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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.