September 11, 2002

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Schools are on the front lines in helping students cope with the impact of last year's terrorist attacks, but how to treat child trauma has proved a complex issue. Includes: "Nurturing Young Children After Sept. 11."

Urban school administrators are channeling unprecedented energy into meeting a provision in the "No Child Left Behind" Act that requires public schools to have a "highly qualified" educator teaching every class in core academic subjects by the end of the 2005-06 school year.
A bitter and political school funding showdown in Canada left control of that nation's largest school system—Toronto—and two others in the hands of the Ontario provincial government when classes started last week.
Elections 2002 With Nov. 5 nearing, the foes of ballot initiatives to end bilingual education in Colorado and Massachusetts are honing new arguments aimed at persuading voters in their states to do what voters in California and Arizona did not: defeat the proposals.
A charge of unfair labor practices filed against an Arizona charter school could break legal ground that may, eventually, make it easier for charter school employees to form unions.
A dispute between the head of Detroit's public schools and an administrators' union reached a new level of heat late last month, when a judge temporarily barred district Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Burnley from reassigning nearly 400 administrators to classrooms.
  • Drug-Free Schools
  • School Official Charged With Stealing $395,000
  • Texas District Changes Policy on Personal E-Mail by Workers
  • N.M. School Board Members Found Guilty of Violations
  • Dallas School Board Settles Suit by Former Superintendent
  • Chicago Changes Policy on Student Field Trips
  • Students in Two States Die After Practicing Football
Hundreds of researchers and civil rights advocates gathered recently to focus on what they say is the most pressing problem in education in the South: the "resegregation" of public schools. Includes the chart, "Rising Concern."
A new national study that probes the perennial question "What did you do at school today?" turns up some surprising inequities in how students spend their time.
Challenging popular notions about the compatibility of athletics and academics, a new study finds that sports "powerhouse" schools do not sacrifice classroom achievement. Includes: "Report Highlights."

Studies dribbling out since late last year are beginning to cast the first real analytical eye on what happens when mayors take a hand in key public schooling matters. What the research concludes, for the most part, is that mayoral involvement has produced variable outcomes in cities that have given it a try.
  • Too Many Teachers Deemed Unprepared
  • Single-Sex Schools
  • Teachers With Ph.D.s
  • Gun Violence
  • School Safety
  • Toxic Dangers
  • College Preparation
  • Unhealthy Lunches
  • School Success
  • Alternative Certification
  • Brain Research
  • Principal Performance
Agreement between school boards and superintendents over achievement goals, an emphasis on the lowest-performing students, and the adoption of districtwide curricula are among the most successful strategies being used in four urban school districts, concludes a report released last week.
A year after last Sept. 11's terrorist attacks, lessons are still being learned about how parents helped their children cope with the immediate tragedies and the stress that followed the events, a book from the Carnegie Corporation of New York says.
Powered by a raw popularity that resounds from family living rooms to governors' offices, the rise of merit-based financial aid continues unabated.
Oklahoma could greatly improve its efforts to create a strong K-12 education system by devising a more rigorous system of standards and assessments that holds all schools accountable for results, according to an independent evaluation.
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Texas Grand Jury Indicts Board Members
  • New Scrutiny for Ariz. Charters
  • Mobile Phones Get OK in Calif.
  • Calif. Charter Wins Case
The following 12 states have set up broad, merit-based financial-aid programs, according to a recent study by researchers at Harvard University.
Top Department of Education officials offered a generally optimistic outlook last week on how the new federal education law is playing out in states and school districts.
The Bush administration's drug czar is telling public schools in a new document that drug testing of students has "enormous potential benefits" and that concerns about damage to individual privacy are "largely unfounded."
  • Bid to Extend Tax Cut for Education Falters
  • Agency Joins Outreach to Faith-Based Groups
  • Child-Care Bill Passed by Senate Committee
  • Auditors Cite Agency for Stagnant Penalties
  • Financial-Aid Office Gets New Executive
Researchers are beginning to turn to high schoolers to help design and carry out studies that examine the issues affecting students and their schools. Includes a chart, "How Students View the Responsiveness of Educators"
Preliminary results from a survey in the greater New York metropolitan area suggest that young people's views of educators' responsiveness to their needs differ significantly by students' race and ethnicity.
Secondary influences have been just as pernicious as the failings of teacher education institutions in diminishing teacher quality, say Thomas J. Lasley II and Gregory Bernhardt, both deans of colleges of education.
When was the last time a college history professor recruited students? Will Fitzhugh says during these times of great public concern over academic achievement, we're still sending a double message to students: Athletics matter; academics do not.
Three reflections on terror, America and what we want to pass on to our children.
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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