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Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 1999
Accomplished teachers are leaving the profession by the thousands (7% yearly). A 1997 National Center for Education Statistics survey found that dissatisfied teachers leave because of student discipline and motivation problems, inadequate administrative support, poor salary, and insufficient influence over school policies and practices. The…
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Coping, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education
Natale, Jo Anna – American School Board Journal, 1999
Minnie Howard School, just outside Washington, D.C., caters exclusively to 14-year olds. Started seven years ago to relieve enrollment pressures, the school protects its 747 9th graders from typical high-school pressures and has reduced suspension and truancy, enrolled more kids in honors classes, and enticed privately educated students back to…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Dropout Prevention, Grade 9, Intervention
Crisci, George S. – American School Board Journal, 1999
Supreme Court decisions to date underscore school boards' responsibility to take action against on-campus sexual harassment. The high court will support employers who issue, communicate, and enforce policies prohibiting unlawful gender discrimination. Such policies need a clear "no tolerance" statement, detailed legal definitions, and a…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Grievance Procedures, Guidelines
Bushweller, Kevin – American School Board Journal, 1999
Impact fees are one-time charges assessed to residential developers that help pay for new roads, libraries, school buildings, and other infrastructure needed for growing populations. The fees' highly political nature has pitted school officials against developers, with mixed results. Utah, South Carolina, Florida, and Colorado initiatives are…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Housing Industry, Lobbying
Guerrera, Peter P.; Krzynowek, Ron – American School Board Journal, 1999
Thanks to a supportive business community, the three villages comprising Cuyahoga (Ohio) School District have been able to run two major tax-abatement programs efficiently. Since the program's inception in 1985, the district's budget has increased from about $3 million to $10 million. Tips are provided. (MLH)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Free Enterprise System, Political Influences
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 1999
More and more school districts are hiring family-school coordinators to connect with families through home visits stressing positive discussions. In El Paso, teams of middle-school teachers visit students' homes after school, on weekends, during conference days, and on vacations. Other programs are profiled. (MLH)
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Family School Relationship, Home Visits, Homeless People
Collins, Mildred; Morales, Arturo; Dowell, Mary – American School Board Journal, 1999
Natural disasters, violent confrontations, and other crises will bring in police or firefighters, followed quickly by the press and the public. School officials should respond carefully and appropriately. Solutions (and examples from California law) pertaining to privacy rights, workplace safety, sex offenders, background checks, and communication…
Descriptors: Crisis Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Responsibility, Mass Media
Diaz, Rene X. – American School Board Journal, 1999
Abandoning its disjointed strategic plan, the Phoenix (Arizona) Union High School District concentrated on improving student achievement and utilization of fiscal and human resources. These goals were achieved by replacing adversarial collective bargaining with interest-based negotiation and working toward higher graduation rates and lower dropout…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Collective Bargaining, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1999
Recent court decisions have rejected fostering of diversity as a compelling state interest. In a 1999 case (Brewer v West Irondequoit School District), Federal District Judge David Larimer ordered the West Irondequoit Central School District to admit a previously rejected (white) transfer student. Using class, not race, as an admission criterion…
Descriptors: Admission (School), Admission Criteria, Court Litigation, De Facto Segregation
Norman, Michele M. – American School Board Journal, 1999
The Department of Education recommends that schools allocate at least 30% of technology funding to professional development. Programs generally begin with strategic planning and a realistic budget, are designed to improve student achievement, emphasize people over technology, and have widespread stakeholder support. Core components are discussed.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Program Development
Bailey, Gerald D.; Lumley, Dan – American School Board Journal, 1999
Technology is allowing people with differing venues and schedules to meet and form powerful teams. To succeed, virtual teams must hold some synchronous, real-time meetings, follow a five-step continuous-improvement model, provide coaching and support, encourage face-to-face contact, and expect trial and experimentation. (MLH)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Computer Networks, Elementary Secondary Education, Teamwork
Harrington-Lueker, Donna – American School Board Journal, 1999
Schools that would gain the most from technology face the greatest obstacles. A study of four large urban school districts (Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Cleveland) reveals common barriers: overwhelming size, deteriorating buildings, pervasive poverty and inequity, high teacher turnover, low expectations, insufficient staff development,…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Resistance to Change
Schmidt, William H.; Houang, Richard T.; Wolfe, Richard G. – American School Board Journal, 1999
The precipitous decline of U.S. students' scores on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) from 4th to 12th grade, compared with other nations, may be attributed to curriculum differences, not demography. The U.S. middle-school curriculum lacks focus and rigor and is highly repetitive. (MLH)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Achievement
Cawelti, Gordon – American School Board Journal, 1999
Improving student achievement hinges on adopting effective, research-based learning practices and activities. These include parent involvement, graded homework, direct teaching, aligned time on task, tutoring, cooperative learning, mastery learning, and teaching of learning strategies. Three high-achieving schools are profiled. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Educational Practices
Natale, Jo Anna – American School Board Journal, 1999
Two recent books, "When Good Kids Kill," by Michael D. Kelleher, and "Lost Boys," by James Garbarino, explore how children become killers and suggest ways to reduce our high-pressure society's epidemic levels of youth violence. Physically or psychologically distant parents and unaffirmative media messages are negative…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Homicide
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