May 12, 1999

Education Week, Vol. 18, Issue 35
Accountability Researchers See Some Progress in Chicago High Schools
Chicago's systemwide push to propel high school students to loftier achievement is changing how teachers conduct their classes, but some district efforts are facing resistance, a University of Chicago study has found.
Caroline Hendrie, May 12, 1999
2 min read
Education Funding Group Helps Troubled Schools Find Answers

Three years ago, Selma Middle School was a dismal place to be.

Julie Blair, May 12, 1999
9 min read
States Contracts Heighten Chiefs' Accountability
In the midst of a school reform movement that is demanding results of its students, teachers, and principals, two recently appointed state schools chiefs are learning that accountability applies even to those at the top.
Jessica L. Sandham, May 12, 1999
2 min read
School Climate & Safety Schools Ratchet Up the Rules on Student Clothing, Threats
Before the school shootings in Colorado last month, a student arriving at school wearing a black trench coat wouldn't have gotten a second glance. Now, he might be suspended.
Jessica Portner, May 12, 1999
6 min read
Equity & Diversity Counting Lesson: Schools Join Census Outreach
The U.S. Census Bureau is tapping the nation's schools to get its message out: "Census 2000. This is your future. Don't leave it blank."
Lynn Schnaiberg, May 12, 1999
8 min read
States Governors Vie With Chiefs on Policy, Politics
After being appointed interim chief in 1985 by then-Gov. Robert D. Orr, a fellow Republican, he and the governor enjoyed weekly policy breakfasts. Those talks eventually led to major school reforms.
Robert C. Johnston, May 12, 1999
9 min read
Education L.A. Board Advances Broad Accountability Measures
Despite union opposition, Los Angeles school leaders are moving ahead with an accountability plan that promises cash rewards to successful schools and tough consequences for those that consistently aren't up to par.
Kerry A. White, May 12, 1999
2 min read
School Choice & Charters Charters Likely To Be Newly Created, U.S. Report Finds
Even more so than just a few years ago, charter schools are likely to be newly created schools with small enrollments, according to a U.S. Department of Education report released last week.
Lynn Schnaiberg, May 12, 1999
2 min read
College & Workforce Readiness States Gave More Aid for Higher Education Last Year, Report Says
State governments collectively raised financial aid for college students by nearly 10 percent last school year, according to the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs.
Julie Blair, May 12, 1999
3 min read
Education Minnesota Weighs Profile of Learning's Fate
Gov. Jesse Ventura spoke out strongly in favor of Minnesota's embattled high school graduation standards last week, while state legislators tried to craft a compromise to address complaints about the new system.
Ann Bradley, May 12, 1999
4 min read
School Climate & Safety Columbine Students Return to Class; District Finds Itself in Debt
Students who used to attend Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo., are beginning to feel less like victims and more like students. Last week, they began to settle into a routine of classes, homework, and final exams at a neighboring high school.
Jessica Portner, May 12, 1999
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Panel Explores Entertainment-Violence Link

The deadly shootings last month at a Colorado high school have lent renewed energy to congressional efforts to scrutinize the entertainment industry's role in marketing violence to children and examine what new steps may be needed to protect young people.

Erik W. Robelen, May 12, 1999
4 min read
Education Texas Study Links Teacher Certification, Student Success
Texas students do better on state exams when their instructors are certified in the subjects they teach, according to a report that also says needy students are more likely to have out-of-field teachers.
Robert C. Johnston, May 12, 1999
4 min read
Education Funding Kellogg Seeks To Help Hispanics Earn College Degrees
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced it will spend $28.7 million over six years in an effort to boost the number of Hispanic students who obtain college degrees. Experts say that is the first major grant from a private philanthropy ever given to the cause.
Julie Blair, May 12, 1999
2 min read
Education Father Figures
A program in the Boston schools helps young fathers balance parenting and education.
Jessica L. Sandham, May 12, 1999
14 min read
Education Welfare Reform Inspires a Variety of State Efforts
Federal welfare-reform legislation passed almost three years ago not only brought new work requirements for mothers. It also put a strong emphasis on the responsibilities of fathers.
Continued, May 12, 1999
4 min read
Education AmeriCorps Officials Berated for Management Problems

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., says he likes the idea of people helping people through the AmeriCorps program. What irks him is that the federal organization can't get its financial books together after years of trying.

Julie Blair, May 12, 1999
2 min read
Education Treasury Department Gives Aid to Career Program

The 10th graders who trickle into Faye Dixon's classroom at Eastern High School here look sleepy on this sunny spring morning. Still, they're eager to talk about their field trip to the Howard University law school a day earlier.

Joetta L. Sack, May 12, 1999
5 min read
States Choosing Chiefs and Boards
States have a variety of methods for selecting their education leadership. In 23 states, the state school board chooses the superintendent of schools; most others are elected or picked by governors.
May 12, 1999
1 min read
Equity & Diversity N.Y. Town in Turmoil Over Teacher's Pregnancy
Kathleen V. Williamsen says she had always known that her principal didn't like pregnancy in her Elmont, N.Y., school--meaning teacher pregnancy.
May 12, 1999
3 min read
Reading & Literacy Reading Experts Question if 'Balance' Is the Answer

San Diego

Reading programs in school districts and states throughout the country have been revamped in recent years, experts say, to reflect the "balance" of teaching methods--from direct phonics instruction to an emphasis on rich literature--that scholars and national reports have recommended.

May 12, 1999
4 min read
States States Try New Leadership Strategies; N.C. Governor Chairs Special Cabinet
When Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. declared earlier this year that the schools in North Carolina would be the best in the country by 2010, he asked his four-member Education Cabinet to map out a plan to get there.
Robert C. Johnston, May 12, 1999
2 min read
Mathematics Coalition of Governors, Business Leaders Plans for New Math Test

Ten states have signed on to a $2 million effort by a group of governors and corporate executives to create an 8th grade mathematics test that parallels those used in the world's top-performing nations.

Debra Viadero, May 12, 1999
3 min read
Student Well-Being Falling Teenage Birthrate Fuels Drop in Overall U.S. Rate

Falling Teenage Birthrate Fuels Drop
In Overall U.S. Rate
: The overall birthrate in the United States has dropped to a record low, in part because of the continuing decline in the rate at which teenage girls give birth.
May 12, 1999
4 min read
School & District Management Md. Panel Urges Tougher Middle School Academics
A shot of academic rigor and better, more targeted teacher training may be the tonic for Maryland's middle schools, according to a state committee.
Debra Viadero, May 12, 1999
2 min read
Special Education Commentary Federal File

Past-due notice


Congress received a $146.9 billion "invoice" last week for late payments on special education.
May 12, 1999
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy FCC Chairman To Seek Full Funding for E-Rate Program

Chairman William E. Kennard of the Federal Communications Commission will recommend full funding of the federal E-rate program, he announced last week at an event organized by education and library officials.

Andrew Trotter, May 12, 1999
2 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Huge E-Rate Project Runs Into Problems
It could have been one of the E-rate program's greatest successes.
Andrew Trotter, May 12, 1999
10 min read
Education Commentary Take Note

Metric accountability


Who says success can't be sweet? Noelle Ruggiero, an Eastchester, N.Y., 8th grader, measures it in metric terms.
May 12, 1999
1 min read