June 13, 2001
Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 40
Education Administration Eyes New Rules For Blue Ribbon Schools
The popular National Blue Ribbon Schools program run by the Department of Education will survive in its present form—but maybe for just another year.
Markets Houghton Mifflin Acquisition Extends Industry Trend
Mark Twain, meet Eminem and the Mummy. Houghton Mifflin Co., one of the nation's oldest independent trade and educational book publishers, is being acquired by Vivendi Universal SA, a French media conglomerate with major interests in movies, publishing, video games, and music.
Budget & Finance 'Free Market' in Pa. District Wanes As Edison Buys Rival Company
With three different companies running its 10 schools, the Chester-Upland district was supposed to be Pennsylvania's one-of-a-kind laboratory for free-market competition in education.
School Climate & Safety Town and Country
Urban and rural communities across the country have gone to court in search of more help from their states in constructing and upgrading schools. A look at schools in Alaska and New Jersey shows why. The second of three parts. Includes:
School & District Management At Delta State U., Principals Find Focus
Thanks to a determined educational administration program at Delta State University, principals in the impoverished Mississippi Delta area are learning to tackle their jobs with better preparation, stronger skills, and greater inspiration.
States Urban Renewal
At the ripe old age of 106, Hawthorne Elementary School is a fitting symbol of the widespread deterioration of this city's public schools.
|Over the next decade, Newark plans to build 45 new schools and renovate all 30 others. Some see an urban renaissance. Others fear that hopes are too high.|
Teaching Profession N.Y.C. Principals' Union Takes Issue With Bonus Plan
Only days after New York City officials announced a merit-pay plan for top school leaders, the administrators' union is threatening to sue to stop part of it from taking effect.
School & District Management Out-of-School Influences On Learning Debated
Sociologist James S. Coleman ignited a national debate in 1966 when he issued a landmark study concluding that differences in children's academic achievement had more to do with background characteristics, such as family wealth, than with anything that went on in schools.
Education People in the News
The Education Commission of the States has hired Dewayne A. Matthews, the former director of programs and services for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, to be the organization's vice president for state services. Beginning this month, Mr. Matthews, 50, will coordinate efforts by the ecs to provide services and products to state education officials.