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Apr 2004

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Cover Story

Forget for a moment several parts of No Child Left Behind. Forget whether you think the federal government has the right to hold states accountable for how they educate students. Forget whether you think a series of tests is the best way to make sure the nation's children are learning what they need to know.

Features

Making a Tech Plan: Checking It Twice

Most schools are safe places. But pockets of violence continue to cast a dark shadow over some buildings. So far this school year, as of mid-March, 40 people died in school-associated deaths, exceeding the number of school deaths for the past two years combined.

Forget for a moment several parts of No Child Left Behind. Forget whether you think the federal government has the right to hold states accountable for how they educate students. Forget whether you think a series of tests is the best way to make sure the nation's children are learning what they need to know.

Columbine. The word once brought visions of a beautiful white and lavender flower. Now it is synonymous with tragedy and cold-blooded killing.

Each year, thousands of immigrant students stream into schools across the country, barely knowing enough English to patch a sentence together. But within months, many of these students are faced with the challenge of taking a district or state standardized test.

Opinion

When an unsuspecting Chicago-area teacher recently got a surprise call from a merchant in New York about an online purchase he had never made, he discovered someone else was using his credit card number.

Solutions

A growing body of research links high-quality school library programs to higher reading scores for students. The most convincing studies are careful to account for the impact of community conditions such as school affluence or parents' educational levels. They also control for school characteristics like teacher-pupil ratio and per-pupil expenditures. Statewide studies of this type, led by researcher Keith Curry Lance, concluded library media variables alone explained 2 percent to 8 percent of the variation in reading test scores in three states (see chart).

This financial whiz with an educational heart of gold has earned the respect of colleagues near and far

There are many things Principal George Albano can't do. He can't walk through the brightly colored halls of Lincoln Elementary in Mount Vernon, N.Y., without virtually talking to every other teacher, lightly touch a shoulder in a warm gesture and explain the staff member's "never-missed-a-day-of-school" dedication.

He can't oversee carpeted classrooms without waving to students who look for his smile and compliments on their work.

Briefings

Paige's Slip of Tongue Leaves Bad Taste

When U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige called the National Education Association a "terrorist organization" in late February, it prompted the NEA leader to ask for Paige's resignation.

Departments

When I first heard John Goodlad's speech at February's AASA conference, I was too surprised to really consider it.

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