May 22, 2002
Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 37
Law & Courts Seattle Student Survey's Race Questions Stir Controversy
Many schools in the Seattle district have decided to destroy the answer sheets from a recent student survey, after some parents and teachers raised objections about the nature of several questions.
School & District Management Miami-Dade Board OKs Tougher Ethics Policies
The Miami-Dade County school board has adopted more stringent rules of ethics for conducting its business, a move designed to restore public confidence after a bruising year of disclosures about inappropriate spending by the panel and the district's former superintendent.
Budget & Finance Businesses Flock To Charter Frontier
Enticed by charters even though profits remain rare, the for-profit education management industry has emerged as one of several education sectors altered by charter school movement. Part III of our series Changed by Charters. Includes:
Law & Courts Appeals Court Allows Use of Race In Michigan Law School Admissions
In a case that could reverberate on college campuses nationwide—and possibly in K-12 classrooms—a sharply divided federal appeals court has backed the University of Michigan law school's right to use race as a factor in its admissions policy.
Education Contests for Governor
The fall will be a busy campaign season in the 36 states where governorships are up for election. Sixteen incumbents are expected to seek re-election. Fifteen governors are barred by term limits from running again, while five others have decided not to run. This map shows the status of the gubernatorial races.
Special Education Special Education's Orbit
When Mike Kersjes, a high school special education teacher and football coach, read in 1987 a magazine article about Space Camp, he knew his students would love to go. Located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., the camp allows students to spend six days training and living like astronauts. But Mr. Kersjes and his co-teacher, Robynn McKinney, knew they faced a major obstacle: The program had been designed for gifted and talented students. A group of special education students had never before participated.
States State Candidates Fine-Tune School Rhetoric for Fall Runs
Candidates for governor will be sharpening education platforms on the campaign trail in the coming months, as voters in more than half the states prepare to go to the polls this year to choose new state executives. Includes the chart, "Contests for Governor."
Infrastructure Court Leaves Future of Online-Protection Law Uncertain
The U.S. Supreme Court last week partially upheld a federal statute designed to protect children from pornography on the World Wide Web, but its splintered ruling sent the law back to a lower court for further review and left doubt about whether it would ultimately be upheld.
School Choice & Charters Millionaire Industrialist Touts 'White Hat' Firm To Build Charter Model
David L. Brennan wants to rescue America's children from failing schools. He also wants to make money doing it.
- The Assessment, Accountability, and Standards Program at serve (a federally financed education laboratory that serves the Southeast) has worked with districts and schools to improve classroom assessment for the past seven years. In addition to a newsletter, Assessment Hotspots, that reports on its work, the organization has professional-development materials to engage teachers in crafting effective assessments.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 applies to school employees as well as students; a West Virginia trial judge orders the state to provide the money to lift all schools to specific educational standards; the Alaska board of education has endorsed a concept to recognize "local diversity" for a statewide school-improvement plan; and more.
Special Education Graduation Rates Up for Spec. Ed. Students, Report Says
More special education students are graduating from high school, and fewer are dropping out than ever before, according to the Department of Education's annual report to Congress on the progress of students with disabilities.
Equity & Diversity Broad Effort to Mix Students by Wealth Under Fire in N.C.
The leaders of the Wake County, N.C., school district are learning that the political realities of integrating schools by income rather than race are daunting. Includes: "Appeals Court Allows Use of Race in Michigan Law School Admissions."
Equity & Diversity NAACP Threatening States That Lack School Equity Plans
Twenty-two states may face federal civil rights complaints after failing to answer the NAACP's call for comprehensive strategies targeting the achievement gap separating African-American and white students in the nation's classrooms. Includes a table, "State Responses to NAACP Call."
International Across the Atlantic, Europeans Take Different Approach to School Safety
In the aftermath of a deadly school shooting, many Germans have dismissed the common U.S. response to school violence of transforming schools into high-security zones. Includes: "U.S. Agencies Release Details From School Violence Research."