July 10, 2002
Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 42
Education In the Court's Words
Here are excerpts from the majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions in the U.S. Supreme Court's June 27 decision in Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls, the student drug- testing case from Tecumseh, Okla.:
Majority Opinion | Concurring Opinions | Dissenting Opinion
School & District Management Senate May Vote on Overhaul Of OERI Before Fall Elections
If influential Senate lawmakers have their way, the Department of Education's primary research office will get its long-awaited face-lift this year.
Education A Long Road to the Court
Given the ferocity of the debate over vouchers, it is often forgotten that early in the history of the United States, religiously affiliated schools at times received generous public funding from states and cities. By the mid-19th century, with the rise of the common school and the increasing desire by Roman Catholic immigrants for their own schools, government aid to private schools gradually declined. Such aid to religious schools was generally not considered unconstitutional, however, until the 14th Amendment was interpreted as applying to the states the First Amendment's prohibition on a government establishment of religion. The specific policy debate on vouchers that led to the U.S. Supreme Court's June 27 decision is a post-World War II phenomenon. Here's a look at some mileposts on the way to that ruling:
Education News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
- Initial 'Reading First' Grants Awarded to Three States
- Program Pushes Fruits, Veggies
- Welfare Overhaul Advances
- Report Sees College-Cost Crunch
- Study Urges Aid to Hispanics
- African Education Aid Proposed
- 'Hatched' D.C. Teacher Rehired
- Title IX in the News: Education Department Names
Commission to Study Title IX
- Title IX in the News: Group Cites Costs of Gender Bias in Athletics
Law & Courts Privacy Law Not a Courtroom Matter, Justices Decide
The U.S. Supreme Court has closed the courthouse door to parents and students seeking to sue school districts in disputes over the privacy of education records. Includes "In the Court's Words," excerpts from the court's opinions.
School & District Management Training Sessions Help Urban School Boards Lead Change
Through his Center for Reform of School Systems in Houston, Donald R. McAdams is trying to get school boards to look beyond their districts' immediate concerns and see a bigger picture.
Teaching Profession NEA Delegates Select Seasoned Union Veteran As Their Next President
Consummate teachers' union veteran Reg Weaver overwhelmingly won election last week to the National Education Association's highest post, defeating Los Angeles union activist Denise Rockwell for president.
A story about a federal report on teacher quality in the June 19, 2002, issue of Education Week ("Paige Uses Report as a Rallying Cry to Fix Teacher Ed.,") misspelled the name of Penelope M. Earley of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Education News in Brief: A National Roundup
- U.S. Appeals Court Backs Ban on Columbine Religious Tiles
- Seattle Parents File Lawsuit Over Report Card Changes
- Federal Judge Ends Oversight of Prince George's, Md., Schools
- Checking Underwear at Dance Costs Administrator Her Post
- East Detroit, Mich., Board Member Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charge
- Boston School Board Repeals Plan for English-Language Learners
Families & the Community A Great Day, or Dark One, for Schools?
Charneice M. Broughton picked up her ringing telephone on the last Thursday in June to hear news that made her burst into tears of joy: The highest court in the land had just given its blessing to the voucher program that enables her to send her 8-year-old daughter to a private school.
Education Funding Illinois Budget Trims Funds For K-12, Higher Education
With the state's economy hemorrhaging, Illinois officials said they had no choice but to perform surgery with a blunt scalpel on the education budget for next year.
Education State Journal
Return to SenderDuring these days of tin-cup state budgets and bleak economic forecasts, many programs that help college-bound students have trouble scraping together funds. But Texas, according to a recent report, seems to have a different problem: millions of dollars going unspent.
Education News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
- Mass Drops Cash Bonuses for Master Teachers' Program
- Federal Judge Reverses Ariz. Ruling
- Pa. Court Approves Cyber Charters
- Ga. Again Faces Scoring Woes
- Study: Mich. Charters Better With Age
- Miss. Names New Schools Chief
- Ariz. Auditor Finds Flaws in Project
Law & Courts Supreme Court Allows Expansion Of Schools' Drug-Testing Policies
Education officials say they don't see most school districts suddenly crafting new drug-testing policies just because the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld such testing of students in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Includes "In the Court's Words," excerpts from the court's opinions.
School Choice & Charters Ruling Gives Second Wind To Capitol Hill Voucher Advocates
The hubbub outside the U.S. Supreme Court building had barely died down late last month before the action shifted to the big white dome across Capitol Hill's First Street.