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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.