January 26, 2005

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Youth athletes increasingly complain about unruly fans, overbearing coaches, and pressures from elite travel teams. In Maine, at least, their concerns have been heard.
Administrators and students at private schools tend to see their schools as safer than public schools. But spurred in part by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many private schools have joined the national push to revamp campus safety plans.
Education studies that blend different research strategies are gaining renewed attention.
From President Bush on down, the pressure is on to fix America’s high schools. But despite a broad consensus that something is seriously wrong with the institution, deep fault lines remain about the remedies.
Fewer than six out of 10 students finish college within six years, and higher education institutions could do much more to improve such completion rates, according to a report released last week.
Take Note
News in Brief: A National Roundup
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Michigan’s governor has named a panel of 120 citizens to help the Detroit school district improve its governance, but some skeptics worry that the group’s size and broad mission might hamper its effectiveness.
Carlos Garcia, the superintendent of the Clark County, Nev., public schools, wants everyone to know he is not a terrorist.
People in the News
The continuing move nationwide to full-day kindergarten gives teachers the opportunity to develop pupils’ skills and a chance to delve deeper into topics, even as some observers voice concern over the academic tilt of such classes.
Special Education
Schools seeking to tap the opinions of their constituents—parents, students, and community members—may never have had it so easy, thanks to the proliferation of online survey tools that are being served up by companies or set up by school do-it-yourselfers.
Learning Links
The education services company Educate Inc. has acquired the parent company of Hooked on Phonics, the controversial but popular literacy and math program advertised on television.
Scholarly Citings
The heated debate over the growth of charter schools in Massachusetts continues to escalate.
Report Roundup
At the urging of the governor, New Jersey education leaders have joined with state and local law-enforcement officials in a plan to inspect every school in the state to make sure children are as safe as possible from potential terrorist attacks.
Charter schools in Texas be warned: State officials are tracking you more closely than ever.
Florida could become the first state to require students to pass a reading test to advance at every grade level, under a plan approved by the state school board last week.
State Journal
State of the States
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
State of the States
News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Wisconsin teachers have a choice, according to Republicans in the state legislature: Scale back your health benefits in exchange for salary increases, or give up any hope of raises.
The Bush administration’s recent unveiling of its plan to extend accountability and other academic measures into the nation’s high schools has caused backers of vocational education to worry that the proposal may squeeze their programs out of the federal budget.
As the new crop of members of the House and Senate begin to find their footing in the 109th Congress, those with an interest in education say they want to do everything from push for tax credits for private school tuition to tinker with the No Child Left Behind Act.
Federal File
Just hours after President Bush was sworn in last week for his second term, the Senate confirmed White House adviser Margaret Spellings by voice vote as the eighth U.S. secretary of education.
While tens of thousands of people angled to get a glimpse of President Bush and first lady Laura Bush during Inauguration Day festivities that included the traditional parade and nine official inaugural balls, the next secretary of education was the star of one of the many private parties on Jan. 20.
A shift in responsibility for special education research within the Department of Education has some advocates concerned that the needs of children with disabilities may get lost in the shuffle.
The fallout from the Department of Education’s public relations arrangement with the commentator Armstrong Williams briefly threatened last week to derail the confirmation of Margaret Spellings as secretary of education.
Profiles of eight freshman members of the 109th Congress.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Educators from the United States flock to the Edmonton, Alberta, district in Canada to learn about its experience with site-based management, an idea that is gaining new traction here.
Reading proficiency should be considered the most important goal in the early grades, write Michael L. Kamil and Herbert J. Walberg.
In discussions about race, says education professor Patricia M. Cooper, we've got to be unsparingly honest about what's at stake for both parties.
As a nation, we must develop children who are productive and happy, not kids who can just pass a test and get through school, say Rod Paige and Mike Huckabee.

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