January 22, 1986

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Just when states and school districts have begun to commit themselves to increasing students' "computer literacy," a growing number of dissenters are arguing that the emphasis on programming instruction typical of such efforts is misplaced.
Eight education deans belonging to the reform-minded Holmes Group Consortium have circulated a memorandum critical of the group's "wholesale adoption of a single approach" to teacher education.
As state legislatures around the nation convened this month and governors began to outline their budget priorities, the push to reform the nation's schools appeared to be holding its own, despite uneven economic conditions and the press of other concerns.
An Education Department contract that could bring a firm headed by the former chief of the agency's office for civil rights as much as $250,000 annually over the next three years may be unnecessary, contrary to Congressional intent, and ''politically tainted," an internal department memorandum charges.
A New York foundation is launching a $1-million program that will bring college and businesses together to help guide the "average" disadvantaged high-school student--who does well academically but lacks the necessary social and professional skills-toward productive career paths.
NASA officials reported last week that the launch date for the long-awaited teacher-in-space flight originally slated for Jan. 23-had been pushed back to the afternoon of Jan. 25.
The way Elmer Pritt of Rowlesberg, W.Va., tells it, the town's elementary- and high-school complex "ended up somewhere in Pennsylvania" after the Cheat River got through with it early last November.
WASHINGTON--Given the schools' "dismal" record in educating black students, the trend toward school-based child-care programs could harm black preschoolers by reinforcing educational and social inequalities, a national child-advocacy group argues in a new report.
This month marks the beginning of the 1986 legislative season in state capitols around the country. The following are summaries of the gubernatorial addresses that typically set the executive agenda for the year ahead. Some state-of-the-state messages delivered last week will be covered in next week's "State Capitols" section.
Secretary of Education William J. Bennett has delivered a surprisingly harsh indictment of the nation's two main teachers' unions.
Many American textbooks gloss over "the intrinsic nature of totalitarian governments" and seem to be written by authors "unable or unwilling to make crucial distinctions" between the United States and the Soviet Union, Undersecretary of Education Gary L. Bauer told a group of publishers last week.
Secretary of Education William J. Bennett reportedly does not regret that he gave an interview to John Lofton, a prominent conservative columnist, who lived up to his reputation for baiting his subjects in a recently published dialogue with the Secretary.
A report prepared for state officials projects that the states and territories would lose more than $900 million in federal funds in fiscal 1986 and more than $6 billion in fiscal 1987 as a result of the new Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit-reduction law.
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Excerpt from Gov. Richard F. Celeste's Jan. 8 message to lawmakers.
Delegate at the National Collegiate Athletic Association's annual convention in New Orleans last week rejected measures that would change new freshman-eligibility rules set to go into effect next fall on 284 campuses with highly competitive sports programs.
In his landmark "Letter From Birmingham Jail," the man whose memory we honor today, Martin Luther King, distinguished between a just and an unjust law.
There is perhaps no domain of education in which evaluation of student learning is currently in greater disarray than in the arts.
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