May 10, 2000
Education Week, Vol. 19, Issue 35
Education Clinton Offers Family-Friendly Goals At Teen Conference
At a White House conference on teenagers last week, President Clinton called on Congress to adopt several family-friendly budget items and signed an executive order that bars federal workplaces from discriminating against employees who are parents.
School & District Management Competing Plans Offered To Shield Research From Political Influences
Policymakers and researchers floated ideas for ways to buffer federally funded education research from the changing whims of politics during a House education subcommittee hearing last week.
Education Mississippi Links Teacher Raises To Growth in Revenues
Mississippi teachers are scheduled to receive raises aimed at increasing their pay to regionally competitive levels, under a bill signed last week by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.
Early Childhood Computer Companies Give Birth To 'Lapware' for Babies
Computer programs designed for the diaper set—including infants as young as 9 months old—are carving out a niche in the nation's flourishing educational software market.
Education Lawmakers At Odds as Debate Begins In Senate on ESEA Bill
The Senate last week launched into a heated debate over the federal role in schools, as lawmakers took up Republican K-12 legislation that in its current form is sure to be vetoed by President Clinton.
Education Alaska Legislators OK Bond Plan For School Construction
Alaska lawmakers last week passed the largest school construction plan in the state's history, but it didn't satisfy Gov. Tony Knowles and others who say the bill will do too little to address the state's pressing facilities needs.
Student Well-Being 'Attendance Technology' Easing Recordkeeping Burden
A new attendance-policing technology is helping to make cut slips a quaint memory in certain Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maryland urban schools.
Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
- School Anti-Drug Programs Questioned by UNC Study
- Detroit Board Picks New Chief
- Columbine Video Sales Resume
- Floyd Flake Joins Edison
- K.C. Case Dismissal Questioned
- Arizona Cuts Access to Tests
- Texas Teacher Morale Said Low
- New Center Aids Charter Schools
School Climate & Safety Detroit Fined $1.4 Million Over Asbestos Inspections
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has levied a $1.4 million fine against the Detroit school district for failing to adhere to deadlines in monitoring asbestos levels in its schools.
Equity & Diversity N.C. Launches Broad Assault On the Achievement Gap
With more than $100 million in proposed funding and a report card that would track achievement by race, North Carolina school leaders are stepping up efforts to close the persistent test-score gap separating the state's black and Hispanic students from their white counterparts.
Special Education New Settlement in Baltimore Spec. Ed. Case Brings Hope
Both sides in the long-standing case against the Baltimore district's special education system are optimistic that a new settlement will improve programs and ease the process of complying with court orders.
Families & the Community Turf Battle Flares in Fla. Over Control Of Adult Education
Bills pending in the Florida legislature that would essentially transfer control of adult education from school districts to community colleges are being described as a power grab by district officials and a much-needed reform by the bill's proponents.
A story about teacher liability in the March 29, 2000, issue of Education Week ("Fearful Teachers Buy Liability Insurance") misstated the number of years Michael F. Gallagher taught at Overlook Elementary School and how much of his legal fees were paid by the Pennsylvania State Education Association and its insurer. He taught at the school in Abington, Pa., for nine years, and the union paid $35,000.