October 9, 2002

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A recent Supreme Court decision puts the K-12 special education community, and school officials in general, in an unusual position: Clinical decisions made about a student could be critically important later if that afflicted child becomes a convicted adult.
For six years, Chicago has conducted a high-profile crackdown on social promotion, touting it as a no-nonsense way to ensure that students literally make the grade. But now, the country's third-largest school district is flunking more students than ever, stirring new life into an old debate about whether retaining students is harmful or helpful. Includes the table, "Chicago Summer School Results."
A number of states appear to be easing their standards for what it means to be "proficient" in reading and math because of pressures to comply with a new federal law. Includes "The Changing Definition of 'Proficient,'" and "Budget Woes Force States to Scale Back Testing Programs."

A Connecticut school finance lawsuit, filed more than four years ago with the high expectations of 12 towns that were challenging the way the state hands out education dollars, may not even make it to trial.
Two Philadelphia students have filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law that automatically bars students who have been judged delinquent or who are on probation from attending regular schools.
Twenty-four projects will be receiving $240 million in federal grants to support efforts to raise student performance and the quality of teaching in the nation's math and science classrooms.
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  • Survey Finds Age Gap on Social Attitudes
  • Mennonite School Ordered to Install Modern Plumbing
  • Fla. Honor Students Win Battle to Stay in School
  • California District Faces Renewed Takeover Threat
  • Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Student's Penalty for Web Site
  • Chicago Teachers Accused of Helping Students Cheat
  • Berkeley, Calif., Schools Drop Organic Food for Now
The Houston Independent School District drew praise last week for its improved performance as it was named the winner of the first Broad Prize for Urban Education.
Many states have made noticeable strides since 2000 in preparing students for college, according to a biennial report card on states' higher education efforts.
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Future teachers living in the Phoenix area are invited to begin their training as early as age 14 at a new charter high school designed to grow educators for the region's classrooms.
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Walter H. Annenberg, who died last week at age 94, will best be remembered among educators for record-setting philanthropic efforts aimed at promoting improvement of the nation's public schools.
In an effort to garner more support for the New York City schools, Chancellor Joel I. Klein last week tapped Caroline Kennedy to lead the district's fund-raising and partnership efforts.
Little more than a year after it was acquired for $2.2 billion by a French media company, the educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Co. now bears a sign that says: À Vendre. That's "for sale," in French. Includes the chart, "Education Publishers."
  • ELC Members Upbeat About Federal Law
A charity that has provided scholarship money for students in the town of Philomath, Ore., apparently is severing its long-standing ties to the local school district.
This chart shows the results of the standardized tests administered each year at the close of Chicago's summer school session. The program is designed to help students meet standards for promotion to the next grade.
Elections 2002Voters in Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming will choose their top education officers when they go to the polls Nov. 5.
Predicting the outcome of Alabama's race for governor is like calling a coin toss. Far more certain than the outcome, however, is that whoever wins must confront serious budget troubles that are bluntly hitting the state's K-12 public schools.
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As budget-balancing scenes play out in districts throughout Minnesota, policymakers and school experts are trading shots over what can be done about the worsening school budget situation.
  • California Test Scores Spark Calls for Change
  • Low Ratings Loom For Many Arizona Schools
  • Mass. Teacher Finds Error; Hundreds Now Pass Test
  • Study: Inexperienced Teachers In Neediest Calif. Schools
  • North Carolina

As Delaine Eastin winds down her eighth and final year as California's elected state schools chief, a mixed legacy is taking form.

On Nov. 5, voters in seven states will go to the polls to elect state schools chiefs.

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Arizona | California | Georgia | Idaho | Oklahoma | South Carolina | Wyoming
Faced with budget deficits and the possibility that their testing systems may soon change, several states are cutting back on the number of tests they plan to administer this school year.
The "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001 requires that states set definitions of student proficiency in reading and mathematics achievement. Under the law, states must begin assessing student performance in those subjects in grades 3- 8 and once in high school by the end of the 2005-06 school year. And it sets a goal of having all students score at the proficient level by the end of the 2013-14 school year.
Patience. That's what anybody wondering how much the federal government will pony up for education next school year is going to need.
The Department of Education says it will archive any material removed from its Web site during an ongoing redesign, possibly through an interactive database accessible through the Internet.
Departments
  • NAEP Governing Board Names New Director
  • Court Urged to Take Admissions Case
  • Rep. Mink Dies at 74; Was Title IX Co-Author
  • Teacher-Loan Bill Wins House Approval
Virtually all U.S. public schools are connected to the Internet, a recent federal report concludes.
With hundreds of students to advise, counselors like Bob Turba are turning to technology to help them make better decisions.
With the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act up for reauthorization, policymakers have a chance to end the stalemate over special education spending while funding the law differently and smarter than we do now, writes Andrew J. Rotherham.
Teacher Donna M. Marriott recalls a difficult classroom lesson on "those voices we choose to hear and those voices we unknowingly silence."
What does it take to form effective school-business partnerships at a time when concern about excess commercialism in schools fosters scrutiny of such relationships? Former U.S. secretaries of education Lamar Alexander and Richard W. Riley offer "guiding principles."
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