July 31, 1991

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Washington--When President Bush stepped into the Rose Garden this month to launch the group that he hopes will spur the radical transformation of the nation's schools, the entourage that preceded him included neither the Congressional leaders who must approve the plan nor the educators who must implement it.
Washington--Evidence is mounting that the Bush Administration has abandoned its opposition to federal funding for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards--a shift that would greatly improve the odds that the board will receive new infusions of federal money.
Arlington, Tex.--Exerting economic muscle to advance science-education reform nationwide, officials from California and Texas have agreed to "send a common message" to educational publishers by jointly adopting science textbooks.
Los Angeles--Two-and-a-half years ago, a Princeton University undergraduate named Wendy S. Kopp wrote a senior thesis that raised its share of professorial eyebrows.
The drive to create some form of national assessment system moved into high gear this month, as two groups began work on putting their plans into action and a third outlined its testing agenda.
Washington--Classroom instruction should begin to focus heavily on teamwork, budgeting, explanation, and computer use, argues a report by a Labor Department commission on the skills needed to survive in the modern workforce.
The country's big-city school districts are having to make hard choices this summer as the recession causes many of their traditional sources of funding to run dry.
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service says that about 125 Mexican children who have been crossing the border to attend public schools in a New Mexico town must obtain student visas before returning to class this fall.
The Educational Publishing Group, an enterprise launched last year to help corporations support employees' involvement in education, has expanded its operations to include a Spanish-language outreach program.
The following excerpts from James A. Michener on the Social Studies give a sampling of the range and freshness of this best-selling author's thoughts over almost 50 years on the subject matter he taught in high school and in college, and later found a global audience for in his books.
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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