November 27, 2002

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Frustrated by the results of their past campaigns to change how the Los Angeles school system does business, leaders of the city's school improvement elite are aiming to create a brand-name network of high-quality charter schools that could become a "shadow" public school system in the nation's second-largest district.
New ESEA Tension is mounting among state officials anxious for federal guidance on their obligations under the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001.
Muslim activists agree that U.S. school systems' awareness and understanding of Islam are growing. Many schools are now adopting policies to accommodate student fasting and prayer during Ramadan.
Paraprofessionals could prove they meet the qualification standards in the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001 without taking a written assessment, according to preliminary guidelines released by the Department of Education this month.
The state of Pennsylvania violated its own competitive-bidding rules because it was "hellbent" on awarding Edison Schools Inc. a $2.7 million "sweetheart deal" to study the Philadelphia school district, the state's auditor general charged last week.
About 3,000 public high school students in Mesa, Ariz., received inoculations last week as part of a large-scale bioterrorism-response drill.
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  • Retired Educators Launch Effort to Retain Teachers
  • Milton Hershey School Plans to Revamp Board
  • Teacher Sues NRA for Using Students' Work
  • Agency Accredits College That Teaches Creationism
  • U.S. Officials Probing Complaint of Racial Harassment at School
  • Death: Glenn L. Archer Sr.
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Performance or outcome standards for preschoolers should not be simplified versions of K-12 standards—rather, they should be specifically tailored to the way that young children learn, two leading groups in early-childhood education argue.
A new library on the Web offers children—and their parents and teachers—a place to read children's books from around the globe.
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As scholars have grown more knowledgeable about the evolution of the Thanksgiving holiday, some teachers and school systems have encouraged what they see as a more accurate retelling of that famous feast in Plymouth.
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Technology Page Schools across the country are gradually replacing the chalkboard—a mainstay of classrooms since the 19th century—with its high-tech, wired cousin: the interactive digital whiteboard.
The federal government can meet mandates to foster the use of "scientifically based research" in education by aggressively promoting randomized, controlled trials, a report released last week argues.
The Department of Education is circulating the draft guidelines it hopes to use for evaluating the studies that go into its What Works Clearinghouse.
Community opposition to a gay-straight student club is pushing an eastern Kentucky coal-mining county to the forefront of a broader cultural debate, as more of the groups form on school campuses nationwide.
Young Americans fared worse than their peers in seven of the eight other countries surveyed on world geography earlier this year, though no national group earned an excellent mark.
States, districts, and the federal government deserve a grade of D for poorly implementing two key provisions of the federal "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001, a community-organizing group contends in a report released last week.
  • Bad Week for Moses: Commandments Must Go
  • Student Search
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Texas schoolchildren will learn about African involvement in slavery, the contributions Hispanics made throughout state history, and a religiously correct time frame of glacial movement when newly adopted history and social studies textbooks hit classrooms next school year.
Elections 2002 Ohio's two recently elected state supreme court justices could make a big difference in how the state's long-standing school funding case is resolved, education groups say.
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Texas is raising the stakes, and the expectations, with its new testing program—though students will be given two years before they are held to the ultimate achievement goals.
  • Ohio Construction Ruling Overturned on Appeal
  • Siegelman Acknowledges Defeat in Tight Alabama Governor's Race
  • Georgia Board Voids Contracts Approved by State Schools Chief
  • New York
Some of the nation's largest career and technical education organizations are openly voicing worries that the Bush administration may attempt to eliminate funding for the federal vocational education program, or transfer its functions to the Department of Labor.
The United States must look beyond its borders to seek new ideas in learning, information to bring home to students, and strong educational relationships with other countries, Secretary of Education Rod Paige said in a speech last week.
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State governors saw their best hope for an immediate bailout of the federal health-insurance program for children dashed this month, when a lame-duck Congress failed to take up the issue before closing shop for the year.
Puerto Rico, despite federal requirements that the island take part in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, could be left out of the NAEP reading test because of technical difficulties and the anticipated high cost of developing and administering a Spanish-language version.
  • Bill Curbs Lawsuits Over Child Vaccines
  • Federal Aid Boosts Work on New Digital Texts
Earning a national teaching certificate is now the ultimate credential quest for a small but growing number of early-childhood educators.
Young people are entitled to an education that prepares them to embrace and comprehend the greater world outside, asserts George Walker.
Middle-of-the-road schools can improve, according to Eric J. Smith, who shares lessons from his experience turning around a troubled school district.
The three core principles of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships are the key to redesigning secondary education, says Tony Wagner.
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