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Contrary to popular thinking, skills shortages among high-school graduates are not primarily to blame for the dwindling competitiveness of the American workforce, a growing number of scholars are arguing.
Charging that school reformers' rhetoric has overstated the magnitude of the problems in American education, a number of analysts have launched a counterattack.
From psychiatric aid to a program that helps poor families buy school clothes, services that support children outside the classroom are being chipped away by the budget ax as states grapple with the impact of the recession, advocates say.
WASHINGTON--The inclusion of prayer at a public-school graduation exercise is consistent with the nation's long tradition of invoking God's name during ceremonial events and should be upheld as constitutional, lawyers representing the Bush Administration and a Rhode Island school district told the U.S. Supreme Court last week.
The DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund has given a $1.66-million grant to the National Society for Internships and Experiential Education to further develop local service-learning programs for high-school students.
A superior-court judge in the District of Columbia has held the city in contempt and given officials until February 1992 to provide at least 20 hours of nursing services per week in every public school.
A canister no bigger than a school lunch box is bound for the future. It will journey into outer space preserving the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of students across the nation as depicted in their essays, drawings, poetry, and musical scores.
The Detroit Board of Education last week settled a lawsuit over its proposed all-male academies for young African-American pupils, essentially agreeing to abide by its earlier decision to open the schools to girls.
Five years after forming its influential Higher Education Roundtable, the Pew Charitable Trusts this month announced that it would bring together some of the biggest names in precollegiate education to hash out the issues confronting primary and secondary schools.
An American aerospace educator has launched a nationwide competition to choose a teacher to become the first American to orbit Earth aboard the Soviet space station Mir.
Graduates of the Los Angeles Unified School District will leave high school equipped with a "skills warranty" as well as a diploma, beginning in 1994, district officials announced last week.
San Francisco voters last week approved a city-charter amendment designed to protect children's programs [email protected] budget cuts and to generate additional money for such services through property-tax revenues.
NEW YORK CITY--It seems fitting that Manhattan Comprehensive Night High School occupies the same turn-of-the-century building where young immigrant girls once took their lessons.
Many of the nation's top high-school students study an hour or less a day, and few believe that higher academic standards or a national test would substantially boost student achievement, a national survey has found.
Paul M. Zall, a retired English professor from California State University at Los Angeles, has written several scholarly historical accounts of Revolutionary War-era figures. His latest work-in-progress, however, portrays that period from a very different angle. It examines the rounding of the United States through the eyes of young people who lived during the late 18th century.
The Miami-based Knight Foundation has awarded two $150,000 grants for elementary- and high school projects, foreshadowing what officials of the philanthropy say is an "anticipated move" into the precollegiate-education arena.
The University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center last month began a series of workshops to teach recipients of precollegiate education grants to conduct their own evaluations.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich., has awarded $6.08 million to the Michigan Partnership for New Education, the largest single grant the ambitious collaborative has received since its rounding in 1989.
A growing number of Americans think that college costs are rising so rapidly that higher education will soon be unaffordable to most people, according to a new poll.
More than 350,000 high-school students took Advanced Placement examinations this year, an increase of more than 115,000 over the total 10 years ago, with large increases coming among minority students, the College Board announced last week.
In an attempt to draw attention to what they believe are inadequate AIDS-education programs, members of a controversial coalition of AIDS activists have begun distributing condoms outside high schools in a handful of districts nationwide.
The virus that causes AIDS has become increasingly common among socioeconomically disadvantaged adolescents, two new reports suggest.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is expected within the next few months to release 400 pages of "model performance standards" for out-of-home child-care programs.
In the name of losing weight, about one-fifth of high-school girls have used diet pills, more than one in six have forced themselves to vomit, and half have skipped a meal, the results of new federal survey indicate.
The early adverse effects of lead exposure on a child's growth and physical development may be reversible, the results of a new study suggest.
Gerald W. Bracey, who wrote a spirited defense of American education in last month's Phi Delta Kappan, was forced to resign from the National Education Association last month, he said.
Lawmakers in Colorado last week mounted a new attempt to approve a compromise school-finance bill that would at last complete their longrunning attempt to solve funding problems this year.
A Kansas battle over taxes and school finance, which has been waged with growing political intensity for more than a year, got even hotter this month after Gov. Joan Finney issued a double-barreled attack on the state's education establishment.
In a stinging defeat for education funding, Missouri voters last week overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to provide an additional $385 million for public schools and colleges.
WASHINGTON--Hoping to put together the two-thirds majority needed to override an expected veto, the House Democratic leadership last week signed on to a compromise family-leave bill that is somewhat more restrictive than the one approved by the Senate last month.
Education Secretary Lamar Alexander has named five new members to an advisory panel on college accreditation just weeks before it is to make a recommendation on the use of diversity standards.
WASHINGTON---The Congress last week approved a $205-billion social service spending bill for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, but only in the Senate did the bill garner enough votes to override a threatened Presidential veto.
WASHINGTON--Firing a new salvo in her campaign against underage drinking, Surgeon General Antonia C. Novello last week called on beer, wine, and liquor companies to eliminate advertisements that she said specifically target the young.
Only the federal government can eliminate funding disparities among school districts, school-finance experts and education advocates told a House panel last week.
WASHINGTON--President Bush met last week with 19 Roman Catholic education leaders, urging them to encourage support for his education-reform package.
WASHINGTON--State officials may be sued and held personally liable for actions taken under state authority that violate the constitutional rights of an individual, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court declared last week.
Resources available to the most underserved of children are cataloged in The 1992 North American Directory of Programs for Runaways, Homeless Youth and Missing Children.
Recently a colleague of mine reached the final round of interviews for a district-level administrative position. Her final interview was with members of the local board of education.
The publishers of elementary-school reading textbooks are engaged in what amounts to a conspiracy to deprive the nation's schools of quality education.
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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