March 27, 1991

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A Maryland legislative proposal to lower the compulsory-school-attendance age from 6 to 5 has forced lawmakers to grapple with the complex web of factors that determine a child's readiness for school.
Although Jesse is trying to sever ties with his street gang, called Tepa, he is still considered the enemy when he traverses, the territory of a rival gang on his way to school.
In calling for sweeping changes in the management of college athletics, a blue-ribbon panel last week implored secondary-school athletic programs to join in the effort to re-establish the value of education in intercollegiate sports.
In a flurry of appearances during his first week on the job, Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander said that he supports expansion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress to allow for comparisons at the state and local levels, and that he favors choice policies that would allow private organizations to operate public schools.
Two top officials of the Education Department's office for civil rights last week defended before a Congressional panel a policy that declared race-based scholarships illegal under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The respected teacher, writer, and scholar Jacques Barzun issues in his latest book a broad-based "call for action" in education.
The education community, in its frenetic search for the new and the innovative, is sometimes guilty of overlooking the obvious. And its attention span can be short.
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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