October 30, 1991

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--Although they agree that the statewide tax and school-reform referendum on Missouri's ballot next week is a high-stakes issue, leading politicians and educators here do not always seem in accord over what it is or how to get it passed.
PALO ALTO, CALIF.--When Debbie Emery, the principal of the Metcalf Elementary School in Houston, was casting about for ways to organize her school before it opened its doors this fall, she sought out Henry M. Levin, a professor of education at Stanford University here.
School officials in La Crosse, Wis., have proposed what is believed to be the first student-assignment plan to place students explicitly for the sake of achieving socioeconomic balance within schools.
WASHINGTON--Amid concerns that it was exceeding its Congressional mandate, the National Council on Education Standards and Testing last week weighed whether to recommend in its forthcoming report a broad set of reforms designed to make systemic changes in the nation's schools.
Efforts to offer interconnected services to children and families by linking schools and other agencies should offer a wide array of services, take steps to ensure families that need help receive it, focus on the needs of the entire family, and promote "equity among all partners" in the effort, advises a new resource guide from the National School Boards Association.
Texas' education commissioner has unveiled plans to decentralize his state agency as part of a reorganization strategy designed to encourage local flexibility, officials said.
What began as a field trip ended as an exclusive interview with Madonna for two junior-high media students in Henderson, Ky.
Hoping to capitalize on growing concerns that corporate philanthropic efforts have done little to improve education, an Ohio-based education-consulting firm this month launched what may be the nation's first for-profit effort to evaluate school-business partnerships.
WASHINGTON--Alternative certification, a phrase that has come to describe nearly all nontraditional routes into teaching, is developing into a recognizable sot of criteria as more states adopt specially designed programs to prepare non-teacher-education graduates for the profession, a survey released last week suggests.
The devastating brush fire that swept through the hills in and around Oakland, Calif., last week took a tell on several schools, while other school buildings were left standing even as homes surrounding them lay in charred ruins, officials said.
Supporters of the public-school systems in two of Ohio's largest cities are waging all-out campaigns to pass critical tax levies next week that would keep the districts alloat.
Testing experts' views of whether "teaching to the test" is acceptable or not are related to their beliefs about learning, a researcher from the University of Colorado at Boulder has concluded.
When Chicagoans went to the polls this month to elect members to their local school councils, Michael Katz, a historian from the University of Pennsylvania, was there.
Laura Kann, the chief of the surveillance research section in the division of adolescent and school health at the C.D.C., spoke to Staff Writer Ellen Flax about the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
WASHINGTON--The biggest stumbling block to creating national curriculum standards for what students should learn is whether any such effort has begun to win the backing of most Americans, including their elected leaders, participants at a national forum on the subject concluded last week.
A study of shared decisionmaking in New York City highlights the potential and pitfalls of the widely adopted approach to school reform.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded a total of more than $2 million in grants to help 15 states continue their efforts to reform education in the middle grades.
To respond to a shortage of teachers with specialized training in early-childhood education and a lack of coordination among existing training systems, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has launched a new National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development.
Corporate gifts to K-12 education jumped by 12.3 percent in 1990 over the year before, far outstripping the sluggish overall growth in corporate philanthropy, which failed to keep pace with inflation for the third straight year, a new survey reports.
Three youth-oriented partnerships received the prestigious Innovations in State and Local Government Award last month for their work in wedding government, business, and nonprofit interests in the service of children.
Faced with the deteriorating health of their budgets, a number of districts across the country are cutting back on school nursing services.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has established an Interagency Coordinating Council to ensure that all its programs that deal with children and their families work together.
About one in four students are regular smokers by the time they finish high school, the results of a new federal study suggest.
The Michigan Department of Education has advised local educators to drop the use of a deep-breathing exercise for students that some parents in the state have linked with "New Age" religious practices.
WASHINGTON--A national organization of distance-learning providers last week unveiled a series of policies aimed at overcoming obstacles to the effective use of new technologies in teaching.
Junior Achievement, the nation's largest business-education organization, will enter the Soviet Union this December to teach a subject that until recently was banned from that country's classrooms: profitmaking.
Whittle Communications will bring American and Soviet teenagers together next month in a satellite exchange that will be televised live over the "Channel One" in-school news system.
SAN FRANCISCO--Standing in a schoolyard here on a foggy autumn Friday morning, Willie B. Santamaria, principal of Daniel Webster Elementary School, is handing out "student of the week" awards.
The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously approved a measure imposing the first limits on teachers' right to strike in that state in more than two decades.
While the governors of two key education-reform states, Kentucky and Mississippi, will be elected next week, the results are likely to do little to divert the attention of education analysts and political observers from the riveting events unfolding in Louisiana.
California authorities have staged a surprise raid on the home of Superintendent of Public Instruction Bill Honig in connection with an investigation of possible felonious misuse of public funds.
Wisconsin lawmakers have failed to muster enough votes to override Gov. Tommy G. Thompson's veto of $36.8 million in financial aid to school districts.
WASHINGTON--Despite two days of debate last week, appropriations conferees were unable to break a deadlock over how to trim their 1992 social-services spending bill to meet budgetary restrictions.
WASHINGTON--House and Senate panels last week cleared separate bills that would rewrite federal higher-education and student-aid programs.
WASHINGTON--President Bush has personally intervened in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court involving desegregation of state colleges and universities, ordering the Solicitor General to support increased state funding for historically black public institutions.
WASHINGTON--The Bush Administration last week told members of the Congress that it expects to make public in a matter of weeks its position on the legality of race-exclusive scholarships, and a House committee decided to wait for that ruling rather than make a preemptive strike te establish the legality.
WASHINGTON--The survey the federal government uses to determine food and nutrition policy for child-nutrition programs is severely flawed, the General Accounting Office concludes in a new report.
I just quit my job as a public-high school English teacher. I taught in some of the worst academic and vocational schools in New York City and, most recently, in a high school reputed to be one of the best academic schools in the Midwest. Lately I became more embarrassed than ever to admit I was a high school teacher.
Just before Labor Day, the College Board released a statement indicating that scores en the Scholastic Aptitude Test had declined by 2 points in math and verbal areas. The result in the press was a predictable and deafening noise--the clucking of a thousand tongues.
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