December 12, 2001
Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 15
College & Workforce Readiness Threatened Texas College Preserves Its Right to Prepare Teachers
Tiny Rio Grande College in Uvalde, Texas, has retained its right to recommend prospective teachers for certification, after the state threatened to strip the institution of the privilege.
Law & Courts FBI Ends Corruption Probe That Plagued Dallas District
The FBI has ended its 4½-year investigation of alleged fraud and corruption in the Dallas school district, a move that district leaders say lifts a cloud of suspicion as they attempt to gain voter approval for a hefty bond proposal.
Curriculum Children Write Operas, Design Instruments on Music Web Site
The popular children's television show "Sesame Street" recently unveiled a Web-based music education program in which the Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and other characters help teach young children such concepts as rhythm and melody.
Meeting District Needs Report Finds Progress In Baltimore-State Partnership
Baltimore schools have improved significantly under a partnership with the state of Maryland, an independent consultant's report has found, but the system still has much work to do before its students are performing on par with their peers throughout the state.
Education State Journal
'I'm Stupid?'Students have boycotted them. Others lose sleep and bite their nails before going to battle armed only with their No. 2 pencils. But some high school students in Massachusetts have turned their anxiety and anger about the state's high-stakes exams into protest art.
School & District Management Finances at Issue in Delay Of Phila. Schools Takeover
Pennsylvania's governor and Philadelphia's mayor have delayed until Dec. 21 the impending state takeover of the city's schools in an attempt to make more cordial and cooperative a shift of power that many Philadelphians already view as an unfriendly intrusion.
The Reagan administration says that education begins in the home; bilingual educators are alarmed and puzzled by government reports saying bilingual education is ineffective; the RAND Corp. says school systems operating more than one federal education program may experience conflicts; researchers worry that the Soviets are ahead in science education; and there are no schools in Christmas. ...
Teaching Boston Schools Stress Community- Service, Career-Related Themes
While many schools around the country try to make learning more concrete for their students, or require them to serve the community, service learning has become embedded in the academic culture of the 63,000-student Boston school district.
Education Writing to the Test
As part of the writing test that California administered last spring, 4th graders were asked to read a brief passage about frogs and toads and were then given 30 minutes to write about the differences between the two amphibians. The following shows a response that earned a 3 on a 4- point scale, and the reasoning for the score.
Education ESEA Highlights
Here are some key provisions of the bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now being put in final form by members of Congress. These highlights are based on a summary provided by the staff of the Republican majority on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. As of last week, Democratic and Republican leaders said the core of the bill was largely complete, with the exception of special education funding. Some of the agreements, however, had not been ratified by the full House-Senate conference committee working on the bill.
Dec. 20—Career education: Applications are due for the annual awards of the American Association for Career Education. Awards are available in 16 categories for innovation in practices, programs or publications for career education. Contact: Pat Nellor Wickwire, President, AACE, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254- 2216; (310) 376-7378; fax: (310) 376-2926.
School Climate & Safety Pen Pal Effort With Muslim Children Overseas Takes Off
The pupils at Mott Hall Elementary School in Harlem wonder whether their overseas peers might hate them just because they are American. Others want to know how the daily lives of students in the Islamic world differ from their own. Now, to find out the answers, all they have to do is ask their electronic pen pals in Egypt.
Education Funding Swift Work Helps Get Massachusetts a Budget
Five months into the fiscal year, exhausted Massachusetts lawmakers have completed all but a small piece of the state's fiscal 2002 budget. The document, which was approved in an emergency legislative session Nov. 21, largely protects K-12 education spending, despite a slumping state economy.
School & District Management RAND Study Balances the Debate On School Choice
A major review of scholarly research on private school vouchers and charter schools released last week concludes that there are no clear answers yet about whether they are an effective alternative to the traditional public school system.
Education Funding Budget Problems Force Big Layoffs In Buffalo Schools
While the Buffalo teachers slated to be affected by budget cuts work to make peace with their pink slips—preparing their students for good-byes, or talking with recruiters from other districts—school officials and Buffalo citizens aren't swallowing the staff layoffs and cuts in programs without a fight.
Education New Baldrige Award in Education Honors Alaska, New York Districts
Two school districts and a university were named last week as the first education winners in the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award competition.