January 25, 1984

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Hunt Valley, Md--The newly reconstituted U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, following two days of often heated debate, opened the way last week for a reassessment of its existing policies on school desegregation, bilingual education, and a host of other education-related topics.
On Jan. 21, 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the case of Lau v. Nichols that set in motion far-reaching changes in the ways educators viewed and treated non-English-speaking students. This report, the second in a series, examines what transpired in the district where Lau began.
Responding to President Reagan's call for "good, old-fashioned discipline," educators said last week that they welcomed the attention to the problems of student behavior but that the President's proposed initiatives represent a "very, very narrow" approach to a complex phenomenon.
Texas education officials said last week that the State Board of Education's rejection this month of two amendments to its guidelines for the adoption of biology textbooks had been misreported by the press.
Research and Reports; Onion Cures, Old Recipes, and Rules for Teachers; Quizmaster
Alabama's superintendent of education, Wayne Teague, began stumping the state last week in a series of 16 public hearings to promote his education-reform plan.
Springfield, Ill.--State Superintendent of Education Donald G. Gill has proposed a $3-billion budget for fiscal 1985 that includes a $19.6-million jump in funding for a master-teacher program.
Citing the need for a conference to address instructional issues raised by the "excellence" movement, the College Board and the Far West Laboratory in San Francisco have announced that they will convene a three-day conference in mid-March aimed at presenting the "best" information and ideas on improving education.
Davis, Calif--When matched for background factors and ability, California's public-school students hold their own with private-school students in reading and mathematics, according to a recent study by a researcher here at the University of California.
Washington--After experiencing dramatic growth in the 1960's and 1970's, the total real value of student aid dropped by 21 percent during the early 1980's, a new report from the College Board has found.
Last September, Gov. Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey became the first governor in the nation to propose that his state permit college graduates without degrees from schools of education to teach in the public schools. The idea had been suggested to Mr. Kean by Commissioner of Education Saul Cooperman.
St. Louis school-district officials have decided not to accept money for youth programs under the federal Job Training Partnership Act because they would have been required to make significant--and, they said, harmful--changes in existing pre-employment and training efforts for their high-school students.
Washington--The Supreme Court ruled last week that it is legal to use video recorders to tape television programs for personal use, but legal experts said the decision will have little immediate effect on the use of such recorded material in the schools.
Hunt Valley, Md--Unlike most of her colleagues on the reconstituted U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Esther G. Buckley rarely entered the fierce debate over new directions for the fact-finding agency during its first meeting here last week.
Mr. Justice Douglas delivered the opinion of the Court.
To address the rising dropout rate among the state's high-school students, public and private agencies in Oregon have independently focused their efforts over the years on alternative-education and training programs for "at-risk" young people--those troubled teenagers least ready for the world of work.
The Members of The Civil-Rights Commission
Media Column
The first two reports from a series of studies on the use of new technology in programs for handicapped students suggest that special educators should play a more active role in planning, monitoring, and evaluating computer hardware and software for handicapped students.
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, who retired from the U.S. Navy in 1982 after 63 years of service and who was active in the school-reform movement following Sputnik, is taking a personal interest in the science training of high-school students.
Ivan B. Gluckman's "Students and Teachers v. School" (Education Week, Nov. 2, 1983) is a fascinating study of the problem of litigation against school districts, but not for the reasons he may think.
Letters to the Editor
Despite the less-than-splashy title ("State Education Statistics--State Performance Outcomes, Resource Inputs and Population Characteristics, 1972 and 1982"), the latest federal education "report" has attracted an extraordinary amount of attention.
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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