May 15, 2002

Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 36
School & District Management School Board Poll Finds Turmoil Isn't Common
A study sponsored by the National School Boards Association seeks to offer an unusually comprehensive view of who serves on school boards, the challenges they face, and what they value. Includes a table, "School Boards and Superintendents."
Jeff Archer, May 15, 2002
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Education School Boards and Superintendents
Although school board members said they spend more time than in the past on student achievement, when it comes to evaluating superintendents, their first priority is a smooth relationship with their districts' top official.
May 15, 2002
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Reading & Literacy Teaching & Learning
  • Reading Association Recognizes
    'Phonicators' Group
  • Science Teachers
  • Crying Foul
  • Chicago Discounts
May 15, 2002
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Education Capitol Recap
  • Alabama
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Virginia
May 15, 2002
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Student Achievement Critical Study of NBPTS Spurs State Advisory Group to Act
A small-scale study that suggests teachers with national certification are not better than other teachers in raising student test scores has prompted a group advising state policymakers to undertake an "independent review" of the research.
Bess Keller, May 15, 2002
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College & Workforce Readiness Calif. District: Talk Career Talk Or No Graduation Walk
For some high school seniors in southern California's San Fernando Valley, taking part in graduation-day festivities is no longer as easy as strolling across stage, shaking hands, and picking up a diploma.
Sean Cavanagh, May 15, 2002
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Education Honors & Awards
2002 ASBJ MAGNA AWARDS

The American School Board Journal, a trade publication for school boards, and Sodexho School Services, a Gaithersburg-Md.- based provider of food and facilities management, recently announced 25 winners of the 8th annual Magna Awards. The awards recognize school boards for implementing programs that encourage public engagement in schools and that improve student achievement.

May 15, 2002
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School & District Management Fla.'s New Code Drops Requirement For Principal Licenses
Tucked inside the more than a thousand pages of revised education code approved by the Florida legislature this month is a one-sentence provision that would open principals' jobs to all comers.
Jeff Archer, May 15, 2002
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School Climate & Safety Classroom Microphones Make Voices Louder, Clearer
Technology Page Classroom sound systems are being praised by an increasing number of educators, who believe better sound will translate into better learning.
Michelle Galley, May 15, 2002
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Education Funding Standard & Poor's Studies School Spending in Pennsylvania
How much Pennsylvania spends on schools is, in many ways, less important than how that money is spent, according to a new analysis of the state's education spending patterns and student achievement.
John Gehring, May 15, 2002
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Education News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
  • Ariz. Lawmakers Reject Ruling on School Funds
  • Illinois Eyes Elected State Chief
  • Mich. Court Rejects Funding Suit
  • N.C. to Appeal Finance Decision
May 15, 2002
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Education News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
  • Education Department Releases Draft Rules on Standards, Testing
  • Report: Thumbs Down on Lap Belts
May 15, 2002
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School Climate & Safety New York Schools, U.S. Officials At Odds Over 9/11 Aid
New York City schools still recovering from the impact of Sept. 11 are sparring with the federal government over financial help education officials say they need to speed the healing.
Michelle R. Davis, May 15, 2002
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Federal Department Aims to Promote Single-Sex Schools
When state and federal officials discovered public elementary school principal Benjamin Wright had split his enrollment into classes of all boys and all girls this school year, they descended on Seattle's Thurgood Marshall Elementary School.
Michelle R. Davis, May 15, 2002
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States Fla. Lawmakers End Impasse On K-20 Guidelines
In their second special session of the year on education, Florida lawmakers last week finally set into motion the laws that give structure to the state's new K-20 system of schooling.
Alan Richard, May 15, 2002
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Education Correction
A story in the May 8, 2002, issue of Education Week on the use of charts and other graphics from USA Today in mathematics textbooks ("'Nation's Newspaper' Moves Into Math Texts") incorrectly said the newspaper is distributed free to schools. It charges schools for subscriptions.
May 15, 2002
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Education Civil War Savvy
Following is a sample of 12th graders' responses to a question on the U.S. history NAEP.
May 15, 2002
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Education Behind the Scenes
As they get a taste of the high-stress world of broadcast news, students in Kansas are finding out that producing a TV show is harder than it looks.
Rhea R. Borja, May 15, 2002
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Classroom Technology Report Says E-Learning Redefining K-12 Education
Cyber schools, online teaching and testing, and other e-learning initiatives are emerging quickly across the country, changing traditional notions of how K- 12 education is provided, an Education Week report released last week concludes.
Kevin Bushweller, May 15, 2002
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School Climate & Safety Weather Wreaks Havoc On Some Schools
Schools in rural McDowell County, W.Va., may not reopen for the rest of this academic year, after severe flooding May 2 destroyed one school and damaged up to 11 others.
Rhea Borja, May 15, 2002
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Education Urban Education

Job Hunting

Paul G. Vallas, the public-finance whiz who led the Chicago schools in an era of profound change for the district, has applied to run Philadelphia's schools as the Pennsylvania district struggles for academic and financial health.
May 15, 2002
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School & District Management N.Y. District Braces For State Takeover
For many in the mostly African-American, working-class community of Roosevelt, N.Y., an impending state takeover of schools signals an ominous blow to local control, and has come to symbolize the historical neglect of predominantly black districts.
John Gehring, May 15, 2002
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Student Achievement Pa. Tutoring Effort Could Foreshadow ESEA Results
The low participation rate in a Pennsylvania tutoring program for students who perform poorly on standardized tests may serve as a harbinger for a similar provision in the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001.
Erik W. Robelen, May 15, 2002
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Infrastructure Apple Struggles to Regain Share Of School Market
Apple Computer Inc. is trying to reverse a steady decline in its share of the U.S. school market, as school districts increasingly buy computers that run the Windows operating system, rather than the Macintosh systems used by Apple machines.
Andrew Trotter, May 15, 2002
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School Choice & Charters Commentary School Choice Trade-Offs
School choice creates a divide between cultural diversity and equality of opportunity. R. Kenneth Godwin and Frank R. Kemerer insist that more citizens have a voice in that trade-off.
R. Kenneth Godwin & Frank R. Kemerer, May 15, 2002
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School Choice & Charters Milwaukee Board Tips In Favor of Vouchers
A recent election to the Milwaukee school board has created a voting majority that supports the city's private-school-voucher program, triggering elation among the program's advocates and worry among public school loyalists.
Catherine Gewertz, May 15, 2002
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States Casey, Rendell Rhetoric Hot In Pa. Democratic Primary
Two Pennsylvania Democrats with big political name recognition are making school funding a key issue in an increasingly nasty and intense bid to win next week's gubernatorial primary.
Catherine Gewertz, May 15, 2002
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Education Federal File

Message: They Care

At the same time President Bush was visiting schools in Wisconsin last week to talk up the new federal education law, congressional Democrats staged a press conference to slam his budget request for schools.
May 15, 2002
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School Choice & Charters Commentary What's Public About Charter Schools?
Authors Gary Miron and Christopher Nelson spent the past five years analyzing evidence from Michigan regarding charter school reforms. Michigan provides an illuminating setting in which to observe the interplay of public and private in charter school operation, they say.
Gary Miron & Christopher Nelson, May 15, 2002
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