April 14, 1999

Education Week, Vol. 18, Issue 31
School & District Management NRC Seeks New Agenda for Research
Washington
The National Research Council last week mapped out an ambitious, 15-year strategy for increasing the usefulness of education research.
Lynn Olson, April 14, 1999
5 min read
School & District Management Milwaukee Voters Reject Union-Backed Candidates
In a hotly contested and costly school board race, Milwaukee voters stunned the city's powerful teachers' union last week by rejecting all five of its endorsed candidates.
Kerry A. White, April 14, 1999
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Federal GOP Weighs In With Proposals On Construction

With members of Congress from both parties lining up behind various proposals on aid for school construction, the big question this year may not be whether, but how, the federal government will tread into this new territory.

Joetta L. Sack, April 14, 1999
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Student Well-Being After Anti-Smoking Effort, Fla. Youths Light Up Less
A Florida program aimed at reducing smoking among students statewide may offer the first whiff of evidence that a combination of media campaigns, education, and increased cigarette prices can significantly drive down youth-smoking rates, a federal report suggests.
Jessica Portner, April 14, 1999
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School Choice & Charters As Tax Day Nears, Arizona Prepares To Tally Credits
"Taxpayers: Rescue your money from the state treasury!"

That's the message the Flagstaff Unified School District sent in 30,000 brochures mailed to every household in the northern Arizona district. The aim: to promote a state policy that offers a tax credit worth up to $200 for donations to public schools for extracurricular activities that require a fee.

Lynn Schnaiberg, April 14, 1999
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Assessment Austin District Charged With Test Tampering
The Austin, Texas, school district and one of its top administrators were indicted last week after a six-month probe into charges that school officials adjusted student data to raise scores on last year's state exams.
April 14, 1999
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Education Milestones

Wilson Riles, a three-term California state schools chief and the state's first African-American to be elected to statewide office, died April 4 following complications from pneumonia. He was 81.
April 14, 1999
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College & Workforce Readiness More Teens Blending High School, College
Jodi Smith will celebrate two academic milestones this June, collecting her high school diploma first, then picking up her associate's degree from college a few weeks later.
Julie Blair, April 14, 1999
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Ed-Tech Policy Two Reports React to 'Virtual Universities' With Caution
Two reports on "virtual universities" released last week raise warnings about this growing trend in higher education, but for different reasons.
Julie Blair, April 14, 1999
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Law & Courts Black, Hispanic Admissions Rebound at University of California
The number of black and Hispanic students offered admission to University of California campuses next fall rose after nosediving last year in the wake of a ban on the use of race in admissions decisions.
Robert C. Johnston, April 14, 1999
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Federal Education Groups Unite in Opposition to Divided ESEA

Major education groups and some state officials are uniting in opposition to House Republicans' plans to divide the reauthorization legislation for the nation's main K-12 law into several separate bills.

Erik W. Robelen, April 14, 1999
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School & District Management Following the Plan
Success in whole-school reform, researchers say, depends on how well schools implement the designs.
Lynn Olson, April 14, 1999
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Budget & Finance Most Edison Schools Report Rise in Test Scores
Achievement trends are heading steadily upward at the vast majority of Edison Project schools that have been open for more than a year, the company said last week in its second annual report on school performance.
Mark Walsh, April 14, 1999
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States Despite Takeover Laws, States Moving Cautiously on Interventions

In the decade that has passed since New Jersey became the first state to seize control of a local school district because of its academic troubles, state leaders say they have learned some hard lessons about when and how it's necessary for states to intervene in failing districts.

Jessica L. Sandham, April 14, 1999
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Curriculum Information Sources for Teachers: Conflict in Yugoslavia
Following is a list of some World Wide Web sites that teachers can use for background information and up-to-date reports on the Kosovo crisis.
April 14, 1999
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Education Research Notes

Music and Math


Giving young students piano lessons in combination with specially designed computer games can sharpen their understanding of proportions and fractions, a new study concludes.
April 14, 1999
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Education News in Brief: A National Roundup

School Support Staff OKs Affiliation With Miners' Union

April 14, 1999
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Curriculum Report on Abstinence Funds Raises Questions

A year of federal funding for abstinence-only programs has had little effect on existing school-based sexuality education, a report released here last week suggests.

Adrienne D. Coles, April 14, 1999
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Federal Partisan Tensions Flare Up in 'Ed-Flex' Debate

House and Senate lawmakers are set to reconcile differences over the first education bill to see action in the 106th Congress, but a Senate GOP amendment that strikes at one of President Clinton's top priorities has raised the stakes considerably.

Erik W. Robelen, April 14, 1999
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States Colorado School Seizes on Opportunity for Local Control
As the principal of an elementary school in Apple Valley, Calif., Brian Ewert was so frustrated by the state and district mandates he had to follow that he considered changing careers.
Robert C. Johnston, April 14, 1999
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Education People in the News
Kathryn Harwell-Kee
Kathryn Harwell-Kee has been elected the president of the National Staff Development Council. Ms. Harwell-Kee has worked in the Texas public schools for 22 years as a teacher and an administrator, and she was named the Texas Outstanding Staff Developer in 1993. Most recently, she was the assistant superintendent for instruction in the 13,000-student Grapevine-Colleyville district in Grapevine, Texas. Her one-year position with the 8,000-member Oxford, Ohio-based council ends in December.
April 14, 1999
1 min read
Education Teacher Walkouts Spread Across Washington
Teachers in Washington state, frustrated by salaries that have lagged behind the cost of living for years, have been voting in a growing number of districts and schools to walk out in protest.
Andrew Trotter, April 14, 1999
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Student Well-Being Opinion Children & Families
Child Abuse: The United States has become a safer place for everyone except children, says a new study from a child-advocacy group.
April 14, 1999
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Education Opinion Administrators
Principal Concerns: Before they take the plunge into administration, what dimensions of the job have teachers weighed?
April 14, 1999
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Education Opinion Federal File

Waiving California


California can use its $129 million in federal class-size-reduction aid to hire high school teachers, Vice President Al Gore announced at a Los Angeles ceremony last week.
April 14, 1999
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Budget & Finance Opinion Business
Capital Infusion: Advantage Schools Inc., a Boston-based operator of charter schools in seven states, has secured a new round of $25 million in private venture capital designed to allow it to open 25 new schools in the next 18 months.
April 14, 1999
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Standards Opinion 'Standards Are Not Magic'
Higher standards for all students. A worthy goal indeed. But a closer look at seven districts trying to implement standards-based reform suggests this is no small challenge. The realities of urban districts and the ambitions of standards-based reform are not easily joined.
Jane L. David, April 14, 1999
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Education Opinion State Journal

War of words


Oregon politicians are taking to the airwaves and to the road to sell voters on their plans for funding K-12 education this legislative session.
April 14, 1999
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Candles in the Wind
Shortly before last Christmas, I attended my daughter's midwinter concert, which was held in the chapel of Princeton University. The Gothic cathedral, with its stained-glass windows, vaulted ceiling, and cavernous acoustics, is an inspiring setting for such an event. The students of Princeton High are lucky to have such a place for their concert.
Paul D. Houston, April 14, 1999
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