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The complaints were filed Jan. 16 in federal district courts against the school boards of Franklin, N.J., and Ankeny, Iowa, and against their asbestos-removal contractors.
The Education Department this month began circulating a proposal for a radical restructuring of its national statistics-gathering system for precollegiate education.
Gov. William A. O'Neill of Connecticut will formally propose a $19,300 minimum statewide salary for teachers next month and a companion program that could raise the pay for veteran teachers with a master's degree to twice that amount.
John E. Jacob, president of the National Urban League, last week announced "a nationwide effort to achieve specific, measurable changes in the educational outcomes of black children, ... an unprecedented national campaign that will include every one of our 113 affiliates."
Independent private schools have been able to amass more than twice as many computers per student as public schools, according to a study released this month by the National Association of Independent Schools.
Youth-gang activity, a growing problem in many American cities, can be controlled only by coordinated action on a variety of fronts, participants in a workshop at the U.S. Conference of Mayors were told here last week.
Textbook publishers have a short-term opportunity to capitalize on the new interest in curriculum and instruction generated by the reform movement, according to a leading authority on trends in schooling.
Students attending Roman Catholic schools score above the national average on standardized reading-proficiency tests, according to a study by the National Catholic Educational Association.
Gov. George Wallace urged in his state-of-the-state address this month that lawmakers "resist the temptation to appropriate more than is available" for education. And he warned that he would order an across-the-board cut in already-appropriated funds effective Oct. 1 if the budget legislators pass is too large.
Alaska's small village high schools, most of which were built to comply with a 1976 court order, have had a dramatic impact on graduation rates in the state's remote rural areas.
Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York City, who is seeking to expand his control over the city's board of education, has come under fire for removing the only Hispanic member of the board, Miguel Martinez, and replacing him with Richard I. Beattie, a white lawyer.
The head of a leading private-school group is spearheading a drive aimed at creating a nationwide public- service advertising campaign to promote teaching as a profession.
The Cleveland Board of Education and Alfred D. Tutela, the administrator who ran the school district following the Jan. 26, 1985, suicide of former Superintendent of Schools Frederick D. Holliday, have sued each other over whether Mr. Tutela can continue working for the school system.
The 99th Congress returned for its second session last week, faced with the unhappy election-year task of having to either sharply reduce federal spending or raise taxes--or both.
The U.S. Supreme Court has added to its docket yet another case involving religion in public schools, agreeing to rule on the rights of teachers under civil-rights laws to receive paid leave for religious purposes.
The National Endowment for the Humanities, reversing a policy established by its former chairman, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, has reluctantly agreed to comply with statutes requiring it to set numerical goals and timetables annually for recruiting women and minorities.
In a Reagan Administration effort to track down the relatively few eligible college students who have failed to register for the military draft, the Education Department will provide the Selective Service System with the names of financial-aid applicants, federal officials said last week.
Some 91,000 college students will lose their eligibility for Pell Grants this year because of Education Department cuts mandated by the Congress's deficit-reduction plan, according to department spokesmen.
The Florida Board of Regents, which oversees the state's university system, has revised its new college-admissions standards, following criticism by members of Gov. Robert Graham's Cabinet that the proposed standards unfairly excluded vocational-education courses.
The Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed a long-expected ban on asbestos in the manufacture of most consumer products and a "phase-out" of remaining uses for the mineral over the next 10 years.
Declines in the college-age population between now and 1995 make it "especially important" for the nation to remove barriers that keep women and minorities from entering the scientific and engineering professions.
If only in their own defense, public colleges and universities must take the lead in educating their students about the special place of public schools in American society and the very real crisis in American education.
What killed educational reform? Nothing--it was dead on arrival.
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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