February 7, 2001

Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 21
Federal Key House Democrat Offers $110 Billion Education Plan
One week after President Bush and a group of centrist Democrats offered their plans for improving the nation's schools, a leading House Democrat upped the ante by proposing to increase federal spending on K-12 education by $110 billion over five years.
Erik W. Robelen, February 7, 2001
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School Choice & Charters Most Conservatives Are Backing the President—for Now
When Sen. Edward M. Kennedy stepped out of a recent White House meeting and raved about President Bush's education plan, it raised a provocative question: If an unabashed liberal likes so many elements of the proposal, why aren't conservatives complaining?
Erik W. Robelen, February 7, 2001
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School & District Management Where To Find Out More About Dropouts
Some of the newer studies on dropouts and on students earning General Educational Development certificates include:
February 7, 2001
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Student Well-Being Bush Eyes After-School Role For Faith Groups
Religious groups would be able to seek federal funding for after-school programs under President Bush's initiative for encouraging the involvement of "faith-based" organizations in addressing the nation's social problems.
Mark Walsh, February 7, 2001
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Education A Washington Roundup
  • House Ed. Panel To Reorganize,
    Drop Oversight Subcommittee
  • Ashcroft, Chao Win Senate Confirmation
February 7, 2001
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States States Revisit Plans for Helping Failing Schools
When President Bush recently unveiled an accountability plan for low-performing schools that could lead to federal aid for education vouchers, he told a group of lawmakers: "If somebody has got a better idea, I hope they bring it forward."
Jessica L. Sandham, February 7, 2001
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Education Report Roundup
  • ‘Empowering’ Use of Technology in Schools
  • Youth-Violence Trends
  • Children's Computer Skills
  • No Longer No. 1
  • Milwaukee Disparities
  • What Children Need
  • Road Maps for Reform
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Black Girls and Science
  • Saying No to Sex
February 7, 2001
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Education Who Counts as a Dropout?
High school completion rates vary depending on how the term is defined. The blue line below includes 18- to 24-year-olds with high school diplomas as well as alternatives such as the GED certificate. The yellow line counts only those with diplomas.
February 7, 2001
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Education Federal File
The Busy Life of Riley

Richard W. Riley's friends have a running joke that the former secretary of education doesn't know the meaning of the word "retirement."

February 7, 2001
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States A State Capitals Roundup
  • Md. Reaches Deal on Giving More
    To Baltimore Schools
  • Bill on National Motto Debated in Va.
  • Ariz. Releases Test Questions
February 7, 2001
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Education Funding Legislative Update
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • South Carolina
February 7, 2001
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Equity & Diversity State Journal
Foreign Currency

Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida has suggested that wealthy foreigners who come to soak up the rays in the Sunshine State ought to pack tuition money along with their sunscreen.

Gov. Jeb Bush

February 7, 2001
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College & Workforce Readiness Princeton Switches Student Aid From Loans to Grants
Princeton University, in an aggressive effort to help students avoid the crushing debt load they often face after graduating from college, has revamped its financial-aid programs to eliminate loans and replace them entirely with grants.
John Gehring, February 7, 2001
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Education Corrections
An article about student activism in the Jan. 17, 2001, issue of Education Week ("Student Activists Raise Voices To Upgrade Schools") incorrectly identified the Philadelphia high school that is near a tunnel that received lighting because of student lobbying efforts. The correct school is Edison High School.
February 7, 2001
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States Pressure Mounts for Overhauling Finance Systems
As the 2001 legislative sessions gather steam, experts say that some states have never been more primed for school finance reform than right now.
Bess Keller, February 7, 2001
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School & District Management Urban Leaders See Paige As 'Our Own'
Urban educators are hopeful that Education Secretary Rod Paige, the former Houston superintendent and school board member, will champion their causes even as he helps lead the charge for President Bush's own extensive set of K-12 proposals.
Robert C. Johnston, February 7, 2001
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Teaching Profession Businesses Seek Teacher 'Renaissance'
Calling for "a renaissance in teaching," a coalition of national business groups pledged last week to put as much energy into a new campaign to improve teacher quality as corporate leaders have put behind the movement to raise academic standards.
Jeff Archer, February 7, 2001
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Teaching Profession Utah Eyes Ban on Payroll Deductions For Political Giving
The Utah House approved a measure last week that labor groups say would make it harder for them to raise money for their political activities, a move that teachers' union leaders contend is retribution for a statewide teacher strike last fall.
Jeff Archer, February 7, 2001
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Education Hiring Process Can be 'Brutal' For Federal Appointees
A help-wanted ad for the new Bush administration could read something like this: Now hiring 7,000 well-qualified people for relatively low-paying, high- stress political jobs with long hours and little job security.
Joetta L. Sack, February 7, 2001
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Professional Development Financial Difficulties Force Foxfire To Reduce Outreach
The Foxfire Fund, the Georgia-based group that pioneered an active-learning method emulated by teachers nationwide, has been forced to downsize its operation because it has fallen on hard financial times.
Catherine Gewertz, February 7, 2001
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Student Achievement Health Update
  • Report Says Anti-Drug Television Ads Work
  • Birthweight and Academic Performance
February 7, 2001
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Assessment Universities Seek 'Seamless' Link With K-12
College administrators, freshman instructors, and other faculty members from the University of Oregon gathered last week for the first in a series of national meetings to examine the connection between the skills needed to succeed in college and K-12 academic standards and tests.
Lynn Olson, February 7, 2001
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Education Urban Education
February 7, 2001
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Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
  • Boy Scouts Drop Units Opposed to Gay Policy
  • Mother Charged With Assault
  • Principal Falsifies Grades
  • Board Sticks to Teacher Rebuke
  • D.A. To Probe School Fight
  • Man Poses as Student
February 7, 2001
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Education Take Note
Protective Moves
That's what Emily Ladendorf and Chandra Dudley decided after learning all about the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.
February 7, 2001
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Teaching Profession Investments in Teacher Quality
Four national business organizations have launched a campaign to improve teacher quality through a comprehensive plan to change the way teachers are trained, paid, and supported. Among the groups' proposals are:
February 7, 2001
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Standards People in the News
Vanessa Dea, February 7, 2001
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School & District Management More Students Avoiding Smaller 'Special' Buses
For the first time since the government guaranteed a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities in 1975, school districts have started using innovative methods to conquer what some call the final frontier for "inclusion": the bus ride.
Lisa Fine, February 7, 2001
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States State of the States 2001: Michigan, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Wisconsin
Heeding the call of President Bush, Gov. John Engler of Michigan urged state lawmakers last week to extend the state’s new annual testing requirement to the middle grades.
February 7, 2001
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