January 14, 2004

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With academic expectations for young pupils rising across the country, homework is becoming a more routine part of the kindergarten experience.
States have fashioned wildly different ways of judging whether teachers already in the classroom meet the federal standard of "highly qualified," raising the possibility that teachers in some states will not face the high hurdle that Congress intended.
Florida may be where school voucher proponents found their Wheel of Fortune, but an escalating debate there over regulating private schools that accept the tuition aid is beginning to look more like Family Feud.
The No Child Left Behind Act took center stage for a prolonged discussion when Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Iowa last week for their ninth debate. By the time it was over, the law—approved by nearly all congressional Democrats two years ago—was looking a little bruised and battered.
A new federal report documents what some experts on limited-English-proficient students have suspected: Such students are underrepresented in special education.
Departments
A study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education provides a detailed look at the nation's students who are learning English as a new language.
  • CDC Reports 93 Deaths of Children From Flu
  • New York City Schools' Overhaul Clears U.S. Justice Department
  • Boston Public Schools Stand By Residency Rule
  • Principal of S.C. High School Resigns After Outcry Over Raid
  • Calif. District Settles Lawsuit Alleging Harassment of Students
  • Pediatricians' Group Urges End to Sale of Soft Drinks in Schools
  • Columbus-Area District Reopens After Buses Hit by Gunfire
  • Death: Mary "Lois" Tinson
Departments
At least three school districts had pulled beef from their menus as of last week because of concerns about mad cow disease.
A newspaper editor who published the content of six standardized tests used by the Chicago public schools violated copyright law, a federal appeals court has ruled. Still, the court said such information can be reproduced in similar forums, provided publishers show it is "necessary."
Departments
Departments
Schools districts can choose from a dizzying array of software products to analyze student-achievement data. Now, three researchers have published a paper to help them make an educated choice.
New York City school officials have changed their game plan for boosting reading achievement in the district's lowest-performing schools in order to improve their chances of qualifying for $34 million in federal grants.
A compensation system designed to provide Denver teachers with monetary bonuses for their extra efforts to improve student performance has produced considerable achievement in many classrooms, the final report on the nationally watched pilot project says.
As the federal government's Head Start Bureau proceeds with a new testing program for 4- and 5-year-olds, criticism of the test—called the National Reporting System—continues to mount among experts in early-childhood education.
In an effort to curb E-rate waste, fraud, and abuse—as well as simplify the $2.25 billion federal program for applicants—the Federal Communications Commission has announced a series of new program rules.
  • Cleveland Voucher Pupils Analyzed in Final Report
  • Money for Technology
  • International Obesity
  • Vocational Experience
  • Online Learning
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell spent his first year in office in an uphill battle for the education agenda that defined his candidacy. And if it's true that politics is the art of half a loaf, it's possible he's still feeling pretty hungry.
State of the States
  • California
  • Colorado
  • New York
  • Vermont
Departments
A Pennsylvania school district is suing the state for failing to provide the money and the tools it needs to ensure its schools will make academic progress under federal law.
Louisiana and Missouri are the targets of lawsuits by groups of school districts that want those states to overhaul their school funding formulas.
  • Colorado Judge Upholds Injunction on Vouchers
  • Public Awareness Urged on Irradiated Beef in Schools
  • Political-Speech Guidelines Have No Force, Court Says
  • Proposed Calif. Measure Seeks Class Use of Bible
  • Ariz. Schools Chief Gives 'State of Education' Speech
President Bush celebrated the second anniversary of one of his signature domestic achievements last week, as he trumpeted two schools he believes have begun to live up to the promise of the No Child Left Behind Act.
With little fanfare, the 16 federally financed clearinghouses that have been the nerve centers for the nation's largest and oldest electronic education library closed last month. Includes "New Sources for Clearinghouse Materials."
Departments
Election 2004
  • If Elected, Edwards Would Send Children to D.C. Public Schools
  • Immigrant Dreams
Although the ERIC clearinghouses are now closed, most have moved their electronic archives to the following new homes on the Web:
At low-key candidate speeches and raucous campaign rallies, teachers and union members have shown a determination to play a major role early in this year's presidential election.
School districts receiving federal Reading First grants will have access to technical assistance for improving their literacy programs, under a $37 million initiative announced by the Department of Education last week.
Bonnie Copeland seems mild-mannered, but she's determined to shake up the troubled Baltimore city schools.
To fully realize the vision of public accountability, a fundamental shift has to occur in the definition of what constitutes public participation in the schools, say Eva Gold and Elaine Simon.
Effective educational leaders cannot be developed through online certification programs, writes Lance D. Fusarelli.
Letters
Departments
Three science educators say the time is now for states to develop science assessments that can deliver on the promise of "a sound, basic education in science."
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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