April 18, 2001
Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 31
School & District Management Lack of Leadership Programs In Bush Budget Bemoaned
School leadership may be one of the top issues of the day in education, but it's nowhere to be found in President Bush's budget plan.
Education Funding Districts File Lawsuit Against Texas' School Finance System
Four Texas school districts that were forced by state law to share their tax revenue with poorer districts have challenged the education finance system in state court.
Equity & Diversity Calif. Panel Urges Safer Climate For Gay Students, Staff
California schools need to educate students and employees about the new rights and responsibilities stemming from a recent state law that prohibits discrimination and harassment against students and staff members based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, says a task force convened to recommend ways of putting the law into practice.
Teacher Preparation Harvard University To Ground Teacher Education in Urban Experience
Harvard University's graduate school of education is cutting back enrollment in its teacher-preparation program for one year, while faculty members attempt to ground it better in the practicalities of working in urban schools.
School & District Management Candidates for Los Angeles Mayor Talk Up Better Schools
The mayor of Los Angeles has no formal power to make policy for the city's public schools. But don't tell that to the two candidates who will square off in a June 5 runoff election to lead the city—or to the voters who will cast the deciding ballots.
School & District Management Philadelphia Study: Teacher Transfers Add to Educational Inequities
A study of Philadelphia schools confirms what educators have long suspected: Teacher transfers—even when they occur within the same district—can exacerbate educational inequities.
A story in the March 21, 2001, issue of Education Week ("Colleges Seeking Teacher- Educators") about the inadequate supply of teacher-educators gave an incorrect number of teacher education institutions that the Teacher Education Accreditation Council has accredited. It has reviewed and approved three.
Law & Courts Corporate Leaders Decry Emphasis on SATs
Corporate executives from Sears Roebuck and Co., Verizon Communications, Bank of America, and other high-profile companies have sent a strongly worded letter urging college and university presidents to stop overemphasizing tests such as the SAT in admissions decisions.
School & District Management 'Failing' Detroit Faces Job Cuts, Privatization
Detroit schools chief Kenneth S. Burnley has unveiled a plan restructuring the troubled district. In part, the plan calls for closing five schools, cutting up to 470 jobs, and studying the privatization of some operations involving another 3,000 positions.
Education Business Leaders Views' on Education
Asked how important the following aspects of education are to long-term success in business, both top and second-tier executives downplayed the value of standardized-test scores, according to a poll of business leaders conducted for the National Urban League. Percentages shown are of those who thought attribute was "extremely important."
Education Inside Bush's Education Budget
The president's proposed fiscal 2002 budget for the Department of Education would substantially increase spending for some programs, while freezing, cutting, or eliminating others. Below are highlights from the discretionary- spending totals Mr. Bush is requesting, compared with the current program levels.*
Teaching Profession Statewide Teachers', Professors' Strike Continues in Hawaii
Nearly all of Hawaii's 256 public schools and 10 college campuses remained closed late last week, eight days after the state's 16,000 teachers and professors began a statewide strike deemed to be the nation's most far-reaching in public education to date.
Education New Mexico's Gov. Johnson Vetoes Omnibus Education Package
Gov. Gary E. Johnson of New Mexico has vetoed a wide-ranging bill that would have revamped his state's teacher-licensure system and put more decisionmaking power in the hands of local schools.
School & District Management Researchers Identify the Impact Of N.J. Testing on Teaching
Both sides in the debate over whether state tests help or harm the quality of classroom teaching can draw support from a study presented here last week.
Education Funding Bush's Growing Education Budget Has Winners, Losers
President Bush's proposed $2.5 billion increase for the Department of Education reflects the new president's education agenda. Includes "Education Gets Increases in Other Agencies," and a table "Inside Bush's Education Budget."