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.
Michelle Galley, May 22, 2002
2 min read
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.
Catherine Gewertz, May 22, 2002
3 min read
Education Grants
A symbol (**) marks available grants that have not appeared in a previous issue of Education Week.
May 22, 2002
9 min read
Education Capitol Recap
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • Georgia
May 22, 2002
7 min read
Education Colleges

Creationism Controversy


Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., is appealing a decision by a national association to deny it accreditation based on the school's mandate that faculty members adhere to creationism in their teaching and classroom curriculum.
May 22, 2002
2 min read
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:
Mark Walsh, May 22, 2002
12 min read
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.
Sean Cavanagh, May 22, 2002
2 min read
Education Corrections
A story in the May 1, 2002, issue of Education Week about air quality in schools ("EPA Pushing Improved Air Quality in Schools") should have said that the Mesa, Ariz., school district tested classrooms for high levels of carbon dioxide.
May 22, 2002
1 min read
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.
May 22, 2002
1 min read
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.
May 22, 2002
3 min read
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."
John Gehring, May 22, 2002
6 min read
Education News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
  • Ed. Dept. Announces 'Reading First' Panel
  • Student-Loan Hearing Stirs Partisan Debate
May 22, 2002
2 min read
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.
Mark Walsh, May 22, 2002
3 min read
Federal Ed. Dept. Weighs Changing Blue Ribbon Program
The Department of Education is making final plans to overhaul the popular Blue Ribbon Schools awards program, transforming it into an honor for schools that improve test scores, especially among minority students.
Alan Richard, May 22, 2002
4 min read
Education Funding As Deficit Mounts, Davis Tries To Spare Schools
Gov. Gray Davis proposed new taxes and cuts in a revised budget plan for California last week that attempts to protect schools while managing a deficit that has surpassed $23 billion.
Joetta L. Sack, May 22, 2002
4 min read
Curriculum Research Underscores Need For Tough Courses
Most students would benefit from taking more rigorous and challenging courses in high school, according to a set of papers presented here last week at a conference on the American high school.
Lynn Olson, May 22, 2002
6 min read
Education Private Management
Here is a list of top for-profit managers of charter schools, ranked by the number of charter schools they operate.
May 22, 2002
1 min read
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.

Karla Scoon Reid, May 22, 2002
12 min read
Education Resources
  • 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.
May 22, 2002
2 min read
Education New in Print
TEACHING
  • A Boy I Once Knew: The Story of a Teacher and Her Student
May 22, 2002
5 min read
Education Close Up: Candidates' Votes Count With Public
Simply calling oneself an "education candidate" is apparently no longer good enough to get elected. That's one of the findings of a poll recently commissioned by the Public Education Network and Education Week.
May 22, 2002
1 min read
Education Retrospective
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.
May 22, 2002
2 min read
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.
Lisa Fine, May 22, 2002
3 min read
Education News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
  • Georgia State Board Adopts New Test Policy for Schools
  • Mass. Can Order Tests, Court Rules
  • University of Texas Bolsters K-12 Aid
  • Mich. Court Rebuffs Suit on Spending
  • Del. Sports Board to Be Revamped
May 22, 2002
5 min read
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."
Alan Richard, May 22, 2002
10 min read
School & District Management Up Close and Personal
Bucking the national craze for large-scale testing, the Lincoln, Neb., district focuses its efforts on classroom-based assessments. Includes resources.
Lynn Olson, May 22, 2002
22 min read
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."
Karla Scoon Reid, May 22, 2002
3 min read
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."
Darcia Harris Bowman, May 22, 2002
6 min read
Budget & Finance Edison Reels Amid Flurry Of Bad News
From charges by the SEC of financial disclosure errors to the termination of its contract with one of its first schools, the news just seemed to go from bad to worse last week for Edison Schools Inc.
Mark Walsh, May 22, 2002
7 min read