November 13, 2002

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Despite the nation's rocky economy and a national tilt toward conservative candidates, voters in several states gave the go-ahead for generous new education spending in last week's elections. Part of our extended election coverage.

The story of how the Boston teachers' contract was crafted and debated in 2000 illustrates one set of dynamics involved in modifying a teachers' contract and how the changes are playing out now that the battle is over. Last of three parts.
The Department of Education is warning states that the agency will more closely monitor how they are spending money under a waning federal reading initiative, after reports that local grant recipients may not be following "scientifically based" principles or other requirements.
Elections 2002Voters in Cleveland and in Hartford, Conn., extended or expanded their mayors' control of the cities' schools last week, while voters in Los Angeles and Houston agreed to pay higher taxes to rebuild or repair school buildings.
  • Urban League President Announces Resignation
  • Nine-Week Strike Ends in Ohio School District
  • Camden, N.J., School Closed After Structural Flaws Found
  • Boston Charter School Raises $1.6 Million for Instruction
  • Ex-N.J. Mayor Sentenced for Defrauding Schools
  • Ky. Students Skip Class to Protest Gay Group
  • Music Teacher Reinstated After Remark About Guns
  • Calif. District Faces Takeover
The National Alliance of Business has merged with another group and will now continue it education improvement efforts under the National Center for Educational Accountability.
Massachusetts is poised to become the first state to ban aluminum baseball bats in high school play because of safety concerns.
Joseph Olchefske, the superintendent of the Seattle public schools, is on trial in the court of public opinion, following revelations of accounting errors that are forcing the district to make deep budget cuts.
Early evaluation results of an overhauled version of the DARE curriculum are giving its advocates new hope for the program's future.
Edison Schools Inc. is rolling out a new line of services revolving around student assessment, professional development, and what it calls "achievement management systems."
  • Evolution Standards and Practice Don't Mesh
Making the arts a central part of the curriculum, and teaching the subject with the same rigor as math or science, not only can improve arts learning, but also can bolster other efforts to improve schools, an evaluation of a major arts pilot program concludes.
The Association of School Business Officials International is helping to launch a coalition that hopes to negotiate reduced prices on bulk goods, and then pass the savings along to public schools and other government agencies.
Organizers are putting the finishing touches on their plans to start a new national association of state-level charter school groups in early 2003.
Elections 2002Voters in 36 states sent a powerful mix of messages last week when they selected governors who back a blend of more money for schools, softer tones on high-stakes tests, and greater support for expanded school choice. Includes "Gubernatorial Outcomes."
The seven state schools chiefs elected last week make for a diverse group of officials who will guide local education policies, including the crucial requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001, for the next four years. Includes "Chief's Elections."
  • Study Disputes Texas on Dropout Statistics
  • Embattled Charter School Gets Reprieve in Nevada
  • Paper: Many Voucher Pupils Return to Fla. Public Schools
Voters in seven states went to the polls last week to pick their top education officers. Following are the results from the Nov. 5 general election.
The known winners in the 36 races for governor during last week's general elections are highlighted in red. If the Republican candidate in Alabama withstands a challenge to his apparent win, the GOP will have a 26-24 majority in governorships.
Bilingual education will live on in Colorado, following a rare win at the ballot box for bilingual education supporters. But it faces near-extinction in Massachusetts in the wake of last week's elections.
Voters approved major spending items in several states in last week's elections. Not every education-related issue passed, however. Following are the descriptions for 17 ballot measures that sought to affect school policy. The measures that failed to pass are labeled.
Elections 2002President Bush will soon find Republicans running every committee in Congress. The GOP expanded its slim majority in the House by several seats and wrested control of the Senate from Democrats after the Nov. 5 elections. Includes "Changes on Capitol Hill."
In signing legislation last week to create an Institute of Education Sciences to shepherd federal education studies, President Bush has put his stamp on the fourth major restructuring in 30 years of the Department of Education's primary research agency.
The Nov. 5 election results boosted the Republican advantage in the House, and put the GOP back in charge of the Senate. Here are the numbers behind the new-look 108th Congress.
  • Political Spending by Lenders Cited
  • Departments Promote a Global Perspective
The silent hand of the global economy has rocked the foundations of rural Henry County, Va.—including its schools. The district's plight is increasingly common in manufacturing communities.
Though often met with scepticism and scrutiny, home schooling is a true educational success story, claims Jean C. Halle.
Hate words need to be treated as warning signs of potential school violence, according to researcher Richard Van Dorn.
Robert J. Sternberg declares that teaching students to be intelligent is not enough: We need to teach students the wisdom to responsibly apply their knowledge.
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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