January 30, 2002
Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 20
Student Achievement School Gains Incomplete, Industry Report Finds
A report from the nation's information-technology industry pats educators on the back for raising student achievement and the availability of classroom technology over the past decade, but suggests there is much more work to be done to prepare the nation's future workforce.
Ed-Tech Policy Writing Takes a Digital Turn For Special-Needs Students
Many educators and parents have concluded that the increasingly popular keyboard device called an "AlphaSmart" is a mixed blessing.
Selected stories from Feb. 2, 1982: The Supreme Court upholds a ruling banning voluntary prayer in public schools; Philadelphia ousts its superintendent; a mother who kept her children out of school is jailed; a study finds that children who watch a great deal of T.V. do worse in reading; and more.
Law & Courts Supreme Court Declines to Accept 'Zero Tolerance' Case
The U.S. Supreme Court last week passed up a chance to review whether school "zero tolerance" discipline policies are so harsh that they violate the constitutional rights of students.
School & District Management Experts Debate Effect Of Whole-School Reform
Are whole-school-reform models meeting the high expectations of lawmakers and educators? That depends on who's doing the evaluating and which whole-school experiments they're looking at, according to a panel brought here last week by the Brookings Institution.
Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
- Teacher Pension Funds Tally Enron
- Mo. Accreditation Review Team Visits
Kansas City District
- Iowa District Had Legal Right
To Fire Teacher, Judge Rules
- Ohio Mother Ordered to Repay Tuition
For Illegal Enrollment
- Minority Residents Decry Plan to End Busing
- W.Va. Principal's Pet Terrier
Attacks Student at School
- Bus Driver Faces Kidnapping Charges
Equity & Diversity Gay-Rights Groups Draft Guide To Laws on Harassment
Two national groups hoping to make schools safe from harassment and discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students have teamed up to produce a guidebook that describes which types of state laws and policies best meet that mission.
Education An 'Earmark' Sampler
The hundreds of congressional "earmarks" in the fiscal 2002 budget for the Department of Education cover a wide range of projects and programs. They are scattered across the country, and together total about $440 million, according to the department. Supporters defend such allocations as being tailored to legitimate needs; opponents dismiss them as "pork" secured without public scrutiny by well-placed lawmakers. Below is just a sampling.
Federal Spending Plan for 2002 Laden With 'Earmarks'
Hundreds of specific appropriations detailed in page after page of the conference-committee report accompanying the Education Department's 2002 spending bill reflect a growing trend of congressional "earmarks" in the education budget and overall federal budget. Includes, "Final Fiscal 2001 and Fiscal 2002 Appropriations."
Assessment Budget Makes NAEP Testing Possible for 5 Urban Districts
A sample of students in five urban districts—Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City—were scheduled to take part in a federal testing program this week, as a result of a little-noticed provision in the fiscal 2002 budget Congress approved.
Equity & Diversity Charlotte Families Rush To Pick Their Schools For First Time
As three decades of court-ordered desegregation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., schools wind down, a new era of choice has begun with a bang. Nearly every family in the district is clamoring for a chance they have never had before: the chance to select which schools their children attend.
Education National Board Is Pressed To Prove Certified Teachers Make Difference
Since 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has reaped more than $109 million in federal money to design the assessments it uses to identify highly skilled teachers. Meanwhile, 33 states and some 280 school districts have invested in financial incentives to encourage teachers to seek the group's seal of approval. Now, the question is being asked: What difference does the board make?
A state policy update on Mississippi in Education Week's special report Quality Counts 2002: Building Blocks for Success, published as the Jan. 10 issue, provided incorrect information about a study of child-care programs. The Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University conducted a study on the quality of selected child-care programs that received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grants to make quality improvements. A second study, conducted by the Civitan International Research Center's Regional Early Childhood Team, examined well-being indicators for children in child-care programs in selected counties.
Classroom Technology Student Misuse of School Laptops Forces District to Tighten Access
Alleged student computer hacking and pornographic Web site viewing in the Henrico County, Va., schools have led officials there to tighten security and access to students' district-provided laptop computers.
Education Funding Districts Hard Hit By Escalating Costs Of Health Coverage
Finding affordable health insurance for the 475 employees of the Dripping Springs school district in Texas has been a fruitless task for Superintendent Mary Ward.
Teaching Profession Gen-Xers Apathetic About Union Label
Leaders of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are aiming to overhaul the way they do business in an attempt to make their institutions more meaningful to younger teachers. Includes "Minneapolis Labor Leaders Mold a Different Kind of Union."