December 12, 2001

Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 15
School Climate & Safety Banking on Recovery
Displaced from their home in New York's financial district, teachers and students at the High School of Economics and Finance remain focused on their mission.
Jessica L. Sandham, December 12, 2001
14 min read
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.
Julie Blair, December 12, 2001
3 min read
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.
Tom Kim, December 12, 2001
2 min read
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.
Rhea R. Borja, December 12, 2001
2 min read
Education Party Lines
Once again, lawmakers in Texas seem ready to challenge the state school board's role as the manager of investments for a $19 billion public education trust fund that provides aid to school districts statewide.
Bess Keller, December 12, 2001
1 min read
Teaching Profession Denver Pay Plan Offers Lessons, Review Says
Some said it would devastate working relationships between teachers. It hasn't. Others hoped it would dramatically raise student performance. Not so far.
Jeff Archer, December 12, 2001
5 min read
Teaching Profession End of Strike Opens Jail Cells For N.J. Teachers
Teachers and secretaries on strike in a New Jersey district were summoned to court and given a choice of returning to work or going to jail. In all, 228 had been put behind bars by the end of last week.
Jeff Archer, December 12, 2001
4 min read
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.
Catherine Gewertz, December 12, 2001
2 min read
Education Events
** marks events that have not appeared in a previous issue of Education Week.
December 12, 2001
12 min read
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.
December 12, 2001
1 min read
Education News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
  • Arizona Reports Scoring Errors
    On State Exams
  • New Georgia Report Card
    Goes Online With More Data
  • Illinois Construction Fund
    Shrinks; Crisis Looms
  • Hawaii Spec. Ed. System
    Avoids Federal Takeover
December 12, 2001
3 min read
Education Capitol Recap
  • Michigan
December 12, 2001
3 min read
Education Colleges

Visa Scrutiny

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, federal lawmakers have put the system of granting visas to foreign students under intense scrutiny.
December 12, 2001
2 min read
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.
Catherine Gewertz, December 12, 2001
3 min read
Education Funding Leadership Grants Find Plenty of New Takers
Until this fall, the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition had never before trained school principals. But that changed when the organization won a $42,000 grant from the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds.
Mark Stricherz, December 12, 2001
3 min read
Education Retrospective
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. ...
December 12, 2001
1 min read
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.
John Gehring, December 12, 2001
4 min read
Special Education ESEA Passage Awaits a Deal On Spending
Nearly a year after President Bush announced his plan to revamp the federal role in K-12 education, Congress appears on the cusp of delivering a final bill to the Oval Office. Includes the table, "ESEA Highlights."
Erik W. Robelen, December 12, 2001
8 min read
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.
December 12, 2001
1 min read
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.
December 12, 2001
2 min read
Education New in Print

Child Care

  • The Four-Thirds Solution
    by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., with Jacqueline Salmon (Perseus Publishing, 11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142; 260 pp., $26 hardcover).
December 12, 2001
3 min read
Education Deadlines
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.
December 12, 2001
6 min read
Federal Ed. Dept. Advised to Bolster 'Seal of Approval'
A new report calls for fixing—but not abandoning—the Department of Education's process for designating "exemplary" and "promising" educational programs.
Debra Viadero, December 12, 2001
3 min read
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.
Lisa Fine, December 12, 2001
3 min read
Education Federal File

Hearings Impaired

In June, the White House made the long-awaited announcement of President Bush's choice for the nation's top civil rights official for education.
December 12, 2001
1 min read
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.
John Gehring, December 12, 2001
4 min read
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.
Mark Walsh, December 12, 2001
7 min read
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.
Jessica L. Sandham, December 12, 2001
5 min read
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.
Rhea R. Borja, December 12, 2001
2 min read