October 2, 1991

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CATLETTSBURG, KY.---William R. Scott must rise from the lunch table to tell the story of a long-ago elementary-school field day.
WASHINGTON--The process began the evening Roy Romer was tapped to chair the panel that would report progress on the nation's education goals.
WASHINGTON--Emphasizing the need to "reintroduce" civics education into the nation's schools, two national groups last week released a comprehensive blueprint for teaching the subject in kindergarten through 12th grade.
WASHINGTON--American students in 1990 had regained much of the ground they had lost in the 1970's and 1980's and were achieving at roughly the same level as students 20 years earlier, a new study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress has found.
WASHINGTON--The first "report card" on the national education goals contains a few passing grades, several failures, and many incompletes.
Life imitated art--or at least Bart--with uncanny accuracy recently at a Eugene, Ore., junior-high school.
Gov. Cecil D. Andrus of Idaho has unveiled a five-point school-reform plan that, he says, can be funded with money saved by across-the-board budget cuts.
Ten percent of Missouri's 541 school districts could be bankrupt by next summer if the state is forced to take $35 million from school aid to fund court-ordered desegregation costs, education officials have told the state school board.
The first head of New York City's School Construction Authority will step down this month after a series of policy disputes placed him at odds with Chancellor Joseph A. Fernandez.
The number of blacks graduating from high school and college increased during the 1980's, according to a new Census Bureau report, although the gap between the number of blacks and whites who attend college did not close.
Bay Area educators and community groups are concerned that a new nondiscrimination policy designed to prevent the Boys Scouts of America from providing instruction in San Francisco schools may have the effect of banning a wide range of volunteer groups from the classroom.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, who as Dr. Seuss delighted generations of children and adults alike with his best-selling hooks, died in his sleep last week at his home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 87 years old.
As Reba N. Page penned the final pages of her doctoral dissertation in 1984, she began looking ambivalently toward her future. After more than 10 years of high-school teaching, she had decided to give up her career as an educational practitioner for the far more unsteady life of an educational researcher.
As early as the 3rd grade, girls have less confidence than boys in their mathematical ability, a study by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles has found.
Anne L. Bryant, executive director of the A.A.U.W. Educational Foundation, spoke with Associate Editor Robert Rothman about the current state of research on the issue of gender and schooling
The Tomas Rivera Center, a public-policy research center that focuses on the concerns of Chicanos and Latinos in the United States, has launched a pilot project to increase the number of Hispanic teachers in the Southwest.
The Exxon Education Foundation has awarded more than half a million dollars to the Orange County, Fla., public schools to help train K-3 teachers to become mathematics specialists.
School-bus drivers in Boston went on strike last week, leaving some 27,000 students to find their own way to school.
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Detroit last week released a 'Mission statement" for Catholic education that calls for a new archdiocesan school board, a "teacher corps," and the possible closing of some schools.
WASHINGTON--The New American Schools Development Corporation last week unveiled an education advisory panel that enlists superintendents, teachers, researchers, and others in an effort to dispel criticism that the business-dominated corporation lacks diversity.
Commercial test publishers last week launched a counterattack against their critics by holding a Washington press briefing to explode what they called myths about standardized achievement tests.
One-half of the nation's colleges and universities say they received more applications from prospective freshmen this year than they did the year before, according to the National Association of College Admission Counselors.
WASHINGTON--The federal government must dramatically expand its financial-aid system, and state governments should follow with steep increases in college tuitions to ensure that the poorest students benefit from the federal aid, two economists argue in a new book.
WASHINGTON--FeWer than 20 percent of American students have "demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter" in mathematics, a report by the National Assessment Governing Board concludes.
Pascal D. Forgione, executive director of the National Education Goals Panel, was appointed last week to the post of state superintendent of public instruction in Delaware.
The following excerpts are from "The National Education Goals Report: Building a Nation of Learners," scheduled to be released this week by the National Education Goals Panel.
Colorado lawmakers, who had been called into special session to address a crisis in education funding, appeared last week to have decided to put off any major action on the issue until their next regular session in January.
Caught in a continuing budget squeeze, a number of school districts in Massachusetts are looking hard this fall at consolidation as a way of shoring up their hard-pressed educational programs.
Florida lawmakers, who struggled for much of this year to cut the 1991 state budget and were briefly called back into session to modify their 1992 plan, are back at it again, as projections show a $622-million gap that must be closed within the next month.
The U.S. Education Department is examining the relationship between the California Department of Education and a nonprofit consulting firm run by the wife of Superintendent of Public Instruction Bill Honig, state and federal officials said last week.
The following are summaries of final action by legislatures on education-related matters.
WASHINGTON--Democrats On the House Education and Labor Committee last week called for fundamental changes in federal student aid and other higher-education programs as they introduced a bill to rewrite the Higher Education Act of 1965.
WASHINGTON--Nearly six months after President Bush unveiled his America 2000 education strategy, Congressional Democrats have yet to agree on how to respond.
A record 14 members of the Congress made at least a brief appearance last week at the Committee for Education Funding's sixth annual dinner celebration, which was also the group's most successful fundraising affair to date.
WASHINGTON--The four Congressional members of a panel on educational standards and testing moved last week to put the brakes on a plan to establish a national assessment system by the 1993-94 school year.
WASHINGTON--The Education Department should expand and revamp its statistics branch to create an "education-information system" that would focus on six broad issues, a Congressionally mandated panel concludes in its final report.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes next week with its docket for the 1991-92 term containing potentially significant education cases in three areas: desegregation, separation of church and state, and sexual discrimination.
WASHINGTON--The Environmental Protection Agency is not doing enough to ensure that schools perform high-quality asbestos inspection and abatement work, Congressional critics charged last week.
WASHINGTON---The Education Department has unnecessarily limited its drug-free schools recognition program by only considering schools with strict "no use" approaches, the General Accounting Office concludes in a new report.
More than a quarter of all high-school students seriously considered killing themselves last year, the results of a new federal survey indicate.
WASHINGTON--Schools are required to provide special-education services to children with attention-deficit disorder who are in need of extra help, under an informal policy letter issued last month by the Department of Education.
The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved a bill that would overhaul the Job Training Partnership Act by expanding youth-training programs and targeting the federal program more narrowly on poor and handicapped participants.
Legislative Action
School is back in session, and children are supposed to get serious. They have had time to play during the summer, and now it is time for them to work. While such reasoning is familiar to most of us, this dichotomy between play and work is one of the greatest myths of education--a dangerous myth that often leads to leaving children out of the educational agenda and ignoring the quality of their life in school.
To the Editor
In the 1991 version of the American education revolution, a true test of success will be how well teachers learn to use the blackboard, whatever its color. If there is to be significant progress in any area--restructuring the curriculum, reorganizing (or eliminating) administrators, a 220-day school year, America 2000's measurable objectives to enable U.S. students to outscore their Japanese and Korean counterparts--the bottom line will be the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values of classroom teachers. And one big tip-off to brilliant teaching is the use of the blackboard.
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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