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.
Mark Walsh, January 24, 2001
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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.
Linda Jacobson, January 24, 2001
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Equity & Diversity Ashcroft's Desegregation Record Questioned
School desegregation emerged as a prominent theme during last week's often-rancorous Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the selection of former Sen. John D. Ashcroft as attorney general.
Jessica Portner, January 24, 2001
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English-Language Learners Arizona Grapples With Bilingual Ed. Changes
More than two months after Arizona voters passed a law to curb bilingual education, crucial questions on how to implement the measure remain unanswered, leaving confused school district officials scrambling to comply.
Mary Ann Zehr, January 24, 2001
6 min read
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."
Mary Ann Zehr, January 24, 2001
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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.
Michelle Galley, January 24, 2001
8 min read
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.
Lynn Olson, January 24, 2001
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Education Internet-Style Teacher Guidance
Below are excerpts of e-mail conversations between Betty Vail, a physics teacher for Florida's online high school, and some of her students.
January 24, 2001
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Education Regula To Chair Key Appropriations Panel
A former educator and 15-term House member is taking the helm of the House Appropriations Committee panel that oversees the Department of Education's budget.
Erik W. Robelen, January 24, 2001
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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.
Linda Jacobson, January 24, 2001
3 min read
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.
Bess Keller, January 24, 2001
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Education Dot-Com Doldrums
Company Services Difficulties/
January 24, 2001
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Education Special Instruction For Limited-English Students
The percentage of children in programs for students with limited English proficiency dwindles significantly in second- and third-generation immigrant families.
January 24, 2001
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Infrastructure Online Education Companies Clicking On Hard Times
The overall downturn in the Internet sector, which began last spring, hasn't spared the dozens of education Web businesses that were just getting off the ground. Includes the table, "Dot-Com Doldrums."
Mark Walsh, January 24, 2001
6 min read
School & District Management U.S. Urged To Rethink High School
For too many graduating seniors, the final year of high school is a "lost opportunity" that needs to be reclaimed, a national commission concludes in its first public report.
Debra Viadero, January 24, 2001
6 min read
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.
Jessica L. Sandham, January 24, 2001
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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.
Michelle Galley, January 24, 2001
2 min read
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.
Linda Jacobson, January 24, 2001
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Education News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
  • Commission To Examine Funding Disparities
  • Clinton Announces Efforts To Reduce Youth Violence
  • Honoring a King
January 24, 2001
2 min read
Education Federal File
No. 1 for Title I
January 24, 2001
1 min read
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.
Joetta L. Sack, January 24, 2001
4 min read
Student Achievement State Journal
Ready or not?
January 24, 2001
1 min read
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.
Catherine Gewertz, January 24, 2001
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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.
Mark Stricherz, January 24, 2001
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Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
  • Full Appellate Court To Hear
    Charlotte Case
  • N.J. Gym Teacher Charged
  • Superintendent Serves Jail Time
  • Parents Position for Recall
  • Sub Barred for Cleaning Gun
  • Head Start Test for TB
  • Parents Buy Tesseract Schools
  • Deaths
January 24, 2001
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College & Workforce Readiness Dropout Studies Target 'Pockets of Problems'
A decade after state and federal leaders made lowering dropout rates a national goal, it appears that little progress has been made, a series of new reports suggests. Includes the table "Attrition in City High Schools."
Robert C. Johnston, January 24, 2001
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Education Take Note
In the Running
January 24, 2001
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Education Attrition in City High Schools
January 24, 2001
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Education People in the News
Michael LeFlore was named the Afterschool Hero of the Year last week by the Afterschool Alliance and American Isuzu Motors Inc.
January 24, 2001
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