March 20, 1991

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Spending on school construction reached an all-time high of some $10 billion last year and is expected to remain at elevated levels throughout the decade, as school districts contend with rising student enrollments and deteriorating buildings.
"The Case of the Champion Egg Spinner" has finally been cracked.
In its final round of large settlements, the Manville Property Damage Settlement Trust announced this month that it is paying out $60.7 million in partial reimbursement to schools and other asbestos property-damage claimants.
Michigan school districts will soon be legally obligated to tell their students how they can have an abortion without the knowledge or consent of their parents.
Like any well-brought-up person, Nelson Ellis, the principal of Fyffe (Ala.) High School, knew just what to do when his school received the gift of a new gymnasium--write a thank-you note to the people who provided it.
Nearly two months after Lamar Alexander was first nominated, the Senate last week unanimously confirmed the former Tennessee Governor as the next Secretary of Education.
Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.
If the campaign of President Bush and the nation's governors for education reform is to proceed beyond the stage of lofty ideals, these leaders must confront directly the problem of securing equity in funding public schools.
In a Commentary in the Feb. 13, 1991, issue, the writer and former teacher Susan Ohanian took aim at the trend toward teaching "collaboratively" what are to her essentially solitary pursuits--reading and writing. The following response, written as an open letter to Ms. Ohanian, begins with reference to one example cited in the original essay, a group-centered writing workshop from which Ms. Ohanian made a hasty retreat--a retreat remarked upon by the group leader, "an earnest-looking type straight out of the L.L. Bean catalogue."
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