May 31, 2000

Education Week, Vol. 19, Issue 38
Law & Courts High Court Refuses To Hear N.Y. Appeal in Yonkers Case
The U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to hear New York state's appeal of lower-court rulings that require it to pay half the costs of desegregating the Yonkers public schools.
Mark Walsh, May 31, 2000
3 min read
Student Well-Being Border Ills
The United States has whipped most childhood diseases. But along the Mexican border, schoolchildren are still being stricken at alarming rates.
Jessica Portner, May 31, 2000
16 min read
Equity & Diversity Talented, But Not Legal
Many immigrants overcome tremendous odds to succeed in school. But their immigration status may bar them from a college education.

Robert C. Johnston, May 31, 2000
13 min read
School & District Management Governance Changes Sought For D.C. Schools
Improving a wayward urban school system is tough enough. Add oversight from Congress, competing supervisory boards, and other levels of government to the mix, and checks-and-balances become hurdles-and-haggles.
Alan Richard, May 31, 2000
5 min read
School & District Management Health Update
  • Many More Students Are Abusing Ritalin, DEA Official Testifies
  • Drowsy Children
May 31, 2000
3 min read
School Choice & Charters Reporter's Notebook
  • Conflicting Views on the Effects of School Choice on Integration
May 31, 2000
3 min read
Equity & Diversity College Enrollment To Swell— Minorities Included
College enrollment is expected to swell by 19 percent in the next 20 years due, in part, to the growth of minority students among the college-age population, a report released last week concludes.
Julie Blair, May 31, 2000
2 min read
Education Take Note

Photo Finish?

And you thought the Sports Illustrated curse was bad. The magazine is famous for featuring a top-ranked team on its cover at the beginning of a sports season—an honor many fans consider a bad omen that all but guarantees the team will stumble on its way to a championship.
May 31, 2000
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Minn. Reaches Uneasy Accord Over Learning Standards
By the final gavel closing their legislative session this month, Minnesota lawmakers had not scuttled the state's embattled graduation standards, as many had hoped. Nor had they offered school districts a competing, turn-back-the-clock system, as many others had feared.
Bess Keller, May 31, 2000
7 min read
Education News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
  • House Judiciary Committee Approves School Security Funds
  • Gore Proposes More After-School Help
  • Bill To Improve Food Program Passes
May 31, 2000
2 min read
School & District Management N.J. Takeover of Newark Found To Yield Gains, But Lack Clear Goals
As the state-run Newark, N.J., school system slowly begins its transition back to local control, an extensive new study shows that while test scores have risen since the 1995 takeover, clearly defined priorities and effective leadership remain elusive throughout the financially troubled district.
Robert C. Johnston, May 31, 2000
4 min read
Special Education Special Education
Parents' Views: Although more parents are becoming educated about learning disabilities, many say they would not want their children's problems formally identified that way, according to a new survey.
May 31, 2000
2 min read
School & District Management Levy Settles Into the Driver's Seat In N.Y.C.
Vast, struggling and chaotic, the New York City school system can be compared to many things—a Fortune 500 company; an old, lumbering train; a squabbling family—but only a man like Harold O. Levy would compare it to an artistic gathering capable of unspeakable beauty.
Catherine Gewertz, May 31, 2000
6 min read
Education Honors & Awards

NATIONAL SERVICE-LEARNING 'LEADER SCHOOLS'

May 31, 2000
2 min read
Teacher Preparation Wanted: A Few Good Teacher-Preparation Programs
The Department of Education has announced a competition that aims to showcase the nation's most successful teacher-preparation programs.
Julie Blair, May 31, 2000
3 min read
Student Well-Being USDA Goes to the Source To Test Latest Menu Creations
To find out whether their new food products would be popular in schools, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week went straight to its No. 1 customers: schoolchildren.
May 31, 2000
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Future of Florida's School Impact Fees Cast Into Doubt
Striking a blow to some of the state's fastest-growing districts, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that an adults-only housing complex near Daytona Beach does not have to pay school impact fees because none of its residents are school-age.
Jessica L. Sandham, May 31, 2000
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Guidance Counselors Often Struggle To Help Undocumented Students
Trying to help high-achieving students who are undocumented aliens reach their college goals has become a routine as confusing as it is heartbreaking for many high school guidance counselors here and across the country.
Robert C. Johnston, May 31, 2000
3 min read
Education Time Grows Short on ESEA Renewal
If the effort to reauthorize the nation's main K-12 education law were a patient, it would be in critical condition. Includes the chart, "Progress Report."
Erik W. Robelen, May 31, 2000
8 min read
Standards Indiana Out in Front On Giving Students Extra Help
As Indiana has ratcheted up its expectations for young people, it also has invested heavily in remediation to help students pass its high school exit tests.
Lynn Olson, May 31, 2000
5 min read
Teacher Preparation Teachers' Idealism Tempered By Frustration, Survey Finds
Teaching is a labor of love for educators, yet many report that their working conditions are undesirable and they lack classroom-management skills, says a study released last week.
Julie Blair, May 31, 2000
3 min read
Families & the Community Chicago To Size Up Parents With 'Checklists'
Starting next fall, Chicago parents are scheduled to receive reports every five weeks from their children's public schools. But unlike most correspondence between teachers and parents, these reports will focus less on student performance than on the parents' own role in their children's education.
Michelle Galley, May 31, 2000
3 min read
Education People in the News
May 31, 2000
1 min read
Budget & Finance State Journal

Unexpected turnout

Educators in Portland, Ore., breathed a sigh of relief last week, after Multnomah County election officials declared a $78 million, five-year tax levy had passed—nearly a week after widespread reports that it had failed because of insufficient voter turnout. ("Five Ore. Districts OK Local-Option Taxes in Mail-In Vote," May 24, 2000.)
May 31, 2000
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Mass. Ed. Dept. Criticized For Taped Session on Gay Sex
The Massachusetts Department of Education has become embroiled in a controversy over a gay-rights forum where high school students and department employees took part in sexually explicit discussions that were captured on audiotape by a parents' group.
John Gehring, May 31, 2000
4 min read
Standards News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
  • Vt. To Punish Bomb Scares by Taking Driver's Licenses
  • Ariz. Court Upholds Unruly Student
  • Pro-Standards Group Forms in N.J.
  • N.Y. Charters Sue Over State Tests
May 31, 2000
4 min read
Equity & Diversity As Graduation Day Nears, A 4.0 Student Hopes for a Miracle
Edith Carmona is in the Twilight Zone of immigration status known as "in-process."
Robert C. Johnston, May 31, 2000
4 min read
Federal Progress Report
Following are brief descriptions and the status of bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act:
May 31, 2000
2 min read
Special Education Indiana Case Focuses On Special Ed.
An Indiana lawsuit is believed to be the first to directly challenge the implementation of a high-stakes exit exam as a diploma requirement for special education students.

Lynn Olson, May 31, 2000
9 min read