November 27, 1991

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When Donielle Smith attended high school in Cerritos, Calif., a few years ago, most of her classmates were Asian. As a senior at the largely black Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, the black sociology major said she feels more comfortable.
Massachusetts lawmakers are reconsidering the funding formula for their state's school-choice law amid mounting evidence that the recently implemented measure is inflicting severe harm on some districts' already beleaguered budgets.
State colleges and universities should return to their roots and take decisive steps to reinvigorate their teacher-training programs, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities advocates in a report scheduled for release this week.
When the Oakland, Calif., school board voted last spring to reject a set of social studies textbooks sanctioned by the state of California, most members probably knew they were taking a "road less traveled."
One in eight public-school buildings in the United States provides a poor physical environment for learning, according to the most extensive survey on the state of school facilities conducted in nearly 30 years.
School counselors have a duty to inform parents when they have knowledge that a child has made suicidal statements, Maryland's highest court has ruled.
Adults in Minneapolis may have a new role model when it comes to encouraging high voter turnout--their children.
WASHINGTON--While most Americans say they make "extraordinary efforts to maintain strong and close family ties," they believe that the American family in general is in trouble, according to a national study released last week.
Contrary to popular belief, nearly 90 percent of homeless children are enrolled in school, the most in-depth report on homeless children and their families to date has found.
WASHINGTON--A group of social theorists from divergent political backgrounds declared last week that it was uniting behind a common agenda: restoring the nation's "moral order" by strengthening communities and families.
In 1984, officials at Bates College in Lewiston, Me., launched a bold experiment. Responding to critics who charged that standardized tests failed to measure the full range of student abilities and were biased against women and minorities, the college dropped its requirement that applicants submit their scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
This month, G. Carl Ball, one of the many business leaders who have gotten involved in education reform, spoke at a meeting on research and dissemination sponsored by the U.S. Education Department's office of educational research and improvement. He discussed his perspectives on the research enterprise with Associate Editor Robert Rothman
WASHINGTON---The Public Broadcasting Service is inviting independent educational programmers to take advantage of the increased broadcasting capacity on a new satellite slated to be launched in early 1993 to reach schools nationwide.
The International Business Machines Corporation is testing a new, computer-based instructional system that is designed to help middle-school students understand the relationships between music, mathematics, and science.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting last week announced a grant of up to $4.5 million for the development of a new public- television series aimed at preschool viewers, tentatively entitled "The Puzzle Factory."
Five states have formed a national consortium to provide teachers with an electronic data base that lists and evaluates approximately 11,000 pieces of educational software.
Teachers in Los Angeles voted last week to give their negotiating team more time to try to stave off a proposed cut in teacher pay, rather than call a strike for next week.
After an all-night negotiating session, the Chicago Teachers Union and the board of education reached agreement last week on a new contract that narrowly averted a strike in the nation's third-largest school system.
Despite growing national interest in testing, the number of trained psychometricians appears to be dwindling, a leading researcher has warned.
WASHINGTON--The National Council on Education Standards and Testing, which has agreed to propose national standards for what students should know and be able to do, divided sharply last week over whether to recommend national guidelines for what schools should do to ensure students can meet the standards.
A group of chief state school officers is forming a consortium that would collaboratively develop new assessments and standards for student performance.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress should be an integral part of any new national student-assessment system, NAEP'S governing board has stated.
Four inner-city school districts-together with their teachers'- union locals and nearby universities-have been named as the first recipients of AT&T Foundation grants that are to be used to improve and retain teachers.
WASHINGTON--Roman Catholic educational leaders meeting here to discuss the future of Catholic schools have endorsed such concepts as increasing faculty pay and benefits and opening new schools, despite long-term trends in which thousands of parochial schools have closed.
Influenza has hit Tennessee schools early and hard this year, forcing school districts in Nashville and Knoxville to shut their doors last week.
RAVINIA, GA.--A national coalition formed by educators and school facility planners is working to garner public and legislative support for building new schools and upgrading existing ones.
Louisiana teachers' unions last week expressed elation over the decisive gubernatorial-election victory scored by Edwin W. Edwards against David E. Duke, the former neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader.
Educators should be able to use school-meal income data to identify needy children and target them for additional programs and services, the Council of Chief State School Officers urges in a resolution expected to be forwarded soon to the Congress.
A coalition of educators, health specialists, parents, and child advocates has filed suit against the State of Pennsylvania for failing to provide a comprehensive set of medical services for the state's poorest children.
A private Montessori school in rural Minnesota last week cleared a key hurdle on its way to becoming the nation's first "charter" school, able under state law to receive public funds while remaining free from most outside control.
Under pressure from Armenian-American organizations, a panel of the California Department of Education moved last week to reconsider its decision not to give schools copies of a documentary film depicting the Ottoman Empire's alleged campaign of genocide against Armenians seven decades ago.
A coalition of Virginia school districts last week filed a long awaited lawsuit challenging the state's school-finance system.
A fiscal 1992 appropriations bill that is nearing final passage includes a new accounting gimmick that obscures the amount actually allocated for the Education Department--and for which competing explanations have been offered.
WASHINGTON--The chairman of the House Budget Committee is expected this week to seek his panel's backing for a long-term, comprehensive budget strategy.
WASHINGTON--Concerned about a critical Education Department report and Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander's suggestion that significant changes be made in the college-accrediting process, officials of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools last week persuaded a federal advisory committee to delay a vote on whether to renew the association's federal recognition.
WASHINGTON--The House Democratic leadership late last week dropped a contentious abortion provision from a fiscal 2992 social- service spending bill that would provide $30.5 billion for Education Department programs.
WASHINGTON-Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander's recent appointment of an interim director of the National Institute for Literacy and proposed increases in funding for adult education in the pending fiscal 1992 appropriations bill will soon give life to the National Literacy Act signed by President Bush earlier this year.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week let stand lower court rulings requiring the State of Missouri to pay asbestos- removal costs and extra expenses for a new magnet high school as part of a desegregation plan for the Kansas City, Mo., school district.
l am not a person to stop lightly into controversy. Some people feed on conflict. Debate brightens their day. I am not one of them. So my decision to speak out for Kumon Mathematics came only after considerable thought and commitment to a program I have seen in operation for over a year.
A female high-school student believes she has been sexually harassed by the school's band director, who, besides touching her during practice sessions at school, has hinted at his interest in having sex with her when the band plays at school-sponsored musical events away from school.
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