July 10, 2002

Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 42
Education Given a Choice
Here are the numbers of schools identified by each state, based on the most recent test scores available, that will have to offer public school choice this fall, under the less stringent 1994 ESEA:
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Education Events
A symbol (**) marks events that have not appeared in a previous issue of Education Week.
July | August | September
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Education Take Note

The Online Route

Shopping online has become second nature for many consumers, who can buy just about anything from soap to CDs.
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Student Well-Being Low Appetite Seen for Free Summer Lunches
Advocacy groups and federal nutrition officials worry every summer that millions of children aren't getting the meals they need when school is out.
Michelle R. Davis, July 10, 2002
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Teaching Profession Teaching Quality Viewed as Crucial
Americans say the No. 1 way to improve schools is to raise teacher quality, according to a recent poll commissioned by the Public Education Network and Education Week.
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States Reporter's Notebook
  • Southern States Warned New Federal Law Could Bring Bad News
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Education Geographic Exposure
Students taking the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress in geography were asked the following:
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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

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Education People in the News

Betty Castor

Betty Castor, the president and chief executive officer of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, recently announced that she plans to leave the organization in October.
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Education Media

Media Watchers

Stung by what they claim is bad reporting, school officials in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., are slapping back at the local media— with a Web page taking journalists to task for errors, distortions, and omissions.
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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.
Debra Viadero, July 10, 2002
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Education Vouchers on the Ballot
Ballot measures that would have led to publicly financed voucher systems have been put to voeter and defeated in the following states. No such statewide ballot proposal has won voter approval.
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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:
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Education Education and the Supreme Court: The 2001-02 Term
It was a major year for education in the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices addressed school vouchers, drug testing of students, and two cases involving the federal law that guarantees the privacy of education records.
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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
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School Choice & Charters In the Court's Words
Following are excerpts from the majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions in the U.S. Supreme Court's June 27 decision in the Cleveland voucher case, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris:
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Special Education Brave New World
Middle school is hard enough. Imagine what it's like for a child with Down syndrome. Sixth grader Chris Vogelberger found out last year.
Allison Shelley, July 10, 2002
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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.
Mark Walsh, July 10, 2002
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Education Leadership

Hands-On Learning

With mayors playing an ever more active role in the affairs of their cities' schools, a new effort is under way to help them share with one another some of what they've learned.
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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.
Jeff Archer, July 10, 2002
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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.
Bess Keller, July 10, 2002
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Education Correction
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.
July 10, 2002
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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
  • Deaths
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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.
Catherine Gewertz, July 10, 2002
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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.
Sean Cavanagh, July 10, 2002
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Education State Journal

Return to Sender

During 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.
July 10, 2002
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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
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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.
Mark Walsh, July 10, 2002
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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.
Erik W. Robelen, July 10, 2002
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