September 4, 1985

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Stunned officials of public and private schools across the country this summer have confronted increases of up to 800 percent in the cost of renewing their liability insurance policies.
Mary Hatwood Futrell, president of the National Education Association, warned last week that teacher shortages occurring across the nation represent a “major crisis.” And she charged that some school districts and states are making “a mockery” of education reform by easing certification requirements and other standards to fill vacancies.
State-sponsored financial-aid programs to draw new talent into the teaching force among the first education-reform initiatives to win lawmakers' backing apparently have so far logged an uneven record of success.
As of the opening of schools this month, officials of the nation's teachers' unions are predicting that bargaining this season will result in salary increases exceeding the inflation rate and a drop-off in strike activity.
Local teachers' unions and school boards in several Illinois districts are learning that an influx of state funds for education does not necessarily produce harmonious contract negotiations--even if the funds were intended to boost teacher salaries.
Q&A with Mary Hatwood Futrell, president of the National Education Association.
With the backing of a regional foundation and the cooperation of a local school system, a group of four Minneapolis artists will test an unusual idea this fall: that teachers, like lawyers, should incorporate as a business and sell their services to clients-in this case, public schools.
A firm that turned the idea of teaching students how to take standardized college-entrance tests into a multi-million-dollar business will now offer its expertise to teachers facing similar examinations.
An advocacy group last week announced plans to sue Secretary of Education William J. Bennett for "willfully" failing to implement the recent U. S. Supreme Court decision barring public-school personnel from teaching Chapter 1 students in religious schools.
State directors of special education are worried that new guidelines being developed by the Education Department to help them monitor schools' compliance with the Education for All Handicapped Children Act will only add to the legal complexity of overseeing the law's implementation.
Congressional action is urgently needed to stem an “alarming” increase in the rate of defaults on federally guaranteed loans to college students, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett told House and Senate leaders last week.
President Reagan's Saturday radio address on Aug. 24 contained his "back-to-school" message, in which he urged that God "should never be expelled from our nation's classrooms" and that education should not be "value neutral" but emphasize the nation's "Judeo-Christian" traditions.
Although the total number of people living in poverty decreased last year, conditions for black and Hispanic children have become slightly worse, the Bureau of the Census reported last week.
The Education Department will drop its controversial requirement that colleges and universities verify that students receiving federal financial aid have registered for the draft, according to a recently released publication listing proposed federal regulations for the year.
Educators in Chicago and New York City are working with local health officials to draft guidelines for dealing with pupils who have acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
A Nebraska interest group representing small school districts and a state taxpayers' coalition have amassed more than 50,000 signatures in a petition drive to prevent the implementation of the state's controversial new law on school finance and consolidation.
National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers
Chief Justice Warren E . Burger of the U. S. Supreme Court is setting up a scholarship at his alma mater, Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul, to honor his former English teacher, Edna Moore.
Since 1955, Rudolf Flesch has been peddling his theory that all the problems in America's schools can be attributed to our failure to teach phonics.
Correction September 1985
A recent New York Times editorial observed that American infatuation with computer literacy is 'just another distraction from the failure to teach children the old-fashioned kind of literacy." Such skepticism rarely appears amid the current "computer revolution" in the schools.
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