January 24, 2001
Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 19
Education Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Two Civil Rights Cases
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in two cases that do not directly involve education but have potentially significant implications for the application of two federal civil rights laws to schools.
Early Childhood Clinton's 'Early-Learning Fund' Quietly Becomes Reality
A little known "early-learning fund"—something that President Clinton proposed three years ago to help local child-care and early-childhood-education providers improve their services—is finally going to make it into the hands of those who need it.
Equity & Diversity Study: Dearth of Programs For Older Immigrant Students
Programs designed especially for students who know little or no English are concentrated at the elementary level, even though secondary schools enroll a greater proportion of such students, according to a new study. Includes the chart, "Special Instruction For Limited-English Students."
Social Studies Student Sleuths Tracking Down 'Whodunit' To Crack Core Subjects
Wearing safety goggles and testing the pH of unidentified powders, Jocelyn Crosby's forensic-science class at the Genesis II School here is at work on its final project: A millionaire has been "murdered," and the class has been charged with finding the fiend who committed the crime.
Standards Education Alliance Calls for Corrections To Standards-Based Systems
A coalition of nearly a dozen national education groups called last week for a set of "midcourse corrections" that it believes are necessary for the promise of standards-based education to be fulfilled for all students.
School Climate & Safety Wis. Class-Size Study Yields Advice On Teachers' Methods
New findings on a state initiative in Wisconsin suggest that to make the most out of smaller class sizes in the early grades, teachers should focus on basic skills when they have one-on-one contact with students, ask children to discuss and demonstrate what they know, and have a firm, but nurturing, approach to classroom management.
Education Funding New York To Appeal Order Overturning Its System of Paying for Public Schools
Gov. George E. Pataki of New York has announced that he will appeal a court ruling that declared the state's method of doling out school aid unconstitutional.
States Calif. Test-Based Bonus Plan Gets Off to Rocky Start
Halfway through the school year, money from California's new $667 million test-based awards program hasn't yet made it into either school budgets or educators' bank accounts.
Curriculum Middle School Science Texts Full of Errors, Review Finds
Science textbooks used by an estimated 80 percent of middle school students nationwide are riddled with errors, a new study concludes.
Early Childhood Study: Early Head Start Raises Parenting Skills, Children's Learning
Early Head Start, which provides federally financed child-development services for low-income infants and toddlers, is benefiting parents as well as children, a study concludes.
Federal Political Appointees Bid Farewell To Education Department
The final days before the Clinton administration officially handed over the reins of the federal government to the Bush-Cheney team were bittersweet for 180-some appointees at the Education Department.
Special Education Internet Tycoon Gives $250 Million For Cognitive-Disabilities Project
A California couple has promised to donate $250 million to the University of Colorado to create a center for research on technological advances that will help people with cognitive disabilities.
Teaching Profession Top Oakland Administrators To Receive Bonuses Tied to Test Scores
The superintendent of the Oakland, Calif., schools continues to shake up the 54,000-student district.