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The surprise proposal by the National Governors' Association that states consider taking over school districts found academically "bankrupt" has drawn attention to a policy that is likely to be widely debated in the coming year.
Reacting to what he called "startling" new survey findings, the head of the country's largest organization of science educators has indicated he is rethinking the emphasis of his organization's recently initiated program for certifying secondary-school science teachers.
In the mid-1970's, Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., launched a massive fundraising drive that by January 1980 had raised $50 million. Even so, the next year's tuition at the independent secondary school jumped 16 percent for boarding students and 14 percent for day students.
In a sweeping bipartisan measure that is expected to sail through the Congress before it adjourns next month, the House and Senate have reached a compromise to provide aid and services to an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 handicapped infants and preschool-age children.
Under an agreement that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the Columbus (Ohio) City School District and 12 neighboring suburban districts will begin sharing revenue and academic programs.
Education officials in California are mobilizing to stop a ballot initiative that would limit the salaries and benefits of thousands of teachers, school administrators, and other public employees.
Television dramas and news reports about suicide appear to trigger an increase in the number of teen-agers who take their own lives, according to two major new studies.
As part of an effort to improve the quality of precollegiate textbooks, the National Association of State Boards of Education has published a guide to textbook selection for state education policymakers.
Phi Delta Kappa, the professional education fraternity that produce Phi Delta Kappan magazine and the yearly Gallup Poll on education, plans to expand its role in the shaping of national education policy.
The analysis by the Hispanic Policy Development Project, released at a I House subcommittee hearing last week, examined data compiled by the U.S. Education Department in a follow- up survey of 12,199 students first questioned in 1980. The new survey, and a similar follow-up conducted in 1982, are part of the agency's longitudinal study of high-school students.
Education groups have generally applauded President Reagan's high-profile attack on illegal drugs and his proposal to expand federal support for drug-abuse-prevention programs in the schools.
Secretary of Education William J. Bennett last week called for a reaffirmation of "religious values ... in public life," while simultaneously attacking the "invidious sectarianism" of fundamentalists "who claim that their religious faith gives them a monopoly on political truth."
Students in grades 6-12 who have experimented with illegal drugs and alcohol most often used the substances in the home, not in school, a 17 -state survey released here last week indicates.
The Senate last week voted to cut funds for Indian education, approving a spending bill (H R 5234) that would allocate $62- I million for the program in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
Analysts at the U.S. Education Department are seeking-and receiving-a wealth of advice from educators, employers, and state officials as they prepare for a sweeping assessment of goals I and policies in vocational education.
House and Senate negotiators met last week in an effort to resolve their differences over a bill to control hazardous asbestos in an estimated 31,000 school buildings across the country.
The National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, which has provided limited services since March, will reopen Oct. 1 under new management.
House and Senate conferees have reached an agreement on a five-year reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 that would allow for spending at slightly above the current level.
At a career conference held recently in a large Massachusetts high school, the entire student body was asked, "How many of you are considering a career in teaching?" Out of 1,127 students, one hand went up.
At one point in The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield describes what went on in his prep-school speech class. The teacher warned the kids that whenever they gave a talk, they had to stick to their main idea.
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