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.
Darcia Harris Bowman, November 22, 2000
2 min read
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."
Jessica L. Sandham, November 22, 2000
7 min read
Education Assessing the Assessment
The Massachusetts Teachers Association began airing a 30-second television advertisement this month that denounces the state's high- stakes testing program. A frame from the spot, and its voice-over text, are shown below.
November 22, 2000
1 min read
Education Philanthropy
Downsizing: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded nearly $37 million in grants in California that are aimed at creating smaller, more personal learning environments.
November 22, 2000
2 min read
Education Educational Enrichment
Following are teacher-training institutions that have received some of the largest donations in the past couple of years. Total assets include endowments, pledges, and cash. The data were supplied by the institutions' development officers.
November 22, 2000
1 min read
States Mass. Teachers Blast State Tests in New TV Ads
Massachusetts' largest teachers' union, in a highly unusual move, has launched a biting, $600,000 advertising campaign that attacks the state's high-stakes accountability tests. Includes: "Assessing the Assessment."
John Gehring, November 22, 2000
6 min read
Equity & Diversity Balancing Act
When the Georgetown County, S.C., school district was forced to close an all-black school, the community learned some valuable lessons. But true integration remains an elusive goal.
Karla Scoon Reid, November 22, 2000
20 min read
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."
Joetta L. Sack, November 22, 2000
6 min read
Education News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
  • Election Battle Delays Decision on Federal Education Spending
  • Court Won't Hear Case on Property Taxes
November 22, 2000
1 min read
Families & the Community Children & Families
School Choice: Parents who can choose where to send their children to school become more involved in their children's education, says a paper by the Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank.
November 22, 2000
2 min read
Federal State Journal
No More Sweets

Some Ohio school districts could lose federal funding if they continue to disregard regulations that prohibit schools from selling sugary soft drinks and candy during breakfast and lunch times.

November 22, 2000
1 min read
School & District Management Troubled Pa. Districts Eye Dramatic Changes
Eleven low-performing school districts in Pennsylvania are poised to send their systems in 11 different, and potentially radical, new directions.
Robert C. Johnston, November 22, 2000
5 min read
Education News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
  • Texas Board Warns Schools
    Not To Push Drugs for ADHD
  • Wash. Rejecting Charter Measure
  • California Postpones Test Dates
  • Texas Teachers Want Health Plan
November 22, 2000
4 min read
Teaching Profession Pay-Scheme Tempest Blows Over Britain
Like many other educators in England, Rita Murphy has mixed feelings on the topic of teacher pay.
Jeff Archer, November 22, 2000
5 min read
Education Awaiting Confirmation
The next administration is expected to make about 150 political appointments in the Department of Education. Nominations to the following 16 top positions must be confirmed by the Senate.
November 22, 2000
1 min read
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.
Catherine Gewertz, November 22, 2000
3 min read
Education Foreign Exchange
A recent vote by the French National Assembly has opened the door for school nurses in France to distribute a "morning after" pill to junior and high school girls.
November 22, 2000
1 min read
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.
Karla Scoon Reid, November 22, 2000
3 min read
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.
Lisa Fine, November 22, 2000
3 min read
Education Take Note
Preserving the Past

David Larson likes old things.

So when he learned that the old schoolhouse his grandmother once attended was on property he had recently acquired, Mr. Larson decided to restore the building.

November 22, 2000
1 min read
Teacher Preparation Schools of Education Tracking Down 'Big Money'
Long discounted in universities' efforts to bring in the "big money," schools of education are starting to come into their own. Includes a table, "Educational Enrichment."
Julie Blair, November 22, 2000
11 min read
Infrastructure Schools Must Reveal Internet Logs, Judge Says
In a novel legal case that has raised privacy concerns about online education, a New Hampshire judge has ruled that a parent may inspect logs of Internet sites visited by students and school employees.
Mark Walsh, November 22, 2000
4 min read
Education Media
Mister Rogers' Goodbye: Fred M. Rogers is leaving the neighborhood, after finishing production this month of the last five of nearly 1,000 episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
November 22, 2000
1 min read
Student Well-Being Federal Breakfast Program Feeds Record Numbers
More schools than ever participated in the federal school breakfast program last year, but some 2 million children at risk for hunger are not being reached, a report says.
Adrienne D. Coles, November 22, 2000
2 min read
School Climate & Safety National Trust Urges Saving Historic Schools
Historic neighborhood schools should be renovated and savored, not closed or replaced by edge-of-town schools that have little character, members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation said last week.
Alan Richard, November 22, 2000
4 min read
Special Education Reporter's Notebook
  • Special Education Audience Wants Changes in IDEA
November 22, 2000
3 min read
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.
Andrew Trotter, November 22, 2000
3 min read
Education Commentary Educational Diplomacy
U.S. Department of Education officials assert that a modest investment to support systematic learning from educators abroad would soon pay off—for all countries involved.
Terry K. Peterson, Alan L. Ginsburg, Lenore Y. Garcia & Mariann Lemke, November 22, 2000
10 min read
Education Commentary The Zen of Quality
Using Zen Buddhism as an unlikely analogy, high school Assistant Principal Randy Johnson warns that the currently popular quality process is a powerful tool but not the savior it's been made out to be.
Randy Johnson, November 22, 2000
6 min read