September 17, 1986

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A group of Boston business leaders announced last week a plan that will guarantee to every high-school graduate in the city the financial resources for college and a job after college graduation.
As the nation prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution next September, educators and civic leaders are taking steps to make schools a major focus of the year's events.
WASHINGTON--"Schools Without Drugs," a 78-page compendium of information and advice on how to "slam the schoolhouse door" on drugs, was to be released Sunday by the Education Department to coincide with a nationwide address on the problem by the President and Mrs. Reagan.
More than a dozen legal actions have been filed recently against California school districts as lawyers seek to test the limits of the state's unique "safe schools" constitutional amendment.
A federal district judge is expected to decide in the coming months whether the St. Louis Board of Education violated teachers' rights last spring when it became the first in the nation to base teacher-employment decisions, in part, on student test scores.
WASHINGTON--Over the opposition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Senate last week adopted a bill to control hazardous asbestos in the nation's schools.
The U.S. Education Department has said it will respond this week to allegation of conflict of interest involving the distribution of information on testing through a publiclyf unded information clearinghouse operated by the Educational Testing Service under a department contract.
The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the state has done enough to reduce financial inequalities between poor and affluent school districts, as the court ordered it to do 10 years ago.
A group of parents in Fort Wayne, Ind., has charged in a suit in federal district court that the city's elementary schools have maintained a policy of segregating black and white students.
Despite increasing national concern over the decline in college-going rates among minorities, they continue to be underrepresented in higher education, according to a new report by the American Council on Education.
A special session of the Alabama legislature called by Gov. George C. Wallace last week to address the state's $115-million revenue shortfall will raise only "an insignificant amount" of money for education, according to a spokesman for the Governor.
A proposed multistate lottery is getting a less-than-enthusiastic response from some educators, despite claims that the game would be a lucrative source of revenue for schools and other social programs in participating states.
From New York, where the Carnegie Corporation has formed a panel on issues of adolescence to Los Angeles, where school-board members are considering an elementary-school program to combat gang behavior, the problem that put young people" at risk" for failure in school and life are rising in prominence on the policymaking agenda.
When U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett called this month for a "revolution" in the way science is taught to elementary school children, he echoed themes being advanced with increasing urgency by science educators across the country.
Inspired by Eugene M, Lang's famous, spur-of-the-moment offer to send 51 Harlem children to college, Dallas philanthropist kicked off a campaign last week to do the same for 1,000 or more Dallas youths.
Nine out of 10 local school-board presidents and superintendents say the working relationship between the board of education and superintendent in their district is "good" or "excellent," a new survey has found.
The Senate has approved a $19- billion bill to pay for federal education programs in fiscal 1987, including increases for Chapter 1 compensatory education. handicapped programs, vocational and adult education, and Pell Grant to undergraduates.
WASHINGTON--As the two-year battle over federal-tax revision nears its climax in Congress, officials in all but a handful of states are examining the future of their own revenue systems-and finding themselves faced with a host of uncertainties.
The Rhode Island Education Department has agreed to strict limits on the use of federal block. grants to buy equipment for parochial schools-a model that could spread to other states as a way of ensuring that I the funds are spent for secular purposes.
WASHINGTON--The Senate began debate last week on William H. Rehnquist's nomination to be Chief Justice of the United States amid charges that the associate justice is biased against women and minorities.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration last week completed development of a five year plan aimed at expanding the agency's support for the teaching of aerospace and space sciences in the nation's classrooms.
WASHINGTON-Representatives from 270 outstanding public and private elementary schools in 44 states and the District of Columbia were honored at a White House ceremony Friday, capping Secretary of Education William J . Bennett's "Year of the Elementary School."
When the Carnegie Fbrum on Education and the Economy published A NatWn Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century, it made no secret of its intent to transform the schools. Past reform efforts have failed largely because they ignored the crucial role of the teachers.
American education in the 20th century has been full of buzz words. They represent voguish panaceas that, originating locally, develop into nationwide manias.
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