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May 4, 2001 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks, lawmakers have wrestled with one of the toughest questions in their effort to produce an education reform bill: how to define a failing school. On Thursday, Senate negotiators from both major parties announced their answer as they unveiled a new version of the education bill and began a long-awaited floor debate on one of President Bush's priorities.
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NEWS
April 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Senate Democrats increased pressure on the White House to increase spending on education, warning they may hold up action on President Bush's school proposals until a dispute concerning funding is resolved. While White House and congressional negotiators have agreed on a wide range of policy changes to improve education, they remain far apart on funding for elementary and secondary education next year. Democrats are seeking an increase of $13 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First-grade teachers across the country spend very little time actually teaching academic skills, instead focusing on classroom management, according to a national study to be released today. The study, based on observations of 827 first-grade classrooms in 26 states, also found that there seems to be no uniform standard for what a proper first-grade instructional program should be.
NEWS
April 19, 2001 | From the Washington Post
President Bush, seeking to inject momentum into the impending Senate debate over his goal of reshaping the federal role in education, said Wednesday that he is making progress with Democrats on the "core principles" of his plan.
NEWS
April 16, 2001 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears in this space every Monday
With good reason, cries of alarm and despair erupted when the dismal results of the latest national reading exam for fourth-graders were released earlier this month. By contrast, few noticed when the outgoing Clinton administration in January released a comparably bleak assessment of Title I, the federal government's principal program to help low-income children perform better in school. Yet the two reports should be read in tandem.
NEWS
April 7, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND and MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
Test scores of the nation's weakest elementary school readers declined sharply over the last eight years even as the strongest readers showed solid gains, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education. The widening gap between the best and worst fourth-grade readers underscored the failure of a multibillion-dollar government investment to raise the woeful performance of the nation's lowest achievers, federal education officials said.
NEWS
April 7, 2001 | From Reuters
In a partial victory for President Bush's effort to introduce school vouchers, Senate and White House negotiators have agreed on a compromise education reform bill that would allow students in chronically failing schools to use federal funding for private tutoring. Hammered out by top Senate Republicans, Democrats and administration officials, the bill would also let students in failing schools transfer to another public school, congressional aides said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001
U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige toured South Park Elementary School in South Los Angeles this week, promoting President Bush's plan to beef up federal spending on education while requiring standards and testing to make states accountable. Paige gave a ringing endorsement to a suggestion in a recent article in Business Week magazine that Bush's goal is "every bit as audacious as Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty or John F. Kennedy's race to the moon."
NEWS
March 16, 2001 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She tells her kids daily: Don't be like me. She dropped out of eighth grade. Lives in a cruddy apartment, on welfare, all her rings long since lost to the pawnshop. Worst is the shame: She can't help her sixth-grade daughter with math homework because she doesn't know fractions. She has trouble spelling. Her grammar is bad. Reading can be a chore. At 32, she looks back and concludes: "I didn't do nothing with my life." Tracy Scarberry is determined that her children won't feel the same.
NEWS
March 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The education gap between Latinos and non-Latino whites is narrowing at the high school level but growing wider at the college level, the Census Bureau reported. The report said Latino adults are more than three times as likely as non-Latino whites to be high school dropouts. They are also nearly three times less likely to have college degrees. Overall, 57% of Latinos 25 and older are high school graduates, compared with 88% of non-Latino whites.
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