November 22, 2000
Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 12
Federal Wis. District Learning Its Own Lesson About Recounts
While the Democratic and Republican candidates for president wrangled over vote- counting procedures in Florida last week, public school leaders in faraway La Farge, Wis., were experiencing firsthand the havoc wreaked by premature calls, missing ballots, and hand recounts.
Social Studies Election Called 'A Great Civics Lesson'
While the election dispute has stirred tempers and evoked concern in some quarters, civics and social studies teachers say it has been the instructional equivalent of Regis Philbin handing them $1 million. Includes: "Wis. District Learning Its Own Lesson About Recounts."
Federal With Election in Doubt, Transition Must Wait
The presidency wasn't the only federal position still up in the air last week because of the ballot-counting dispute in Florida. About 150 appointments in the Department of Education were on hold as well. Includes the table, "Awaiting Confirmation."
States Nevada Suit Challenges Proposed Business Tax for Schools
A coalition of Nevada businesses is asking a state judge to block a proposed 4 percent tax on companies' profits that would raise an estimated $250 million a year to benefit public schools. The plan is an unconstitutional "back door" income tax, the group argues.
Professional Development Principals Need Training in Guiding Learning, Report Says
Principals need training that focuses on instructional issues, rather than management, if they are to direct successful schools, a report to be released this week argues.
Special Education Spec. Ed. Testing Waivers In Texas Questioned
Schools in Texas that moved up the most in their state accountability ratings last year also tended to excuse a higher percentage of special education students from taking the high-stakes state test than other schools, according to a study from the University of Texas at Austin.
Accountability Wash. State Panel Recommends Tougher Accountability
School districts in Washington that show consistently poor performance should be subject to state takeover, monetary penalties, or other consequences, a state panel has concluded.