December 11, 2002

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With the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001 emphasizing rigorous research, calls for more randomized trials in education studies have gained a new momentum in Washington policy circles.
Following the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, many state policymakers set out to find ways to define and deter bullying and related behavior that experts say contribute to campus violence. So far, the record of those efforts is mixed.
Nearly a year after passage of the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001, states are working hard to comply with the federal law, a survey conducted by Education Week shows. But while states have made changes on some fronts, they have a long way to go on others.

The U.S. Supreme Court's agreement last week to take up the legality of race-based admissions in higher education sets the stage for a ruling on affirmative action that is likely to reverberate throughout precollegiate schools as well.
Officials in charge of the federal E-rate program, which awards discounts to help school districts afford telecommunications services and infrastructure, say they have identified a disturbing pattern in E-rate applications involving the International Business Machines Corp., one of the largest vendors under the program.
The West Chester, Pa., board is rethinking its decision to name a school after civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, sparking a debate that is drawing national—and unwelcome—publicity.
Departments
  • Teaching Standards Board Names New President
  • San Diego Plans Changes in Alvarado's Role
  • FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Attention Problems
  • Chicago District Probes Three Teachers' High Pay
  • Salt Lake City Schools Tap Nearby Administrator as Chief
  • Phila. Schools to Screen Students for STDs
  • Judge in Hartford, Conn., OKs End to State Takeover
  • Deaths: Henry Chauncey, Ivan Illich
Departments
Back in their classrooms after a nearly three-week strike that ended just before Thanksgiving, teachers in Billings, Mont., approved a hard-fought contract last week that will give them 2.5 percent pay raises and additional help with health insurance.
With its recent unveiling of new performance ratings of schools and districts, Massachusetts marked the launch of an effort to merge its home-grown accountability system with the requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001.
Departments
Despite the nation's largely unmet demand for child care outside of traditional work hours, groups that are responding to the need are few and far between. Then there's La Causa.
Departments
The Chicago school district has shifted to a new accountability system that focuses on recognizing all schools' academic gains, rather than emphasizing the failures of those that continue to struggle.
International PageBecome a student of the world, and you'll be a better teacher when you return to America. That's Craig Kissock's pitch to prospective educators at the University of Minnesota-Morris as he shows them the floor-to-ceiling world map that adorns one wall of the school of education.
A team of Johns Hopkins University researchers, looking at studies on 29 popular schoolwide improvement programs, has concluded that the comprehensive models are better than the status quo when it comes to raising student achievement.
  • U.S. Keeps Pace With Other Nations' Reading Achievement
  • Language Included
  • National-Board Honors
In trying to educate children in foreign countries where poverty, geography, and scarce resources can make formal classroom instruction nearly impossible, international aid organizations are often forced to look at other options.
A new report from UNICEF offers an international look at the "achievement gap." Includes a table, "Rating Educational Disadvantage."
The same federal appellate panel that ruled against the Pledge of Allegiance last summer concluded last week that the father who challenged the pledge on behalf of his daughter, even though he does not have custody of the child, nonetheless has the right to press his case.
Departments
When Howard M. Persinger Jr. took over as the president of the West Virginia state board of education in October, he had one chief concern: If just two board members missed a meeting, the board would not be able to function.
After a bitter fight in a state that has become a major battleground in the national debate over charter schools, the Ohio legislature adopted far-reaching changes last week in the ground rules for how the independent public schools operate.
Departments
  • Governors Discuss School Ideas, Woes
  • Massachusetts OKs Graduation Certificate
  • Algebra Questions Added to Indiana's Graduation Test
  • Federal Judge Sends Mass. Case to State Court
  • Russo Bows Out of Contention for Florida Education Job
  • New Georgia Teachers Come With Guarantees
The following charts provide a status report on states' compliance with some provisions of the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001. The data are based on a survey conducted by Education Week for Quality Counts 2003.
New category labels for ethnicity and race will give students 63 ways to describe their heritage—or allow them to choose none at all—causing states and districts to address the need to revamp forms and computer systems to deal with the change.
Harold Howe II, who oversaw the advent of an unprecedented federal role in precollegiate education, died Nov. 30 in Hanover, N.H., at the age of 84.
Departments
The Department of Education spelled out last week how students with disabilities should be accommodated under federal requirements on school choice.
A Department of Education panel studying Title IX floated ideas last week that, if put into place, could drastically alter the way colleges and universities determine if they're fairly providing athletic opportunities to both men and women.
  • Whitehurst to Lead New Research Arm
  • High Court Rejects Case Involving Student Suicide
  • Mass. Seeks Exception to College-Aid Rule
Taxman v. Piscataway Township Board of Education

A New Jersey district laid off a white teacher over a black teacher of equal seniority to maintain diversity in a high school business education department. Two lower federal courts held that the race-based decision violated federal employment-discrimination law. The U.S. Supreme Court granted review of the case in 1997. But a coalition of civil rights groups, fearing a ruling that would harm affirmative action nationwide, raised money for a settlement that ended the case before the justices heard it.

A rural school's newspaper gives the townsfolk of Millerville, Ala., a voice of its own. But that voice may soon be silenced under a school-consolidation plan.
The outgoing president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards believes that National-board-certified teachers are setting "a new standard for teaching in America."
What does it mean to be educated? Howard Good finds the answer in a children's classic.
American educators must help UNESCO rekindle its original purpose of fostering the moral component of education, writes Fernando Reimers, association professor of international policy at Harvard University.
Letters
It was with great interest and some surprise that I read Jean C. Halle's Commentary on home schooling ("Home Schooling: Why We Should Care," Nov. 13, 2002). As a home school graduate who is now a doctoral candidate in education, I am always interested in the perception of home schooling in the press.
Departments
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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