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Following is the transcript of President Reagan's Jan. 28 statement to the nation on the shuttle crash, as recorded by The New York Times.
Following is a list of the six astronauts killed aboard the space shuttle Challenger along with teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe.
In a July 22, 1985, interview on NBC-TV's "Today" show, Christa McAuliffe discussed her selection by NASA with Bryant Gumbel. Excerpts from the network's transcript follow:
President Reagan concluded his televised message on the death of the seven space-shuttle crew members last Tuesday with a poetic fragment that sent many viewers searching through literary references.
Despite growing public attention, the nation's liability-insurance crisis appears to be deepening, with officials from day-care centers, schools, and municipalities reporting in recent weeks that obstacles to affordable coverage remain formidable.
The State of Washington is not required by the First Amendment to deny vocational-rehabilitation funds to a blind college student who hopes to become a minister, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously last week.
A 650-member delegation from the National School Boards Association, meeting here Jan. 26-28, told members of the Congress that their handiwork could devastate public education at a time when many Americans are demanding an increased commitment to educational excellence.
Counseling can often make the difference in whether a student drops out of school or graduates and goes on to college, but the availability of high-quality guidance services varies widely, according to a preliminary report by a commission of the College Board.
Experts urged teachers and school officials meeting here last month to "seize the moment" created by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett's designation of this a the "Year of the Elementary School" to drive home the message that early schooling is critical to later development.
The new legislative year has not eased tensions over school funding between Washington State educators and Gov. Booth Gardner. The Governor made little mention of education reform in his state-of-the-state address last month, and he requested that the supplemental allocation for education be limited to $8.4 million to accommodate an increase in the number of children classified as handicapped.
How should educational quality be defined, and do industrialized nations differ in what they expect of their schools?
The recent drive to promote excellence in education and the accompanying cutbacks in federal funding due to the budget deficit predict a stormy passage ahead.
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