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McCann, Barbara; Beaumont, Constance – American School Board Journal, 2003
Smart growth schools are small in size, encourage broad community involvement, and make good use of existing resources. Promoting small, community-based schools requires innovation, new partnerships, and a commitment to working to overcome the barriers presented by traditional rules and regulations. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning
Colgan, Craig – American School Board Journal, 2003
Mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) are matters of major concern to architects and their educational clients. The Environmental Protection Agency's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program offers help to districts seeking to tackle IAQ issues. Strengthening community relations is one way to be ready in case of a bad environmental or IAQ report.…
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Standards
Munoz, Marco A.; Winter, Paul A.; Ronau, Robert N. – American School Board Journal, 2003
Jefferson County Public Schools developed a survey instrument to learn from the applicant's perspective what new teachers had experienced during the hiring process and what they thought of the district's recruiting efforts. The goal was to determine the strong and weak points of the district's program and develop suggestions for improvement. (MLF)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Selection
Bainbridge, William L.; Tocco, Thomas S. – American School Board Journal, 2003
A school-district audit in Florida highlights the stellar program and results at Polk County's Inwood Elementary School. Principal Sue Buckner demands that parents, stepparents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and neighbors participate in Inwood's success. A sidebar summarizes the audit procedures and findings. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Audits (Verification), Awards, Economically Disadvantaged
Ferguson, Janet M. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Vouchers have been touted as a means to give parents more choice in their child's education, with the rationale that this choice will improve their child's chances of succeeding in school. Studies have produced mixed and inconclusive results. Critics argue that only the more motivated and higher income families will use the vouchers, thus…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes
Popham, W. James – American School Board Journal, 2002
Today's standardized tests are not the best way to evaluate schools or students. These tests do not evaluate what students have learned in school. There is a high likelihood that the specific content sampled by a standardized test may be seriously inconsistent with local curricula aspirations. Sidebars report on recommendations from the Commission…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
Burley, Hansel – American School Board Journal, 2002
Standardized tests cover acquired knowledge in reading, mathematics, and English. To avoid misuse of standardized tests school districts should use tests to diagnose individual learning needs and improve programs; and administer tests once a year in the fall semester so results help guide learning plans for students Contains a glossary of basic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Standardized Tests
Raterink, George V. – American School Board Journal, 2002
A school district committee nominated more than 20 former students who they felt had been successful in high school. Extensive interviews with five graduates revealed the most important influence on success was happiness. Second was the setting of reasonable goals-small goals for younger students, more rigorous goals for older ones. Third was a…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Happiness, High School Graduates, High Schools
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2002
Virtual museums focus on a specific curriculum theme and showcase electronic museum-type collections such as artifacts, paintings, photographs, numerous databases, and Web links to resources around the world. Museums of all types include vital teaching tools that help students make discoveries and form connections with the past, present, and…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Museums
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2002
In 1997, the National Education Association and the Teacher Union Reform Network urged local union affiliates to adopt a collaborative approach to negotiating with school boards and administrators. Research indicates that the cost of education in union districts is from 8-15 percent higher than in nonunion districts. Effects on student achievement…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Collective Bargaining, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Development
Pereus, Steven C. – American School Board Journal, 2001
Certain guiding principles ensure that information technology becomes a value-added investment: using well-designed management and operating processes and fact-based decision making; examining document core processes and business practices; rethinking and redesigning processes, policies, and practices before integrating them into a system; and…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2001
Supporting parental-involvement research findings, Congress in 1995 appropriated $10 million to fund 28 parent information and resource centers in 27 states and Washington, D.C. In 1999, 58 more were funded. Centers communicate personably with parents via newsletters, referral networks, websites, cable TV, and toll-free numbers. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Outreach Programs
Colgan, Craig – American School Board Journal, 2001
Less than 5 percent of charter schools have been shut down nationwide. Charter school advocates say closings prove that accountability measures already present in law and in practice are working. Critics counter that closings often reveal that more oversight is needed. Discusses fiscal mismanagement and the need for training. Summarizes…
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems
American School Board Journal, 2001
Briefly describes report by Gary Orfield, codirector of Harvard University's Civil Rights Project, that finds American public schools have become much less desegregated than they were 10 years ago. (PKP)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Desegregation Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Policy
Sokoloff, Harris – American School Board Journal, 2001
School districts have a variety of practices in their public-engagement portfolios, some often counterproductive. Offers school boards suggestions for developing policies to engage the public in meaningful ways. Includes a case study that describes five-step process for developing a set of parameters to maximize public engagement. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Outreach Programs
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