May 1, 2002
Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 33
Federal Senate Panel Examines Ed. Department Efforts To Enforce New ESEA
If a Senate committee hearing last week was any indication, the congressional authors of the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001 will be keeping close tabs on the Department of Education's efforts to translate the law into practice.
States Gov. Dean Questions Wisdom Of Accepting ESEA Money
Giving voice to mounting frustration among state officials, the governor of Vermont says it might make sense for his state to reject $26 million in federal money rather than comply with the new education law President Bush engineered.
School & District Management Top Contenders Withdraw From Portland Search
Four finalists in the search for a Portland, Ore., schools superintendent have bowed out of consideration, triggering a new round in the search for a leader and a host of questions about how the district lost all four nationally prominent candidates.
Education Bill Seeks Timely Supply Of Textbooks for Visually Impaired
A bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., on April 24 aims to speed up the way students with visual impairments receive instructional materials.
Education Environmental Guidelines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released voluntary guidelines and set up a Web site, www.epa.gov/iaq/schools, to help schools become more aware of daily cleaning and maintenance practices that could harm air quality in schools. Below is a partial list of the recommendations. The full list of guidelines is available at the Web site.
Education Pell Grant Growth
Pell Grants were established in 1972 by Congress as the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant program and took effect a year later. The grants were created to help low-income students pay the costs of postsecondary education. Many experts in student aid, however, say the amount of the awards has failed to keep pace with the rising costs of college. Adjusting the $1,400 maximum award in 1975 for inflation, the maximum grant's value fell from $4,205 to $3,300 in 2000-01, according to a study by the American Council on Education.The following table shows how participation in the program, and the amount of money the federal government has devoted to it, have grown over time:
Law & Courts Back in Court, Sheff Plaintiffs Say Conn. Integration Lacking
Nearly six years after Connecticut's landmark desegregation order, the group that initiated the lawsuit that led to the ruling is asking the courts to step in again—this time with a plan of its own that proposes how state leaders should carry out the mandate.
Teacher Preparation Texas College to Require Education Students to Buy Laptops
Prospective teachers training at the University of Texas at Austin will be required to purchase Apple laptop computers next fall for use in their education classes and student-teaching assignments.
School & District Management S.D. District Sued Over At-Large Election System
Several members of an American Indian tribe in rural South Dakota are suing the local school district in federal court, claiming its method for electing board members discriminates against Native Americans by weakening their voting power.
College & Workforce Readiness Lawmakers, White House At Odds Over Pell Grant Hike
The Pell Grants financial-aid plan has paid tuition, defrayed the financial hit from room and board, and helped millions of college students cover costs they couldn't on their own. But their popularity has carried a price.
A photograph of a Lego robot that appeared on Page 35 of the April 24, 2002, issue of Education Week as part of a story on "microdevelopment" research ("Research: Under the Microscope"), should have noted that the photo was published courtesy of professor Nira Granott of the University of Texas at Dallas, and was used in research she conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
College & Workforce Readiness Scoring Backlogs, Paperwork Problems Accompany New GED
Revisions to the General Educational Development certificate that took effect earlier this year have caused headaches for testing officials from several states as they struggle to implement the changes to the high school equivalency program.
In the constantly shifting, highly verbal world of public education, parents are at a distinct disadvantage. As soon as your child enters kindergarten, you recognize that the people in the school buildings speak a different language. One that you'd better learn quickly, warns Daniel Wolff.
Equity & Diversity N.H. Court: Accountability A Constitutional Duty
New Hampshire's highest court, in a decision that school finance experts around the country will likely be studying in the coming months, has ruled that the Granite State is not doing enough to hold local schools accountable for the quality of education they provide.
Education Take Note
Dressing It UpThey called it Operation Prom Dress.
While a high school prom can be an expensive proposition, this year girls at a West Virginia high school in Appalachia were able to put cost concerns aside, thanks to a helping hand from students at a private school for girls in New York City.
Officials in more than half the nation's major cities are bracing themselves for the worst because of unprecedented unemployment rates among teenagers; censorship in schools and libraries more than triples; Utah officials brace for an enrollment boom; Texas is raising standards for would-be teachers; and more.