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Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2007
This article reports on how Seattle has joined the growing list of urban districts where policymakers are eyeing changes in school governance. A bill pending in the Washington state legislature, introduced late January 2007 by three lawmakers from the city, would permit citizens to petition to hold a local referendum on switching from the elected…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Elections, Governance
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2007
With a new and highly critical report card offering a business perspective on the effectiveness of state education systems, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing what it sees as a prescription for more innovative, efficient, and better-performing schools. For the chamber, the grades and policy platform further a concerted new effort to shape…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Report Cards, Educational Change
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2006
As "Education Week" marks its 25th anniversary, insiders and observers recall the paper's start and assess its role in fostering a national conversation on schools. "Education Week" is a newspaper which broke a national story on education policy. The independent weekly helped write the first draft of the history of an intense period of change in…
Descriptors: Newspapers, News Reporting, History, Educational Policy
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2006
President George W. Bush's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year includes a first: school improvement grants to help state education departments turn around schools and districts identified as needing improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act. While calling the $200 million proposal inadequate, some observers say they are encouraged by…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Aid, Educational Improvement, State Departments of Education
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2006
In a field of revolving-door leaders, Thomas W. Payzant is the exception to the rule. Amid the rise and fall of superintendents in city after city, he has led the Boston Public Schools for nearly 11 years. Now, as he prepares to retire, the district offers a rare glimpse of what is possible with stable leadership in urban education. It is a story…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Program Implementation, Instructional Leadership, Faculty Development
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2006
As districts get more assertive in trying to jump-start achievement in their most troubled schools, San Francisco stands out for its emphasis on assistance. Rather than restructure schools, or dictate particular teaching models, the aim is to try first to remove the barriers to good instruction. Called the STAR, short for Students and Teachers…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, School Districts, Urban Schools
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2006
Nebraska lawmakers the week of April 10, 2006 approved a hotly debated bill to break up the Omaha Public Schools--largely along racial and ethnic lines--under a plan that critics say amounts to state-sanctioned segregation and that likely will face a legal challenge. Passed April 13, 2006 in the last hours of the legislative session and signed the…
Descriptors: School District Reorganization, Urban Schools, State Legislation, Racial Segregation
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2006
Following the approval of legislation that would divide the city's public school system into racially and ethnically distinct districts, many Omaha community members and leaders mid-April 2006 expressed a mix of outrage, confusion, and disbelief. In this article, the author discusses the measure that calls for dividing any school system in the…
Descriptors: State Legislation, School District Reorganization, Public Schools, Urban Schools
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2005
A far-reaching study offers a damning assessment of the programs that prepare most of the nation's principals and superintendents. Led by Arthur E. Levine, the president of Teachers College, Columbia University, the report says most university-based preparation programs for administrators range in quality from "inadequate to appalling." The…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Administrator Education, Program Evaluation, Low Achievement
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2005
St. Louis University is one of a growing number of higher education institutions that are retooling their Doctor of Education, or Ed.D., programs to concentrate more on the practical skills required of district leaders. Such programs have emulated the structure of Ph.D. programs, despite the fact that they generally serve a different purpose. At…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Teamwork, Theory Practice Relationship, Policy Analysis
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2005
Educators from the United States flock to Edmonton, Alberta, a district in Canada where schools control 80% of the district's total budget. Education leaders from Chicago, Colorado, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Oakland, California, and the District of Columbia have all flocked to learn about Edmonton's experience with site-based management of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Schools, School Based Management, Elementary Secondary Education
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2005
While about half the states require high school students to pass tests to graduate, or have plans to do so, policymakers in the nation's smallest state have struck out on a path that values multiple ways of measuring achievement. This article reports on state rules adopted two years ago that require Rhode Island districts to design new graduation…
Descriptors: Graduation, Graduation Requirements, Student Attitudes
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2005
The backlash against the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was raised to a new level when Connecticut's attorney general announced that his state plans to sue the U.S. Department of Education over the testing mandates in the sweeping federal law. In announcing his intentions, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he was inviting other states to…
Descriptors: Testing, Compliance (Legal), Federal Legislation, State Departments of Education
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2005
When students put down their pencils at the end of Connecticut's testing each year, another intensive process begins. Hundreds of trained evaluators work day and night for about a month to score the written responses. Although expensive, the use of open-ended questions drives the kind of instruction that state leaders say they want in their…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Testing Programs, Federal State Relationship, Cost Effectiveness
Archer, Jeff – Education Week, 2005
Lots of districts like to think they have close-knit leadership teams. But few school leaders can say they've ironed their clothes together, which became a morning ritual for a group from San Francisco that spent a week at the Harvard Business School in Boston. Joined by similar teams from seven other large districts, they camped out in dorm-like…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Leadership, Public Education, Organizational Change
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