January 17, 2001

Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 18
College & Workforce Readiness Colleges
Collegiate Advice: While a recent study shows that most high school students meet with guidance counselors and find their advice helpful in making decisions about college, counselors overall have little influence over students' final postsecondary education choices, it says.
John Gehring, January 17, 2001
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Education Grants
From Federal Sources

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley recently announced a total of $21 million in grants to six research organizations to study the success of comprehensive school reform models. The studies aim to provide a better understanding of school improvement by examining the large-scale implementation of such research-based models. The organizations and their grant amounts are as follows:

January 17, 2001
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Education News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
  • CHIP Rules Revised To Help More Children Obtain Health Insurance
  • Bush Names New Choice for Labor Post
January 17, 2001
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Standards Kansas Board Likely To Reinstate Evolution in Standards
A newly constituted Kansas state school board debated the merits of yet another set of science standards last week, this time vowing to reinstate references to evolution deleted a year and a half ago.
Julie Blair, January 17, 2001
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Education Teaching & Learning
  • Performance Testing Being Readied
    For Ohio Teachers
  • Getting Respect
  • 'Pioneering' Education Schools
  • Lofty Company
  • Knocking Down Barriers
  • Teacher Grants
January 17, 2001
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Student Well-Being Health Update
  • Surgeon General: Children's Mental Health
    In 'Crisis'
  • The Cost of ADHD
  • Slicing the Fat
January 17, 2001
3 min read
Education Public Sees Role for Religion In Schools
A majority of Americans believe religion belongs in the public schools, but most favor a moment of silence over nondenominational or overtly Christian prayers in the classroom, according to a survey released last week by Public Agenda.
Mark Walsh, January 17, 2001
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College & Workforce Readiness Wash. State Districts Issue Grades For 'Employability'
To address employers' concerns that high school graduates were not prepared for the demands of the workplace, teachers in the Kent school district in Washington state have begun giving students grades for "employability."
John Gehring, January 17, 2001
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Special Education Report by City Leaders Criticizes D.C.'s Special Education Services
The District of Columbia's public school system still lacks adequate special education programs—and school officials haven't identified ways to fix the problem in their four-year special education plan, two elected city leaders conclude in a new report.
Lisa Fine, January 17, 2001
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School & District Management Urban Education
Big-City Doctorate: Hoping to improve the quality of education in the nation's largest public school system, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York is starting a doctoral program in urban education.
January 17, 2001
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School Climate & Safety Violent Drawing Was a Real Threat, Mass. Court Rules
Massachusetts' highest court has upheld the conviction of a 12-year-old Worcester student who drew a picture of himself pointing a gun at his teacher.
Jessica Portner, January 17, 2001
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Equity & Diversity Budget Deficit Threatens Rockford, Ill., District
Looking at a budget shortfall of some $61 million over the next two years, the Rockford, Ill., school board may close schools, eliminate sports programs, and ask residents to raise property taxes to make ends meet.
Robert C. Johnston, January 17, 2001
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School & District Management People in the News
Debra L. Duvall was appointed in December as the new superintendent of the 73,500-student Mesa public school system, the largest district in Arizona. Ms. Duvall, 55, had been an associate superintendent in the district since 1998. Her appointment followed the resignation of Dale Frederick in November.
January 17, 2001
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Education A Full Agenda
President Clinton has addressed a wide array of education issues during his eight years in office. Here is a roundup of some of his major initiatives:
STANDARDS AND ACCOUNTABILITY: Building on earlier work by the National Governors' Association and former President George Bush, the Clinton administration proposed the Goals 2000: Educate America Act to provide grants to states to draw up and implement higher academic standards. The measure passed in 1994. Also that year, the administration succeeded in requiring states to set high standards for students in Title I programs in mathematics and reading or language arts, as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization. In 1997, Mr. Clinton proposed a new system of voluntary national tests in reading and math; that proposal died after an outpouring of criticism from Republicans and liberal Democrats in Congress.
TECHNOLOGY: In 1998, the Federal Communications Commission began awarding E-rate, or "education rate," discounts on Internet access and other telecommunications services to schools and libraries nationwide. While this program is identified more closely with Vice President Al Gore than with President Clinton, it stands as one of the administration's greatest successes. The administration also proposed a host of smaller programs, including the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, to help schools embrace new technology.
SCHOOL CHOICE: President Clinton vigorously opposed private school vouchers, but he was one of the first prominent Democrats to promote the charter school movement. He supported a provision of the 1994 ESEA reauthorization that set up a new program to help start charter schools; slightly more than 2,000 of these publicly financed but largely independent schools were operating as of late last year.
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: Passed in 1994, the School-to-Work Opportunities Act provided seed money to states and communities for programs designed to help ease the transition from school to work, especially for students who don't plan to attend college. The effort was generally deemed to be only moderately successful, and the future of this legislation, which sunsets this year, appears doubtful.
READING AND LITERACY: Mr. Clinton proposed a new program in 1997, called America Reads, that aimed to recruit 1 million volunteers to help elementary school students learn to read. Republicans countered with their own proposal, the Reading Excellence Act, which focused on teacher training and use of research-backed methods of teaching reading; that program passed in 1998. America Reads continues to tap AmeriCorps and work-study students to tutor elementary school students and is widely credited with spurring volunteer tutoring.
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: Also in 1997, Mr. Clinton addressed the issue of rundown school buildings, proposing a $5 billion, five-year program to help districts pay interest on bonds for school construction and renovation. The plan was vehemently opposed by Republican leaders in Congress, but Mr. Clinton kept pressing the issue for the next three years. Congressional appropriators agreed to a $1.2 billion program for emergency repairs and renovations in the fiscal 2001 budget.
MORE TEACHERS, SMALLER CLASSES: One of Mr. Clinton's top priorities in his second term was federal aid for hiring 100,000 new teachers to reduce class sizes in the early grades. Critics said the plan would usurp state and local authority, and they questioned whether schools could find enough qualified teacher-candidates. But the plan passed as part of last-minute budget negotiations in 1998; Republicans have since amended it to allow some money to be used for training and other purposes. To date, districts have hired 29,000 new teachers under the program.
HIGHER EDUCATION: Beginning in 1993, the Department of Education began its highly touted direct-lending program, in which students received college loans directly through their institutions instead of a loan agency or guarantor. Other initiatives that the administration succeeded in getting passed include the HOPE scholarship program, which offers federal income-tax breaks for college tuition, and the Gear Up program, which provides mentoring and scholarships to disadvantaged youths.
NATIONAL SERVICE: President Clinton came into office promising to create a "domestic Peace Corps" in which young people would receive money to attend college in exchange for performing community service. The AmeriCorps program that resulted in 1993 was smaller than Mr. Clinton had hoped, and for several years it faced stiff opposition from some Republicans in Congress. But it currently enjoys bipartisan support.
January 17, 2001
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Education Rap, Rhythm, and Rhyme
Influential educator Harriett Ball rides the teacher-training circuit, selling the idea that educators should be performers.
David Hill, January 17, 2001
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States Legislative Update
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
January 17, 2001
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School Choice & Charters Charter Schools
Too Many, Too Fast?: The Texas legislature may be headed for a showdown over the future of charter schools in the Lone Star State.
January 17, 2001
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Education Funding Broken College-Scholarship Promise Strands D.C. Students
For 63 teenagers in a hardscrabble stretch of Washington, Christmas was a time to lose a bit of their faith in humanity. A local businessman had inspired them since kindergarten, promising to pay for college. Six months shy of graduation, they learned his words were hollow: There was no money.
Catherine Gewertz, January 17, 2001
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Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
  • Police Kill Gunman on School Grounds
  • Students Tested for TB
  • Boy Sues Over Team Allegiance
  • Typo Undercuts Ad Campaign
  • L.A. Board Accused of Violation
  • N.J. Superintendent Accused
  • Drivers Charged in Fake Test
January 17, 2001
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Education The End of an Education Presidency
When President Clinton leaves office at the end of this week, the Education Department's budget will be almost 50 percent higher than when he entered the White House. During his tenure, Mr. Clinton demonstrated his extraordinary ability to focus the nation's attention on education.
Joetta L. Sack, January 17, 2001
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Education Report Roundup
  • 'Virginity' Pledges
    Have Varying Effects
  • Adolescent Sexuality
  • Juvenile Arrests
  • Drug-Use Trends
  • Working With Parents
  • After-School Programs
  • Investment in Children
  • Future Shock
  • Teen Pregnancy
January 17, 2001
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Law & Courts Court Allows Firing of Catholic-School Counselor To Stand
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear the appeal of a Montana woman who claimed she was fired from her job as a counselor at a Roman Catholic school because she was living with a man outside of marriage.
Mark Walsh, January 17, 2001
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School Climate & Safety Soaring Utility Bills Put Calif. Schools In Budgetary Bind
Many California school districts say that they likely will have to deplete budget reserves or make cuts in student programs to keep up with the soaring cost of utilities stemming from a statewide energy crisis.
Jessica L. Sandham, January 17, 2001
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Teaching Profession Take Note
He's a 'Survivor'

