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Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2006
This article deals with an initiative embarked upon by the government of France one year after widespread youth violence broke out in many disadvantaged communities in France. The initiative is aimed at adapting its 25-year-old "priority education" program to a landscape that has dramatically changed. The initiative is the centerpiece of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged Youth, Violence, Educational Change
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2006
After violence in poor immigrant neighborhoods shook the country last year, France responded by focusing more resources on schools facing the most pressing disadvantages. This article discusses on a project dubbed as "ambition reussite" or ambition success, which refocuses the extra resources granted to needy schools under France's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged, Aspiration
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
When teachers at Thomas Gardner Elementary School voted in fall 2003 to join Boston's network of "pilot" schools, they had no inkling of the political firestorm that lay ahead. A few months after they moved to become part of the city's nationally watched experiment with small, autonomous public schools, the president of the Boston Teachers Union…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Restructuring, Pilot Projects, Charter Schools
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
Young people have long sported T-shirts that schools wish they'd leave at home. Legal fights have been waged in recent years, for example, over shirts about guns, abortion, the Confederate battle flag, and the war in Iraq. But at a time when gay rights remains a divisive and unsettled issue nationally, a recent spate of disputes over T-shirts on…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Court Litigation, Freedom of Speech, Student Rights
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
With the nation's charter sector now encompassing some 3,200 schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia, shutdowns have become more common occurrences in the past few years. As estimated one in every 10 charter schools has now closed its doors, up from only about 4 percent four years ago. Most authorizers who take their responsibilities…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Sanctions, Charter Schools, School Closing
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
When it comes to the legal fight over special education that they have waged for the past seven years, Jocelyn S. and Martin P. Schaffer and their Maryland school district don't agree on much. But the two sides do see eye to eye on this: With the U.S Supreme Court's decision to review the Schaffers' case, the dispute suddenly has the potential to…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Related Services (Special Education), Student Placement, Parent Responsibility
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
In this article, the author discusses a school improvement model, First Things First, developed by James P. Connell, a former tenured professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in New York. The model has three pillars for the high school level: (1) small, themed learning communities that each keep a group of students together…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Instructional Improvement, Models, Educational Improvement
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
Teachers and coaches who suffer reprisals for complaining about illegal sex discrimination against their students will be able to sue their school districts for damages, under a ruling by a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court. The 5-4 ruling held that the federal law that bars discrimination based on sex in federally financed education programs…
Descriptors: Social Discrimination, Federal Legislation, School Districts, Civil Rights
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
This article examines what some people see as flaws in the transfer policy provision of the No Child Left Behind law. Advocates of the policy are calling for providing schools with incentives to accept transfers and for giving parents more time, information, and options, among other changes. States need to hold districts' feet to the fire, those…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Transfer Policy, School Choice
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
Private foundations can play a critical, catalytic role in changing American public education for the better, but they could and should be getting more bang for their bucks than they are right now. This article reports on a diverse collection of research papers that aims to shed unprecedented light both on the scope of contemporary education…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Donors, School Choice
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
When cobbling together the landmark No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, Congress quietly tacked on an unusual provision that says the law does not require states or school districts "to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under this act." Little noticed at the time and lifted directly from an earlier version of the law enacted…
Descriptors: Presidents, Courts, Costs, Federal Legislation
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2005
Even before a single student had signed up for High Tech High School, the founders of the new charter school on San Diego Bay knew they did not want that first school to be their last. They wanted to affect more children. To that end, Larry G. Rosenstock, the founding principal of the highly regarded 5-year-old school, and other leaders of the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Organizational Change, School Restructuring, Educational Development
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2004
A draft report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education concludes that far too little is known about the prevalence of sexual misconduct by teachers or other school employees, but estimates that millions of children are being affected by it during their school-age years. The report, authored by Charol Shakeshaft, a university-based expert…
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Politics of Education, Incidence, Laws
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2004
In this article, the author presents Howard L. Fuller, a former Milwaukee superintendent who is now a leading national advocate of school choice. His 2002 study found that compared with students in the city's public schools a slightly lower percentage of youngsters in voucher schools in 2001-02 were in "racially isolated" settings. In general, the…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Vouchers, Low Income Groups, School Desegregation
Hendrie, Caroline – Education Week, 2004
Prodded by an outpouring of philanthropic and federal largess, school districts and even some states are downsizing public high schools to combat high dropout rates and low levels of student achievement, especially in big- city school systems. For longtime proponents of small schools, the upswell in support for their ideas is making for heady…
Descriptors: High Schools, Small Schools, School Restructuring, Educational Change
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