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.
Alan Richard, April 18, 2001
5 min read
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.
Bess Keller, April 18, 2001
3 min read
Education State Journal

Retiring Mascots?

New York state's education commissioner, Richard P. Mills, has asked all school districts to stop using American Indian mascots "as soon as practical."
April 18, 2001
1 min read
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.
Jessica L. Sandham, April 18, 2001
3 min read
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.
Jeff Archer, April 18, 2001
3 min read
Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
  • Compton Board Barred from
    Academic Powers
  • Hispanic Fund Gets Boost
  • Race Upheld in Admissions
  • What Elementary Principals Earn
  • Media Said To Hype Violence
  • Mother Paid To Remove Son
  • Sweatshirt Prompts Lawsuit
April 18, 2001
5 min read
Teacher Preparation High Noon
The clock is ticking for a small college in southwest Texas Unless student test scores improve by summer, the state will shut down its teacher-preparation program.
Julie Blair, April 18, 2001
19 min read
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.
Robert C. Johnston, April 18, 2001
4 min read
Teacher Preparation Reporter's Notebook
  • Researchers Seek Bigger Policy Impact;
    New Journal Planned
April 18, 2001
4 min read
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.
Debra Viadero, April 18, 2001
4 min read
Education Correction
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.
April 18, 2001
1 min read
Education Take Note

On the Trail

Mush! That's what many grinning 2nd graders from the 643- student Ridge Meadows Elementary School in Wildwood, Mo., will be saying when their teacher flies to Alaska next March for the 2002 Iditarod, the world's most famous dog-sled race.
April 18, 2001
1 min read
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.
John Gehring, April 18, 2001
3 min read
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.
Robert C. Johnston, April 18, 2001
5 min read
Education Funding Leadership
Thoughts on High: In a ranch-style retreat high above the beaches of Malibu, Calif., Los Angeles' top school leaders met recently to rethink how principals should do their jobs. Their main conclusion: Principals should spend a lot more time in the classroom.
April 18, 2001
1 min read
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."
April 18, 2001
1 min read
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.*
April 18, 2001
1 min read
School & District Management RAND Finds Mixed Results For School Reform Models
A decade after New American Schools was founded to develop, test, and replicate comprehensive models for improving schools, the districts that are trying out those designs are still showing mixed results.
Debra Viadero, April 18, 2001
4 min read
Federal Education Offices Empty As Nominations Drag
Researchers and former nominees say waiting is a typical part of a cumbersome and problem-filled process for appointing high-ranking officials to federal agencies, including the Education Department. Includes "Room at the Top."
Joetta L. Sack, April 18, 2001
6 min read
Education Federal File

Call Your Mom

Character education in public schools may be an important federal education priority for President Bush. But character education begins at home.
April 18, 2001
1 min read
Education News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
  • Maryland Legislators OK Gun-Safety Education
  • Texas Reinstates Three-Year LEP Testing Exemption
  • NGA Launches 'Extra Learning' Database
  • Swift Sworn In as Massachusetts Governor
April 18, 2001
3 min read
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.
Julie Blair, April 18, 2001
3 min read
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.
Jeff Archer, April 18, 2001
3 min read
Assessment Ohio Lawmakers Differ On Funding Mechanism
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and state legislative leaders say they agree that a plan to give schools an additional $1.4 billion over two years is what's needed to mend a flawed education finance system—but they haven't agreed on how to pay for it.
Jessica L. Sandham, April 18, 2001
4 min read
Education People in the News

David Ward

David Ward has been chosen as the new president of the American Council on Education. Mr. Ward, 62, is the chancellor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.
April 18, 2001
1 min read
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.
Lynn Olson, April 18, 2001
5 min read
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."
Erik W. Robelen, April 18, 2001
7 min read
Education Gauging Public Responsibility For Public Schools
Now I'll read you a list of some things that might happen in the public schools. Tell me honestly how likely you would be to take action on behalf of the public schools if these things happened.
April 18, 2001
1 min read
Education Funding Education Gets Increases In Other Agencies
President Bush's massive budget proposal includes increases not just for Department of Education programs, but also for related services for children and families overseen by other federal agencies.
Joetta L. Sack, April 18, 2001
4 min read