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.
Jessica Portner, May 10, 2000
4 min read
Law & Courts Employers Can End Cash For Comp Time, Court Rules
Public employers may require workers to use their compensatory time instead of stockpiling it for eventual payment in cash, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week.
Mark Walsh, May 10, 2000
2 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
  • Utah Judge Halts New Policy on Weapons in Schools
  • Finance System Upheld in R.I.
  • Many Charter Laws Seen as Weak
  • N.J. Creates Urban Schools Council
  • Background Checks Planned in Ill.
May 10, 2000
5 min read
School Choice & Charters Politics
  • Voucher Plan Tears Apart Michigan GOP
  • Party Lines
Bess Keller, May 10, 2000
6 min read
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.
Debra Viadero, May 10, 2000
2 min read
Education Federal File
Stamp of approval

Beginning this week, U.S. Postal Service customers will be able to buy a 33-cent commemorative "improving education" stamp.

May 10, 2000
1 min read
Education Bills Would Tie Safety Funds To Proof of Success
An overhaul of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program, tucked into the main education bills now moving through Congress, could potentially alter what thousands of schools teach about drug use and crime prevention.
Jessica Portner, May 10, 2000
4 min read
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.
Ann Bradley, May 10, 2000
3 min read
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.
Michelle Galley, May 10, 2000
6 min read
Education Take Note
Girl power

An all-girl team has for the first time won first place in a regional contest for the DaimlerChrysler "Build Your Dream Vehicle" competition.

May 10, 2000
1 min read
Education Death
Jacqueline P. Danzberger, the director of governance programs for the Washington-based Institute for Educational Leadership, died April 17 of cancer. She was 67.
May 10, 2000
1 min read
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.
Erik W. Robelen, May 10, 2000
2 min read
Federal Election Notebook
  • Gore Takes Pains To Contrast Agenda
    With That of Bush
May 10, 2000
3 min read
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.
Alan Richard, May 10, 2000
3 min read
Federal States Seek To Defuse School Bomb Scares
Bomb scares have become so prevalent at schools over the past few years that state lawmakers are now crafting policies specifically aimed at deterring them.
Julie Blair, May 10, 2000
5 min read
Federal State Journal
Grade deflation

Florida school officials would no longer be able to turn a blind eye to D's and F's when calculating whether students met the state's new, stricter graduation standards, under legislation awaiting the governor's signature.

May 10, 2000
1 min read
Student Well-Being Educators Welcome Guidelines For Diagnosing ADHD
New guidelines for the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder from the nation's pediatricians will help foster more collaboration between schools and physicians, educators say.
Adrienne D. Coles, May 10, 2000
3 min read
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.
Mark Jennings, May 10, 2000
4 min read
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
  • Death
May 10, 2000
5 min read
Education Construction Costs
The 10 states with the highest total school construction needs, in billions of dollars:
May 10, 2000
1 min read
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.
Catherine Gewertz, May 10, 2000
2 min read
School & District Management Clinton Turns Spotlight On Performance
President Clinton has ordered federal education officials to help states and districts turn around low-performing schools.
Joetta L. Sack, May 10, 2000
4 min read
School Choice & Charters Charter Schools and Race
May 10, 2000
1 min read
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.
Debra Viadero, May 10, 2000
3 min read
School Choice & Charters Research on Charters and Integration Is Limited
A survey of the limited research that has been done on the demographics of charter schools suggests that in some places, they are contributing to the racial and ethnic isolation of their students.
Lynn Schnaiberg, May 10, 2000
4 min read
Budget & Finance Administrators
Fund-Rasing Blues: For sale at your local school:
May 10, 2000
2 min read
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.
Joetta L. Sack, May 10, 2000
3 min read
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.
John Gehring, May 10, 2000
3 min read
Education Corrections
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.
May 10, 2000
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