April 26, 2000
Education Week, Vol. 19, Issue 33
Student Well-Being North Carolina District Puts Lunch Debtors on a Diet
It's not exactly bread and water, but the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., district is taking some heat for a new policy that puts students on a diet of soup or peanut butter and jelly until they settle their tabs with the school meals program.
School & District Management Former Knick Leaps From the NBA To Principal for a Day
Former New York Knicks star Charles Smith, who retired from the NBA after nine seasons and is now the head of a technology corporation, got a chance to teach some New York City youngsters that failure can often be transformed into success.
Student Well-Being School Cheerleading Evolving Into Competitive Activity
While competitive cheerleading's popularity has been climbing, interest in traditional cheerleading has waned. Some argue that changes in the sport have led to elimination of the traditional activity at some schools and to complaints that this new breed has forgotten its fundamental purpose: rousing the crowd.
Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
- N.J. Voters Pass Record Number of School Budgets
- Pittsburgh Chief's Pact Ratified
- No Charges in 1st Grade Plot
- Journalism Award Announced
- Teachers Trim Extra Work
- Boy Receives Teacher's Kidney
- Suit Over LeTourneau Planned
- Teacher Charged With Vandalism
- Bus-Crash Footage Sought
Education Take Note
Garmemt districtBill Werner, a real estate agent in south-central Colorado, scored points with the local high school football team and junior high baseball team earlier this month when he sold land in an online auction and used the proceeds to buy new uniforms for the two teams.
School Choice & Charters Redefining 'Public' Schools
Part 1 of a new series looks at the rise of charter schools, voucher programs, and other new ways of providing public education. Includes "Minority Communities Divided Over Charters, Vouchers."
School & District Management A Hard Lesson For Kansas City's Troubled Schools
In the prairie city whose divided heart once epitomized a nation's conflict over slavery, $2 billion has been spent to transform a crumbling school system into a phoenix of equal opportunity. But only part of the dream has come true.
School & District Management State Audits Find New Budget Shortfalls in Newark
Auditors reviewing the state-run Newark, N.J., schools have uncovered more unpaid bills and debt in the troubled district, bringing the total red ink to about $70 million in the system—$12 million above a shortfall that was reported in February.
Law & Courts Court Lets Stand Ruling Allowing School To Refuse Religious Ad
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear the appeal of a California man who was stymied in his efforts to post the Ten Commandments as an advertisement on the outfield fence of a high school baseball stadium.
Science Rural Education
Dust-up Over ARSI: Stephen A. Henderson was so angry about the article on his program that appeared in the Feb. 21 issue of Education Policy Analysis Archives, he called up the editor of the electronic journal and asked for it to be pulled from the publication's Internet site.
School Choice & Charters Minority Communities Divided Over Charters, Vouchers
The contentious politics surrounding school choice and competition have produced deep divisions within minority communities and strained traditional alliances of civil rights groups, education organizations, and Democrats.
School & District Management 'Blueprint' for San Diego Schools Draws Mixed Reactions
A plan recently adopted for the San Diego schools that will overhaul the curriculum, lay off hundreds of classroom assistants, and swell the summer school ranks is creating waves of mixed reaction.
Education Education Industry Showing Healthy Growth, Report Says
The for-profit education industry is quickly adding clicks to bricks.
Student Well-Being Fla. Driver's License Revocations Improve Attendance
Florida teenagers are just now feeling the sting of a 1997 state law that automatically revokes the driving privileges of students who miss too much school.
Ed-Tech Policy Foundation Turns Over Its Computer-Donation Program
The Detwiler Foundation has handed over its controversial program for distributing refurbished computers to schools to a new trade association that plans to take a more active role in lobbying Congress to promote such programs.