last week.
  • Barriers to College Examined in Study
  • Latino Boys and Girls
  • Elite Teachers
  • Online Learning
  • Civic Engagement
  • Condition of Childhood
New York City's public school teachers would get an across-the-board raise of 16 percent under a new contract negotiated with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Tennessee's budget may go to the dogs—or cats—depending on which legislators have their way this week.
This month, a group of Southern leaders expects to announce a series of education goals it believes will help make the region America's most promising solution—at least where schools are concerned. Includes the table "Template for Improvement."
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Ohio Gov. Bob Taft last week ordered the state's school construction commission to better manage itself and open its contract-review process.
  • Iowa
  • New Mexico
  • 10 Florida Schools Get F's; Students Qualify for Vouchers
  • Ariz. Chief Wants Checks in Charters
  • La. Panel to Study Large Districts
  • Embattled Del. Charter Calls it Quits
  • Idaho Gets Grant to Go Online
Officials from the Department of Education are touring the country this summer, spreading the gospel that religious and community groups are welcome to vie for federal education dollars.
Secretary of Education Rod Paige urged the states last week to revamp the way they certify teachers for the classroom, by setting higher standards for knowledge of the subjects they teach and requiring less preparation in teaching methods. Includes the chart "Academic-Content Requirement."
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Congress is one step closer to injecting an extra $1 billion into the Pell Grant program to help remedy a shortfall this fiscal year, even as federal lawmakers struggle to get the budget process moving for the upcoming year.
A federal judge has dismissed legal action that would have forced the Department of Education to delay issuing new regulations on standards and testing until it reconfigured a rulemaking panel.
The statistics are clear: African-American students, especially boys, end up in special education more often than white students do. What is less clear is why. And as one service group has discovered, addressing the situation requires much more than good intentions.
Vermont's new Strategic Reading Initiative, says co-director Nick Boke, aims ultimately to help students learn to learn.
Teacher Sara L. Matthews wonders how the word "rigorous" came to be the mantra of modern education—and what that says about us.
Homogenizing the American education system with high-stakes tests and state-mandated curricula will not rescue all the failing schools, argues Patrick F. Bassett, but it could destroy the models of excellence that already exist.
Students will never master the important facts of history unless they discuss the meaning and significance of this information, writes Jonathan Zimmerman, director of the History of Education Program at New York University.
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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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