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A controversial court settlement that would have required Alabama to completely revamp its tests for teacher certification to prevent discrimination against blacks was thrown out of court last week by the same federal judge who had initially approved it.
Reporters here witnessed a preview of the upcoming debate over the fiscal 1987 education budget last week, as higher-education representatives, saying the Reagan Administration was ''living in a dream world," engaged in an impromptu clash with Education Department officials on the sidewalk outside their office building.
The Reagan Administration's fiscal 1987 budget proposes sharp cuts in aid for vocational and higher education, but increased funds for education research and efforts to improve teaching.
The Education Department's plan to overhaul the way it funds bilingual education has set off a politically charged debate that extends beyond issues of educational effectiveness.
Gov. Robert Graham of Florida last week proposed an overhaul of the state's troubled master-teacher program that would convert it into a five-rung career-ladder system.
A group of exemplary school administrators told a gubernatorial task force late last month that more money and less regulation would improve school management.
In an unprecedented attempt to block a lawsuit challenging the legality of its school-finance system, the Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that prevents the use of public funds to contest its appropriations.
School-bus contracts in New York City are held by companies linked to organized crime, a former mob lawyer has told a federal commission.
Acting in the nation's most closely watched school-desegregation case, a federal appeals court ruled late last week that the Norfolk, Va., public-school district may abandon its 14-year-old busing plan in favor of a system of neighborhood schools.
A decision to close Roman Catholic High School, the oldest Catholic Diocesan high school for boys in the United States, could come as early as this week after years of enrollment declines and financial crises.
Paralyzing spinal injuries to high-school and college football players have declined significantly since the adoption of rules banning head-first tackling, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Sports Medicine Center.
More than 20 school districts in Idaho canceled classes on the last Friday in January, as several thousand educators and their supporters marched on the Capitol in Boise to protest what one characterized as a "crumbling educational infrastructure."
In the wake of December's terrorist attacks in the Rome and Vienna airports, and because of concern about adequate liability insurance, a growing number of school boards nationwide are postponing or canceling student trips abroad.
President Reagan focused not only upon the family as the nation's "moral core" but on children themselves in his annual State of the Union address last week.
Moderate House Republicans are crafting their own bill to provide remedial-education vouchers to disadvantaged students.
Sally B. Kilgore, one of the authors of a controversial 1981 study that asserted the superiority of private schools, has been named director of research for the Education Department's office of educational research and improvement.
President Reagan’s budget for fiscal 1987 proposes to change laws governing federal child-nutrition programs, which include the school-lunch and breakfast programs, to produce cuts of about $775 million.
Under the Administration's 1987 budget proposal for the major federal job-training program, nearly half of the Job Corps centers nationwide would be closed and the summer youth-employment program would be scaled down.
Secretary of Education William J. Bennett's plan for a $75-million program "to improve the quality of the teaching profession" marks an apparent change of thinking for him on the appropriate federal role in teacher education.
The U.S. Supreme Court last month overturned a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that 54 California school districts had contended would collectively cost them millions of dollars in federal impact aid.
Efforts to prepare urban teachers to take advantage of computer technology are hampered by tight district budgets, a trend toward top-down, short-term teacher training, and a lack of information on how computers can best meet the needs of minorities and the poor, according to a new report.
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Teachers of Bible classes in the Mercer County, W. Va., schools will be paid the same salary as other teachers in the school system beginning this month, as part of the district’s effort to meet guidelines issued in October by the state attorney general.
Undersecretary of Education Gary L. Bauer has cited comments on the Education Department's regulatory proposals as evidence of "widespread public support for the cornerstones of our initiative" on bilingual education: greater flexibility for school districts and an earlier emphasis on teaching English skills to language-minority students.
The National Advisory and Coordinating Council on Bilingual Education, despite an acrimonious debate over its mission, has united behind a legislative proposal by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett to increase federal funding for alternatives to transitional bilingual education.
Over the past three and a half years, members of the National Urban Coalition staff have been visiting predominantly black and Hispanic urban schools and consulting with parents, community and business leaders, college and university officials, and political representatives.
There are many villains in the morality plays written by contemporary educational reformers, but among those most often given center stage are teacher-preparation programs.
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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