February 14, 2001

Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 22
Education Events
February 2001 | March 2001
** marks events that have not appeared in a previous issue of Education Week.
February 14, 2001
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Education Funding State Journal
A Question of Fairness

Rep. Joe Balyeat is no fan of Montana's system for financing its schools. So the Republican state lawmaker has decided to get right to what he views as the root of the problem: the state constitution's guarantee of an "equal educational opportunity for every person."

February 14, 2001
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States Alaska Schools Need More Money To Meet Standards, Panel Finds
Alaska needs to spend $100 million over the next five years—including $42.4 million in the coming fiscal year alone—to help students reach new academic standards mandated by the state's accountability law, a governor's task force says.
Alan Richard, February 14, 2001
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Education Funding Clark Foundation Shifts Focus, Pulls Out of Education
After three decades as a philanthropic pioneer in systemic school reform, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation will phase out its work in public schools, citing the difficulty of trying to forge improvements in a system resistant to change.
Catherine Gewertz, February 14, 2001
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Education Recruitment Pinch Fuels Global Trade In K-12 Teachers
The dearth of U.S. educators in some specialty areas—and a shortage of those willing to work in urban schools—is helping to create a growing global market for teachers.
Jeff Archer, February 14, 2001
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Education Other Teachers Experiencing Antarctica
Following are sketches of the other six U.S. teachers taking part in the Antarctica program this research season. Included are brief descriptions of the projects they worked on and excerpts from their journals, posted on the program's Web site,tea.rice.edu/.
February 14, 2001
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Education Honors & Awards
The Association for Career and Technical Education, based in Alexandria, Va., announced several teachers' awards at the ACTE convention last month. Those recognized and their awards are as follows:
February 14, 2001
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Education Colorado Leaders Clash Over How To Spend Extra Money
Colorado voters were in a generous mood last November, approving a state constitutional amendment that guaranteed a significant jump in spending on public schools over the next 10 years.
Mark Walsh, February 14, 2001
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School Choice & Charters Charter Schools
Under Fire: The San Francisco school board is poised to give Edison Schools Inc. the boot.
February 14, 2001
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Assessment ETS To End Extra-Time Notations For Disabled
In a groundbreaking decision, the Educational Testing Service announced last week that students with disabilities who receive extra time to take its graduate-admissions tests will no longer have such accommodations noted on the scores sent to colleges and universities.
Lynn Olson, February 14, 2001
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Education Testing
School Ratings:
February 14, 2001
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School & District Management Districts Said To Lack 'Enlightened' Leaders
School district leaders should get paid more and receive more training if they're going to keep pace with ever-increasing demands, a report argues.
Mark Stricherz, February 14, 2001
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School Climate & Safety Portable Cafeteria Table Topples, Killing Phila. Boy
Philadelphia public school officials ordered the inspection of thousands of portable cafeteria tables last week, after one of the fold-up tables toppled over and crushed a 5-year-old boy.
Scott W. Wright, February 14, 2001
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Law & Courts Newark Sues State, District Over Losses
In what is believed to be the first lawsuit of its kind involving a state takeover of a district, the city of Newark, N.J., has taken its state-run public school system to court, alleging financial mismanagement.
Karla Scoon Reid, February 14, 2001
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Education Off to a Quick Start
Secretary of Education Rod Paige earned his doctorate in physical education from Indiana University in 1969. His 123-page dissertation was titled "The Effect of Pre-Foreperiod Preparation and Foreperiod Duration Upon the Response Time of Football Linemen."
February 14, 2001
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Education Funding State Budget Woes Hit Schools In Deep South
As leaders in a growing number of states scramble to cut their budgets in the face of declining tax revenues, schools in at least two states—Alabama and Mississippi—are already feeling the pinch.
Jessica L. Sandham, February 14, 2001
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Curriculum About This Series
This is the second installment of a three-part series about Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic, a program run by the National Science Foundation.
February 14, 2001
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Education Corrections
A story about U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige in the Feb. 7, 2001, issue of Education Week ("Urban Leaders See Paige as 'Our Own'") mischaracterized the position of some urban districts toward President Clinton's 1997 proposal for national tests. According to the Council of the Great City Schools, 15 urban districts agreed to participate.
February 14, 2001
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Infrastructure Teacher-Training Programs Turn To Cyberspace
A growing number of prospective and practicing educators are logging on to computers to earn teaching credentials or bachelor's and master's degrees in a field that ordinarily prizes face-to-face interaction.
Julie Blair, February 14, 2001
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Education A Paper for Every Position
Here's what some prominent think tanks and education groups are recommending to President Bush and the new Congress:
February 14, 2001
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Federal Watchdog Agency Faults Ed. Dept. For Financial Mismanagement
The Department of Education has grossly mismanaged its financial systems and caused a substantial risk of undermining its mission, according to an independent federal watchdog agency.
Erik W. Robelen, February 14, 2001
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States N.H. Governor Proposes Sales Tax To Pay for Schools
Breaking with tradition, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has proposed the state's first sales tax as a way to solve its long-running problems over how to pay for schools.
Debra Viadero, February 14, 2001
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Education Take Note
Electronic Travels

When John Street decided to send an e-mail message to 25 people about a year ago, he had no idea what he was in for.

February 14, 2001
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Education Federal File
Snuffing Out Drugs
In his first interview since his Feb. 1 confirmation, Attorney General John Ashcroft said he plans to make curbing drug use among youths one of his top three priorities.
February 14, 2001
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Federal Low-Performing Schools Lack Help, Study Says
Schools identified as low-performing under the federal Title I program are unlikely to get the help they need, a report concludes, despite a legal requirement that states and districts provide them with assistance.
Lynn Olson, February 14, 2001
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Education No Lack of Policy Advice For New President, Congress
While President Bush already has some clear ideas about federal education policy, it hasn't deterred an onslaught of advice for him and his congressional counterparts. Includes "A Paper for Every Position."
Erik W. Robelen, February 14, 2001
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Student Achievement Reporter's Notebook
  • Researchers Probe Achievement Gap
Karla Scoon Reid, February 14, 2001
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School Choice & Charters Voucher Advocates Fret Over Bush Stance
Advocates for school choice who gathered just blocks from the White House last week expressed their growing frustration with a Republican White House that appears to be wavering in its support for their cause.
Darcia Harris Bowman, February 14, 2001
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Assessment Ore. Special-Needs Students To Get Testing Assistance
The settlement of a landmark class action in Oregon will allow students with learning disabilities to use electronic spell-check, dictation machines, and other forms of assistance deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis to take statewide tests.
Lisa Fine, February 14, 2001
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