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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Budget & Finance State Journal
Unexpected turnoutEducators 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.)
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.
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."