Apparently being just a high school teacher isn't challenging enough for Rodger Bingham.

January 17, 2001
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School & District Management N.Y. System of State Aid Thrown Out
In another demonstration that courts are focusing on the results of education spending rather than the bottom line alone, a state judge ruled last week that the way New York doles out money to its public schools is illegal and must be fixed by this coming fall.
Bess Keller, January 17, 2001
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Education More Money for Schools
Federal spending for K-12 education has increased almost 50 percent during President Clinton's tenure, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank. The share of funds devoted to Title I dropped as the federal government added new initiatives to wire classrooms to the Internet and reduce class sizes, among other priorities.
January 17, 2001
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Education Ashcroft's Record Troubles Youth Advocates
John D. Ashcroft, President-elect Bush's choice for attorney general, will face opposition from more than civil rights and abortion-rights groups at his Senate confirmation hearings scheduled for this week.
Jessica Portner, January 17, 2001
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Education Federal File
HELP for Clinton

President Clinton may be leaving office this week, but the Senate education committee hasn't seen the last of his legacy.

January 17, 2001
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Education High School Bands Join the March To Bush Inauguration
The Mighty Bull Dogs of Midland High School are coming to Washington to see that one of their own is ushered into the White House with the sweet sounds of Texas ringing in his ears.
Darcia Harris Bowman, January 17, 2001
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