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As part of its effort to balance the federal budget through a second round of funding cuts, the Reagan Administration is recommending an additional $74-million reduction in the impact-aid program.
Changes in the national school-lunch program being called for by the Reagan Administration may result in new paperwork requirements for administrators, more stringent application procedures for free or reduced-price meals, and, possibly, less nutritious meals for students.
Elisabet O. Orville will spend six weeks this school year teaching her 10th-grade biology students how to write.
U.S. Asks Court to Stop Busing Plans in Washington Cities
Parents of Epileptics Sue to Get Children Into Special Classes
Vocational Programs Gain in Popularity, but Financing Lags
The Ford Foundation, whose $30-million investment was the driving force behind most of the school-finance reforms of the 1970's, is easing out of the field.
Officials in several states, responding to the idea that education decisions must be responsive to community needs and aspirations, are paying close attention to programs in California, Florida, and South Carolina that have placed parents at the center of decision-making in local schools.
In an action intended to "alert" the Federal Communications Commission to the lack of educational programming for children on commercial television, the Washington Association for Television and Children (WATCH), an independent watchdog group, has filed petitions with the commission to deny license renewals to the three network affiliates in the Washington area on the grounds that they have not fulfilled their obligations to children.
Baltimore--City school officials here are putting the final touches on a sweeping five-year plan for the nation's eighth-largest school system--a plan that reads like a summary of the latest concepts in American urban education.
Minority enrollments in independent schools increased significantly last year, according to the National Association of Independent Schools.
Faced with rising costs and shrinking budgets, a small but growing number of rural school systems are turning to a four-day school week to save energy and preserve programs that might otherwise be cut.
Washington--The nation's education schools are in trouble. The criticism comes from within and without, and questions the purpose, the effectiveness, and even the viability of the some 1,335 education schools and programs in colleges and universities across the country.
Washington--The Reagan Administration strategy for enacting additional reductions in 1982 federal spending emerged on Capitol Hill last week, and observers were predicting it would create a power struggle between the President and Congress similar to that surrounding the "omnibus" budget bill last summer.
The U.S. Department of Education is considering major changes in its vocational-education programs that would give increased authority to the states and would address the nation's need for "economic revitalization."
In September 1980, George Arnold, a former schoolteacher, converted a spare room in his mother's house in Malta, Mont., into a one-room private school and began holding daily instruction for his 15-year-old son, Derick, much to the consternation of local school officials. Mr. Arnold set up shop in his mother's home after the state attorney general said it was illegal for him to teach Derick under his own roof.
After weeks of threats and counterthreats, teachers in Philadelphia and Boston voted to strike last week. The powerful 22,000-member Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) walked out last Tuesday, while a divided Boston Teachers Union (BTU) voted the day before to strike on Sept. 21 if its demands are not met.
Children in Vermont who are habitually absent from school can be removed from their parents' custody and placed in foster-care programs under a juvenile-justice code revision recently approved by the state's legislature.
Nearly two years of participant observation in an urban high school that is 47 percent black an has diverse ethnic and social class composition has convinced me that the increasingly legalistic character of public education is a shift of profound dimensions.
Attacks on the public schools have not gone away. Charges come from the vitriolic right and a critical left, from taxpayers and senior citizens, from segregationists and desegregationists, humanists and anti-humanists, business leaders, parents of students in private schools, the media, and colleagues in higher education.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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