December 4, 2002

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Link rot: It's one of those annoyances about the Web that make some teachers wonder why they bother.
With a new school board set to take office this week, the Hartford, Conn., district is winding up a year of dramatic leadership changes. Not only will the event mark the end of a five-year state takeover, it also comes on the heels of the resignation of Superintendent Anthony S. Amato, who is credited with putting student performance on an upward climb.
The University of California is on the verge of imposing a tough new requirement on the thousands of high school students who annually apply to its eight undergraduate campuses: the truth.
The Department of Education released final regulations last week that, almost 11 months after the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001 became law, are meant to bring clarity to some of the law's centerpiece provisions, including accountability, teacher quality, and public school choice.

Massachusetts has decided to offer its $20,000 signing bonuses to teacher- candidates in education schools, and not to aspiring educators who learn to teach in a seven-week summer training course.
Add this to the list of ways high school athletics are mimicking big-time college and professional sports: A Texas school district is considering charging $50 per season for seat licenses in its football stadium.
Departments
  • NEA Salary Survey Puts Teacher Pay at $44,299
  • L.A. Officials Pledge to Improve High School
  • La. Governor Settles Suit Over Religious Activities
  • School Board President Gets Ticket for Dumping Manure
  • Congressmen Fault Group for Allowing Gay Mentors
  • Wichita District to End Its Contract With Edison
  • Minn. Testing Lawsuit Settled
A new Internet-based campaign will strive to mobilize Americans concerned about a lack of highly qualified teachers in public schools to lobby their governors to take action.
A major research project set to kick off next year will compare the effectiveness of remedial programs for struggling readers in the 3rd and 5th grades.
Departments
Education schools have been caught flat-footed by new federal requirements for teacher quality, while a handful of entrepreneurs are sprinting to provide programs to bring educators up to speed.
Departments
Politics Page When state lawmakers return to their capitals next month, many will do so without colleagues who for years took the lead on complex school funding issues, state testing systems, and teacher-quality initiatives.
New ESEA States across the country are scrambling to craft better tests for students with limited English skills in response to stringent new timelines imposed by the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001.
The following state consortia have applied for grant money from the federal government to help devise new tests of English-language proficiency:
Against the state's wishes, thousands of California high school students are continuing to retake the state's new high school exit exams, even though they might have passed already.
  • States Told to Enact Pre-K Guidelines
In the midst of International Education Week, delegations from nearly half the states gathered here to devise strategies and seek advice on incorporating global studies into their curricula.
  • Heimlich Maneuver Training Required
  • Targeting Alcohol
The Arkansas supreme court has declared the state's school funding system unconstitutional, and in its strongly worded opinion late last month rebuked the state for not doing enough to provide all students with an adequate education.
Sagging tax revenues and growing health-care costs have pummeled state economies so relentlessly that states are in their worst fiscal situation since World War II, a sobering new report from the nation's governors and state budget chiefs declares.
Departments
  • Virginia Governor Pledges Immigration Review
  • Kentucky Schools Pay Up or Attendance-Count Errors
  • Texas Targets Charters for Overpayments by State
  • Florida Senate Report: Teacher-Hiring Boom Ahead
  • Michigan Supreme Court Leaves Special Ed. Formula Intact
Driven by the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001, New Jersey has begun an overhaul of its student testing program, replacing its standardized tests with a hybrid of standardized and performance-based assessments.
Republican leaders on both House and Senate education committees are favoring the idea of school choice programs for students with disabilities.
Several federal agencies are trying to tap into a younger audience to cope with an anticipated shortage of government workers over the next five to 10 years.
Departments
Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., has delivered what might be seen as the first education policy speech of the 2004 presidential campaign.
Below are highlights of other significant changes that the final regulations for the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001 made to the draft rules published in August.
After a lengthy struggle to open schools to all children regardless of race or ethnicity, South Africa's battles these days have shifted to focus on improving the quality of education, raising students' dismal test scores, and renovating dilapidated classrooms. Within that effort exists a strong emphasis on values and human-rights education to ensure that South Africa doesn't revisit its racist past. Includes: "Forging Its Own Path."
South Africa's education leaders knew exactly what they didn't want: mandatory busing and magnet schools.
Reggio Emilia preschools are demonstrating that progressive education can work for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, argue three researchers from Harvard University's Project Zero.
The strategy of abandoning failing schools must be reinterpreted for large, crowded districts like Los Angeles, observes Randy Ross.
The "No Child Left Behind" act can work if it doesn't get bogged down in technical minutiae, writes Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools.
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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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