June 12, 2002

Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 40
Education Honors & Awards
BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS
The U.S. Department of Education recently named 172 middle and high schools National Schools of Excellence under the Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Public and private schools are nominated by state education agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the Council for American Private Education, and are chosen through an evaluation of the nomination reports and site visits by experienced principals and administrators. 
June 12, 2002
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School & District Management Student Enrollment Surges In Minn. Alternative Schools
Enrollment in Minnesota's public-school-choice programs grew enormously during the 1990s, particularly among students who moved from traditional public schools to alternative schools, according to a new study.
Joetta L. Sack, June 12, 2002
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Education Events
June | July

A symbol (**) marks events that have not appeared in a previous issue of Education Week.

June 12, 2002
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School & District Management Research: Holding Up a Mirror
Teacher-researchers use their own classrooms to investigate questions in education—and they are producing knowledge that other teachers pay attention to. Includes a resource list, "The Movement for Teacher Research."
Debra Viadero, June 12, 2002
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Education Capitol Recap
  • Arizona
June 12, 2002
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Education Leadership Groups Hope to Launch Advanced Certification
A new push is under way to jump-start stalled efforts to create a system of advanced certification for principals and superintendents, akin to the national certification process for teachers.
Jeff Archer, June 12, 2002
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Law & Courts Nev. School District To Get Access To Athletes' Court Records
In what could be a first-of-its-kind policy, school officials in Washoe County, Nev., will have access to court and police records for all of their high school student athletes this coming fall.
Michelle Galley, June 12, 2002
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Ed-Tech Policy Tracking Technology Trends
A survey of technology leaders from 811 school districts revealed some interesting trends. One especially noteworthy one involved the use of students to provide technical support for district computers.
June 12, 2002
1 min read
Education Urban Challenge Sites
A centerpiece of the $500 million Annenberg Challenge was a series of matching grants made between January 1995 and January 1997 to improve schools in nine large urban areas. Each grant had to be matched two-for-one by money raised from other sources, except for the Los Angeles project, which required only a dollar-for-dollar match. A summary of project goals follows.
June 12, 2002
1 min read
Education Retrospective
Lay teachers become the majority in Catholic schools; athletes face stricter academic-eligibility requirements; the Dade County, Fla., school system expects to keep more than half its schools open and operating over the summer; and more.
June 12, 2002
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Infrastructure Schools Still Required to Install Internet Filters
Most schools must still comply with a federal law requiring them to install filtering software to prevent children from viewing Internet pornography on school computers, despite a ruling that struck down the law as it applied to public libraries.
Mark Walsh, June 12, 2002
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Education People in the News

Burdette W. Andrews

Burdette W. Andrews, who is likely the nation's oldest still-serving superintendent, plans to retire from the 1,200- student Vandercook Lake public schools in Michigan at the end of this month. Mr. Andrews, 94, has been on the job since 1946. ("Mich. Superintendent Still on the Job at 92 and Counting," Feb. 9, 2000.)
June 12, 2002
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Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
  • Edison Gets Financing for Phila. Expansion
  • Massachusetts Teen Avoids Trial for Alleged School Attack Plot
  • Ohio Aids Rural School District After Bank's Loss of Funds
  • Newly Named Board in Maryland Votes to Retain District Chief
  • Ariz. District Seeks to Recoup Insurance Costs for Ex-Workers
  • L.A. Asks Fewer Teachers to Sign Commitments
  • Deaths: John A. Moore; C. William Brubaker
June 12, 2002
6 min read
Education Corrections
A story about computer scoring of essays ("States Testing Computer-Scored Essays,") in the May 29, 2002, issue of Education Week gave an incorrect first name for the spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She is Beth Gaydos.
June 12, 2002
1 min read
Education Deaths
John A. Moore, one of the leaders of the Cold War-era changes in science education, died in Riverside, Calif., on May 26. He was 86.
Joetta L. Sack, June 12, 2002
1 min read
Education Funding Budget Cuts Target Schools' Summer Courses
In the face of steep declines in tax revenues, many school districts are scrapping or scaling back their summer school programs, despite pressure on students to meet higher standards.
Karla Scoon Reid, June 12, 2002
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Education Take Note

Latte for Little Ones

Teachers and parents in Seattle are backing a local group's proposal to help children by taxing one of their city's best-known products: espresso.
June 12, 2002
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Advocates Call for Breakdown Of Gender Barriers in Voc. Ed.
In a study released last week, the Washington-based National Women's Law Center argues that vocational education steers too many girls into courses that lead to low-paying occupations, rather than into trade and technology tracks, which remain male-dominated and pay better. Includes the chart "Choosing a Path."
Sean Cavanagh, June 12, 2002
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Education Choosing a Path
High school students receive little guidance about careers and postsecondary education, particularly when it comes to options other than attending four-year colleges and universities, researchers at Michigan's Ferris State University have found. They concluded that teenagers' career goals were defined overwhelmingly by parents, rather than guidance counselors and others. The researchers interviewed 809 high school juniors and seniors around the country.
June 12, 2002
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School & District Management Mass. Group Shares Models Of School Success
As is common across the nation, some schools in Massachusetts are succeeding while other, often similar schools in the state are struggling.
Michelle Galley, June 12, 2002
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Education Funding Philanthropy Update
  • Group to Grade Pittsburgh School Chief, Board
  • Enhancing Accountability
  • Teaching Difficult Students
  • Pay for Performance
June 12, 2002
4 min read
Recruitment & Retention State Probes La. District On Overtime
A report by the Louisiana state auditor has raised questions about how a New Orleans school janitor could possibly have earned $85,144 in overtime in 2½ years. The janitor, Alphonse Davis, is the father of the superintendent of the New Orleans public school system.
Lisa Fine, June 12, 2002
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Student Well-Being Anti-Drug Ad Campaign Falls Flat, Study Says
A new study suggests that the government's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, aimed at persuading young people not to use drugs, has not been effective in influencing youths.
Darcia Harris Bowman, June 12, 2002
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Education News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
  • Florida Ballot Questions Seek Changes to New K-20 System
  • Legislature to Curb N.Y.C. Board's Power
  • Calif. Lawmakers Take Up Backpacks
  • Study: Kansas Students Need More Money
  • La. Teachers Get a Hand Buying Homes
  • Mo. Law Aligns Requirements for Disabled
June 12, 2002
5 min read
Teaching Profession Qualifications of Teachers Falling Short
More than half the nation's middle school students and a quarter of its high school students are learning core academic subjects from teachers who lack certification in those subjects and did not major in them in college, a new federal survey shows. Includes the chart "Students' Exposure to Out-of-Field Teachers."
Catherine Gewertz, June 12, 2002
6 min read
Education The Movement for Teacher Research
These publications and World Wide Web sites offer some additional information on the teacher-research movement:
June 12, 2002
1 min read
Education Early Years

Great Expectations


An effort to improve early-childhood services for needy children in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County has succeeded in opening several new, high-quality programs. But the initiative, which was financed by foundations and private donors, has not met its original goals, and costs have climbed far higher than planned, a recent study by the RAND Corp. found.
June 12, 2002
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Education Funding Annenberg Challenge Yields Lessons for Those Hoping to Change Schools
Annenberg Challenge leaders from around the country will convene in Washington this week for the release of a report that paints a generally upbeat portrait of the initiative's contributions. Includes the chart "Urban Challenge Sites."
Caroline Hendrie, June 12, 2002
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Education Federal File

Speaking of Research

What does it take to build educational practices supported by research?
June 12, 2002
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