March 2000

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Vol. 11, Issue 06

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Ron Wolk reflects on the growing shortage of good principals and his visit to two K-8 schools in a major urban district.
  • Star Struck
  • Not So Bright
  • Oops
  • Tough Talk
  • Misconceived
Math and science teachers are high-tailing it to high-paying, high-tech jobs.
Writer Ken Smith talks seriously about campy classroom films like Are You Popular?
It's not quite raining men in preschool classrooms, but things are changing.
From dust to dust: Schools are chucking chalkboards for clean, quiet markerboards.
Tough-love reforms convince Chicago principal Charles Mingo it's time to move on.
A court finds school officials at fault in a teen's suicide.
Who's doing the most to recruit and keep teachers? A first-of-its-kind report on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Includes:
Education Week analyzed U.S. Census Bureau earnings data and confirmed what's long been suspected: Teachers make less than other college-educated workers—a lot less. From 1994 to 1998, for example, the average salary for teachers with a master's degree climbed all of $200, after adjusting for inflation. During that time, the average pay for other workers with the same credentials jumped $17,505.

Here is Education Week's state-by-state comparison of the salaries of teachers—both public and private—with other workers. The pay of teachers and nonteachers with a bachelor's degree is compared first, then the salaries of those with a master's. In each case, we've added a ranking, assigning "1" to the state where the salary gap between teachers is the smallest, based on percentage differences.

Civil rights advocates put California's AP program on trial in a pioneering lawsuit.
In Washington, D.C., parents who have battled district leaders for years are getting out—and taking their school with them.
Author Mike Rose explores the minds at work in a high school program where troubled teens learn a plumber's tricks of the trade.
A leading African American scholar examines cyber-segregation—and finds that it may be self-imposed.
Are Florida teachers leading Bible study in public schools? You be the judge.
Class was going so well that day— then the parent with the pig showed up.
Alfie Kohn and the schools our children deserve. Plus: A teacher moves to Watts.
Poet Mark Doty remembers his 4th grade teacher with fondness in his new memoir.
A basket-maker's son encounters prejudice, a preacher's boy rejects religion, cheddar cheese, misadventures in Miami, the Harlem Renaissance, and more.
  • A Big Cheese For The White House
  • Sector 7
  • Jack on the Tracks
  • Dave At Night
  • Strong To The Hoop
Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
A teacher's Motown curriculum makes learning as easy as A-B-C. From Baby Love to What's Going On, the singles produced by Motown Records artists such as the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5 in the 1960s and '70s changed the sound of popular music. And after 40 years of blasting out of radios, energizing film scores, hawking hamburgers, and prompting tears at weddings, the songs have become a soundtrack to modern American life.