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Higher Ed, Kenneth J. Cooper's column covering the Education Department, appears on The Post's Federal Page.

NAEP Results Create Confusion Over Reading Scores
Tuesday, September 25, 2001; Page A21
A report this month from the Brookings Institution indicates the gap in National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test scores may be narrowing, not widening.

A Good Report Card, Self-Administered
Tuesday, July 31, 2001; Page A21
Conservatives are steamed about the concessions  including the elimination of private school vouchers  made in President Bush's plan to overhaul federal education policy.

Paige Denies Retirement Rumors, Unhappiness With Bush
Thursday, June 28, 2001; Page A31
By all rights, it should be party time for Education Secretary Roderick R. Paige. A far-reaching revision in the federal role in education is moving toward final approval in Congress.

Education Audit Finds $450 Million Misused
Wednesday, April 4, 2001; Page A21
The Education Department mismanaged at least $450 million as the agency failed three consecutive audits during the final three years of the Clinton administration, the agency's inspector general told a House subcommittee yesterday.

Higher Ed: The Education Department
Monday, November 27, 2000; Page A19
The student loan industry has taken its competitor to court. The defendant: the Department of Education.

Higher Ed: The Education Department
Tuesday, October 31, 2000; Page A21
Education Secretary Richard W. Riley and his top deputies don't like it one bit, but the word "fraud" keeps popping up in connection with the department.

Higher Ed: The Education Department
Monday, October 9, 2000; Page A21
The Education Department has been having a few problems with counting.

Higher Ed: The Education Department
Tuesday, September 12, 2000; Page A33
The Education Department is reviewing a civil rights complaint that accuses the University of Michigan of discriminating against Native Americans.

Higher Ed
Thursday, July 20, 2000; Page A23
The government is supposed to be the ultimate protector of civil rights, so it's understandable that whenever federal employees believe they've been discriminated against on the job, they tend to air their strong feelings of hurt, anger and betrayal in public.

Schools' Next Cyber-Step: E-Literacy
Friday, June 9, 2000; Page A31
Four years ago, President Clinton had a master plan for technology in education: a computer in every classroom and every classroom wired to the Internet, computer training for all teachers and instructional software available to all students.

School Repair Bonds Draw Little Interest
Monday, May 22, 2000; Page A19
They're called "QZABs," which sounds like a new brand of Q Tips, but they're not. Qualified Zone Academy Bonds are the government's only answer so far for fixing the nation's crumbling school buildings.

Higher Ed: The Department of Education
Thursday, April 6, 2000; Page A21
Not many people outside the Education Department and the ivory tower have ever heard of FIPSE, as the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education is known in those circles.

House Panel Upset at U.S. Study on Texas
Tuesday, April 4, 2000; Page A27
A House committee yesterday demanded a copy of what it called an Education Department employee's report questioning the validity of rising Texas school test scores. But a department spokeswoman said officials are uncertain whether the document even exists.

Higher Ed: Department of Education
Thursday, March 9, 2000; Page A23
Do something about the nation's schools, the public has been demanding, and so the government has gotten busy opening new areas of federal aid and increasing the Education Department's budget.

Higher Ed: Department of Education
Thursday, February 3, 2000; Page A21
Civil rights monitors at the Education Department say Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) can go ahead with his plans to abolish affirmative action at the state's once-segregated colleges and attempt to preserve campus diversity by considering the high school class rank and social backgrounds of applicants, instead of their race and ethnicity.

Higher Ed: Department of Education
Tuesday, December 14, 1999; Page A37
If the Education Department has taken on an expansive role under President Clinton, much of the credit--or blame, depending on your political outlook--rightly belongs to his predecessor. At least so says Education Secretary Richard W. Riley.

Higher Ed: Department of Education
Thursday, November 18, 1999; Page A39
A year and a half ago, Florida reached a civil rights agreement with the Education Department to promote opportunities for minority students in the state's public colleges. The five-year pact, signed by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles (D), was an outgrowth of two decades of federal involvement in undoing what was once a strictly segregated system of higher education in the southern state.

Higher Ed: Department of Education
Friday, October 22, 1999; Page A31
The stylish, colorful banners in the hallways are the first clue that something different is happening in this government building. "Welcome to the Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs. Government's First Performance-based Organization. Serving our customers."

Higher Ed: Department of Education
Tuesday, September 28, 1999; Page A23
There are about 5 million classroom teachers in the country, hardly any of whom work for the federal government. But the Education Department is trying to do its part to raise the quality of the nation's teaching force.

Higher Ed: Department of Education
Tuesday, August 17, 1999; Page A13
School bond issues are usually a local matter, decided by school boards and, sometimes, voters. But the issue has crept into the tax bill passed by Congress earlier this month and is likely to figure in post-veto negotiations over a compromise version.

Fed Ed: Education Department
Thursday, July 15, 1999; Page A23
The revolving door between the ivory tower and government has spun many times, bringing to Washington such luminaries as Henry Kissinger and Daniel Patrick Moynihan from Harvard, George Shultz from Stanford and John Deutch from MIT.

Thursday, June 10, 1999; Page A27
Since being formed two decades ago, the Education Department has had a hard time securing its place in the government firmament because of traditional local control of schools and serial conservative challenges to the department's very existence. The second secretary of education, Terrel H. Bell, entitled his memoir "The Thirteenth Man" because he felt left out of the Reagan Cabinet. Two other Republican secretaries, William J. Bennett and Lamar Alexander, later urged abolition of the department they had led.

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