November 15, 2000

Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 11
Equity & Diversity Ore. Rejects Proposal To Restrict What Schools Teach About Gays
Oregon voters rejected a proposal on their statewide ballot last week that would have prevented teachers in public schools from offering lessons construed as condoning homosexual behavior.
Lisa Fine, November 15, 2000
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Education 2001 Budget Awaits Lame-Duck Congress
Congress was set to return to Washington this week for a lame-duck session to address the still-unfinished fiscal 2001 budget for the departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. But with last week's divided election results, the fate of an agreement to provide the largest-ever increase in the Department of Education's budget was unclear.
November 15, 2000
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States States Tap 4 Incumbents and 2 Newcomers In Chiefs' Races
None of the state school chiefs' races begot the kind of unusual plot twists that marked the presidential contest. Instead, candidates who won tended to follow more predictable scripts. Includes the chart: "State School Chiefs Results."
Mark Stricherz & Julie Blair, November 15, 2000
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Education Events
November 2000 | December 2000 | January 2001
November 15, 2000
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Education Correction
An item in the People in the News column in the Nov. 8, 2000, issue of Education Week ("People in the News") gave an incorrect location for the headquarters of the Academy for Educational Development. It is based in Washington.

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Education Take Note
  • A Good Habit
November 15, 2000
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School & District Management First Elected President Chosen For D.C. Board
Voters in the District of Columbia swept all but two school board incumbents out of office on Election Day, clearing the way for a transformation of school leadership in the nation's capital.
Karla Scoon Reid, November 15, 2000
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School Climate & Safety Colo. Voters Approve Wait On Gun Buys
More than 18 months after the Columbine High School massacre, Colorado voters strongly approved a ballot measure last week to make it harder for criminals to buy firearms at gun shows.
Mark Stricherz, November 15, 2000
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School Choice & Charters Voucher Initiatives Defeated In Calif., Mich.
Voucher initiatives in California and Michigan were overwhelmingly defeated last week but voucher advocates responded that the latest ballot losses would not be a long-term setback for their movement. Includes: "Prospects for Wash. Charter School Initiative Look Dim."
Mark Walsh, November 15, 2000
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School & District Management Leadership

In Touch Online

School boards in five districts may soon get to know their communities a little better—and they'll do it electronically.
November 15, 2000
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Education Principals' Workshops Overhauled
The National Association of Secondary School Principals is offering two variations on its traditional assessment tools, which have been widely used across the country since the 1970s.
Alan Richard, November 15, 2000
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School & District Management Mich. Charter Schools Scoring Lower
Students in Michigan's regular public schools are generally outperforming their charter school peers on state achievement tests of basic academic subjects, according to a study released this month.
Darcia Harris Bowman, November 15, 2000
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Education Funding State Voters OK More Spending For Education
Voters in several states elected to put money in schools rather than taxpayers' pockets, analysts say. See the accompanying table, "State Ballot Measures: Results."
Jessica L. Sandham, November 15, 2000
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Education Federal File
  • Blocked out
November 15, 2000
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Teaching Profession NEA, AFT Leave Mark on Congress, Ballot Measures
The teachers's unions saw some gains from their costly investment in election and ballot initiative campaigns.
Jeff Archer, November 15, 2000
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Budget & Finance State Journal

Giving Back

The estimated 2.9 million Pennsylvania property owners receiving school property-tax rebates from the state are getting a note from Gov. Tom Ridge urging them to "take the family out to dinner" or do "whatever you decide" with the money.
November 15, 2000
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Education Funding Shoah Foundation Offers Holocaust Lessons
As more states conclude that students must learn about the Holocaust, teachers wrestling with how best to convey such complex and emotionally explosive material are finding help in an unlikely place: Hollywood.
Catherine Gewertz, November 15, 2000
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Education Funding Reporter's Notebook
  • Foundations Ponder Their Impact on Schools
November 15, 2000
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Education How Education Committee Members Fared
All five members of the Senate education panel who were up for re-election won their races. On the House side, only one member had definitively lost his re- election bid at press time. One race was too close to call.

Jump to House committee results.

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Curriculum Books in Print

Teachers and Classrooms

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School & District Management Louisville School Ratings at Odds With Kentucky Goals
Kentucky's largest and most urban district is at odds again with backers of the state's high-profile school accountability system, who worry that expectations are being lowered for needy students.
Robert C. Johnston, November 15, 2000
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Federal Elections Yield Delicate New Balance On Hill
Congressional Democrats reaped modest gains in last week's hard-fought elections, which some observers say could step up pressure for a more centrist, bipartisan approach to federal education policy. Includes: "2001 Budget Awaits Lame-Duck Congress," and the table, "How Education Committee Members Fared."
Erik W. Robelen, November 15, 2000
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Education It All Adds Up
Students who took algebra generally showed greater gains in mathematics achievement on the National Educational Longitudinal Study between 1988 and 1990 than those who did not take the course.
November 15, 2000
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Education Reporter's Notebook
  • Spotlight Shines on Maintaining the Arts in Schools
November 15, 2000
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Education Nation Ponders Unsettled Presidential Vote
Whoever the next president is, he will enter the White House without a sure direction from the voters and with a Congress nearly split in two along partisan lines.
Joetta L. Sack, November 15, 2000
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School Choice & Charters Prospects for Wash. Charter School Initiative Look Dim
A ballot measure that would legalize charter schools in Washington state appeared to be headed for defeat at press time last week.
Darcia Harris Bowman, November 15, 2000
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Budget & Finance District Mulls 'Naming' Rights For Businesses
Public schools in Charlotte, N.C., could go the way of modern-day sports stadiums under a proposal that would allow district officials to name rooms and other school facilities for corporate donors.
Darcia Harris Bowman, November 15, 2000
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Early Childhood Opinion Who's in Charge?
Louis Chandler outlines four current practices that have the potential for undermining one of teachers' traditional roles—that of imposing order on a chaotic world.
Louis A. Chandler, November 15, 2000
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Education Opinion Large-Scale Reform Is Possible
England has dramatically improved the literacy and numeracy achievement of its 3 million pupils—in under five years. If they can do it, why can't we? Michael Barber tells how the English do things.
Michael Barber, November 15, 2000
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