News in Brief: A Washington Roundup

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Entertainment-Marketing Study

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice will team up on a new study on marketing practices in the entertainment industry, particularly efforts that promote violent images to children, President Clinton announced last week.

Federal officials are hoping the $1 million study will provide clues to recent outbursts of school violence. The study, which will scrutinize advertising efforts by companies that deal in entertainment, including video games, movies, and music, is part of a larger campaign by the White House to examine violence and young people.

The two agencies should look at whether violent material is being promoted in media venues where children make up large portions of the audience, as well as whether those advertisements attract youngsters, Mr. Clinton wrote in a June 1 letter to Attorney General Janet Reno.

The study is expected to be finished in 12 to 18 months.

--Joetta L. Sack

New National Education Goals Panel Members Named

The chairmen of the Republican and Democratic governors' associations are among the four state leaders recently named to serve two-year terms on the National Education Goals Panel.

Gov. Frank Keating of Oklahoma, who chairs the Republican Governors' Association, and Gov. Frank L. O'Bannon of Indiana, who chairs the Democratic Governors' Association, were named to the panel last month along with Republican Gov. Jim Geringer of Wyoming and Missouri Democratic state Sen. Stephen M. Stoll. The National Governors' Association named the new gubernatorial members; the National Conference of State Legislatures chose the legislative member.

The panel is a bipartisan group of federal and state leaders created in 1990 to measure and report progress toward achieving the national education goals adopted that year.

--Erik W. Robelen

Vol. 18, Issue 39, Page 20

Published in Print: May 26, 1999, as News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
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