News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Tirozzi To Take Top Job at NASSP
Gerald N. Tirozzi, the Department of Education's assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, will leave the post in March to join the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Mr. Tirozzi will be the executive director of the Reston, Va.-based group. The NASSP represents 42,000 high school and middle school educators. The group has had to contend over the past year with a shortfall in its employee pension fund and a shakeup in its executive ranks. ("Departures, Budget Woes Roil NASSP," March 18, 1998.)
President Clinton has not yet nominated a replacement for Mr. Tirozzi, who directs department policy on K-12 education. The next Congress is set to reauthorize many of the department's elementary and secondary education programs next year.
In a Nov. 16 statement, Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley called Mr. Tirozzi an able leader. "His tireless commitment to improving educational opportunities and his passionate voice for reforming our schools has been an inspiration to all of us," Mr. Riley said.
Math-Tutoring Effort Launched
The Department of Education is following a familiar blueprint in its campaign to improve American children's mathematics achievement.
This month, the department announced America Counts, a project modeled after the 2-year-old America Reads initiative. Similar to America Reads, the new effort will recruit adults to tutor K-9 students in math and offer colleges incentives to assign students in work-study programs to one-on-one math-instruction projects with elementary and middle school youngsters. The department will work closely with the National Science Foundation to publicize how employers, nonprofit organizations, and schools can best create math-tutoring programs.
--David J. Hoff
Clinton Signs School Measures Into Law
President Clinton recently signed the Charter Schools Expansion Act of 1998, which authorizes $100 million for the planning, design, and implementation of charter schools.
Late last month, Mr. Clinton also signed a bill reauthorizing Head Start for five years. The Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998 focuses on improving Head Start's quality instead of expanding the 33-year-old early-childhood program. Mr. Clinton also recently signed a bill providing $210 million for school safety programs and another measure designed to fortify federal child-nutrition programs and make them easier to administer.
Finally, on Oct. 31, Mr. Clinton signed legislation aimed at strengthening the integration of vocational and academic education programs. The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Amendments of 1998 mandates that 85 percent of federal vocational education funding be distributed at the local level, instead of the current 75 percent.
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