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The nation's governors have issued a dramatic challenge to educators: If schools will accept more accountability for their results, they can expect less regulation from above. That tradeoff lies at the heart of a 173- page document, Time for Results: The Governors' 1991 Report on Education, released here Aug. 23 on the eve of the governors' annual meeting.
WASHINGTON--Rising public concerns about the potent cocaine derivative "crack," the opening of schools, and the approach of mid-term elections have combined to place drug-abuse prevention high on the agenda of both the President and the Congress, as politicians return to the capital this week.
Teetering on the edge of fiscal default, Texas political leaders are eyeing the state's teacher-pension fund as a possible vehicle for avoiding a painful election-year tax increase
WASHINGTON--America's schools must turn their attention to the problems of the nation's underclass or risk the creation of an "educational third world" in our nation's cities, Ernest L. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, said in a speech before the National Press Club here last week.
Collaboration between schools and colleges is necessary to close the "artificial gap" that separates them and that keeps some students from attending college and causes others to enter college unprepared, a new report contends.
The Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy last week announced the formation of a 33-member planning group to help establish an independent national board that would set professional standards for a new form of teacher certification.
WASHINGTON--Children born during the "baby boomlet" of the past 10 years will help boost total enrollment in the nation's elementary schools by 330,000 students this academic year, according to the U.S. Education Department's annual "back-to-school" report.
When the cheerleaders and football team return to Phineas Banning High School in Los Angeles this month, they will find that a new exercise has been added to the athletic regimen: drug testing.
From a public-relations standpoint, the highlight of the First National Conference on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention may have been the unscheduled appearance by President Reagan on the conference's last day.
The Atlanta public schools violated the constitutional rights of a group of peace activists by denying them access to the city's 22 high schools, a federal district judge has ruled.
Americans rank drug use as the most important problem facing the public schools, knocking inadequate discipline from the No.1 spot for the first time in 15 years, according to results of the annual Gallup Poll on education.
HILTON HEAD, S.C.--The overwhelming majority of corporate leaders, as well as the American public in general, agree that improving public education would make a major difference in the United States' ability to compete in the world marketplace, according to results of a poll released here by the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy.
In their strongest bid yet for professional status for their members, the nation's teachers' unions have signaled their support for a national certification board, governed by teacher , that would set uniform standards for the profession.
CHICAGO--Delegates to the 69th convention of the American Federation of Teachers this summer approved the creation of a new "associate membership" category that the union's leaders say could substantially increase their ranks in the near future.
LOUISVILLE, KY.--Mary Hatwood Futrell, president of the National Education Association, arrived at her union's annual meeting as a lame duck but left with the option of running for a third two-year term.
The following are excerpts on selected topics from the N.E.A.'S 'An Open Letter to America on Schools, Students, and Tomorrow," and the A.F.T.'S "The Revolution that Is Overdue: Looking Toward the Future of Teaching and Learning. "
A federal district judge in Tennessee will hear closing arguments later this month in a controversial case that questions whether public-school students have a right to be shielded from textbooks that offend their religious beliefs.
The percentage of private-school students receiving federal Chapter 1 remedial services dropped by nearly 40 percent in the year following the U.S. Supreme Court's 1985 decision striking down the method used by most public-school systems for delivering such aid, a new survey has found.
Moderate House Republicans, aiming to break a "political gridlock" over the future of remedial education, have introduced a plan for restructuring the Chapter 1 program that abandons some controversial features of the Reagan Administration's voucher bill.
With the yearlong battle over federal tax revision apparently nearing its end, education officials are busy assessing what they stand to lose--and what they will save--in the final settlement.
Following is a summary of U.S. Supreme Court rulings from late June and July of interest to educators:
The Senate is expected this week to confirm President Reagan's nomination of William H. Rehnquist to succeed Warren E. Burger as Chief Justice of the United States.
The nation's largest organizations for teachers and principals have collaborated on a report that calls on high-school administrators and instructors to improve schooling through "cooperative action."
Secretary of Education William J. Bennett gave the nation's elementary schools a qualified vote of confidence last week, but said in a new report on the subject that curricular reform and greater involvement by parents were needed to strengthen this "deeply important" institution.
Within the next decade almost 50 I million children will pass through the doors of America's elementary schools. This year alone, in 80,000 elementary schools across the United States, 31 million boys and girls ' will be taught by 1.45 million teachers. By the middle of the 1990's, enrollments will nearly equal those of the "baby boom" years following World Warn.
Following is a summary, by Gov. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chairman of the National Governors' Association, of the organization's report "Time for Results: The Governors' 1991 Report on Education."
Strong leaders create strong schools. Research and common sense suggest that administrators can do a great deal to advance school I reform ....
Many colleges and universities do not have a systematic way to demonstrate whether student learning is taking place. Rather, learning-and especially developing abilities to utilize knowledge-is assumed to take place as long as students take courses, accumulate hours, and progress "satisfactorily" toward a degree.
The most startling thing that we found is that our nation's public school buildings represent a quarter- trillion-dollar investment, yet these facilities are often underused and poorly maintained ....
The most difficult thing about preparing this report was having to say to some of those who had done most for education that they had more to do .... But teaching reform remains on the governors' list of I things to do. We still face problems of both quality and quantity in the teacher work force ....
The United States spends more money per capita on education than any other industrialized nation. Next to defense and Social Security, education is the largest public portion of the gross national product.
Teaching and learning are serious business. Our nation sent out several education alarms over the last decade, and almost every state responded by initiating educationalreform measures. Many governors took leadership positions in ushering in the educational reforms. Now, we must take leadership roles in making policies to help at-risk children and youth succeed in meeting the new educational standards.
America is a land of choices. In virtually every area of our economic and private lives we have a smorgasbord of choice. We can choose among 100 breakfast cereals, 200 makes of aut& mobiles, 300 different church denominations. Thus, it is ironic that in this land of choice there is so little choice in the public-school system. Our task force believes that public education cannot, as presently structured, deal effectively with the nation's diversity and its demand for compulsory education.
Ever since “A Nation at Risk” was issued in 1983, I’ve been plagued by the nightmare that education reform will go the way of the hula hoop, the twist, and the Edsel. It’s awfully hard to keep Americans thinking about something that doesn’t lead to easy resolution, something that takes a long time to do thoroughly.
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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