October 23, 2002

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With lapses in charter school oversight cropping up with growing frequency around the country, more charter leaders are turning to the old-fashioned tactic of accreditation to enhance the credibility of their newfangled public schools.
Of the 36 contests for governor on state ballots in two weeks, the Florida election may hinge most heavily on K-12 education. And the high-profile race shows how differently both major political parties are approaching education issues this year.
Persistently dangerous: Not exactly an attractive label for a school. It's probably the last thing a principal would want. But some schools could get that dubious distinction next year, thanks to a new federal mandate.

Officials from the Indianapolis's largest school district have started suggesting that the city's new charter schools are threatening to derail the district's budget.
  • USDA Probing Shipments of Suspect Meat to Schools
  • Ed. Dept. Won't Investigate Edison's Philadelphia Contract
  • Student's Death Prompts Equipment Change in District
  • Former S.F. School Official Charged in Alleged Scheme
  • Boston High School Vows to Combat 'Racist' Graffiti
  • Alternatives to Textbooks (Chart)
The draft of Ohio's science standards now includes language that encourages teachers to explain to high school students that scientists are still debating aspects of the theory of evolution.
Massachusetts education officials have released data that they hope will counteract what they say is a false public perception that most students in the class of 2003 who haven't yet passed the state's high school exit exams are members of minority groups or come from poor families.
Urban school districts, so often criticized for doing a poor job of educating disadvantaged children, can indeed deliver high-quality schooling to all their students, according to leading educators who have designed a framework and tool kit to help them. Includes the table, "Ingredients for a Successful District."
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform has created a portfolio of tools for districts to use in redesigning themselves for better student results. Here are the areas in which the institute suggests districts concentrate:
Prekindergarten teachers who work in schools and other publicly operated settings are better-qualified, get higher pay, and stay in their jobs longer than those who work in classrooms operated by private organizations, a study concludes.
Technology Page Casinos in New Mexico use it. So do Kroger's grocery stores in Texas, financial firms in New York, and even some airports. And now, so does at least one major school district.
More than eight in 10 newly licensed teachers in California are still in the classroom four years later, according to a report released this month by Gov. Gray Davis.
California's 6 million students would benefit from a statewide system of online courses, if education agencies and other organizations worked together to develop a system, a recent study concludes.
An Illinois law that offers parents a tax credit for expenses at public and private schools has mainly helped middle and upper-income families, rather than the poorer families supporters of the program said it would benefit, a new report argues.
State school board members and education leaders from around the country discussed the impact of the new federal education law at the National Association of State Boards conference.
  • Indiana Union Urges School Aid Increases
  • Calif. Adjusts Test Scores; Technical Glitch Cited
  • West Virginia Board President Quits Amid Allegations
  • Illinois School Board Approves Fiscal Takeover
A compromise measure to restructure the Department of Education's research programs sailed uncontested through the House and the Senate last week. The bill calls for creation of a new research institute that supporters say would help improve the quality of federally financed education analysis.
School meals advocates and Democrats say that a recent drought-relief package for ranchers may siphon money away from some of the Department of Agriculture's school food programs.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to revive an effort by an original plaintiff in an Alabama desegregation case to intercede in recent court proceedings.
  • Judge Mulls Dismissal of Title IX Lawsuit
  • Choice Advocates Get $600,000 Federal Grant
  • Officials Remind Schools of Recruitment Access
  • Poll: New Federal Law News to 47 Percent
  • Spending Bills on Hold Until After Election
As the school choice provisions of the new federal education law make their debut, they have affected people's lives in ways those in Washington neither expected nor intended. Includes "The Range of Choices."
Schools need to provide a holistic approach to education that fosters emotional as well as academic development, writes Valerie Maholmes.
High quality after-school programs offering a range of activities have far-reaching benefits, says Jean Baldwin Grossman.
Arguments against school choice that are based on the "commonality" of public schools should be viewed with skepticism, say Gary W. Ritter and Christopher J. Lucas.
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