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As any member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' section on adolescents can relate, treating an adolescent for a health problem differs significantly from providing medical care to a young child or to an adult.
Setting aside the potential obstacles posed by politics, computer printouts, and local fallout, Kansas officials have recommended a bold new school-finance plan that would shift all school-funding responsibility-and property-taxing authority--to the state.
James Percoco, a Springfield, Va., highschool teacher, this fall was teaching his classes about the First Amendment's protection of free speech--just as officials at his school began banning T-shirts with "offensive" slogans.
Marking a setback for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the West Virginia Board of Education has withdrawn its requirement that teacher-education institutions be accredited by the national body.
Angered by the spectacle of 50,000 chanting Atlanta Braves fans doing the "tomahawk chop" during this fall's baseball World Series, Native American activists and others are focusing new attention on what they see as the demeaning and exploitative use of Indian symbols for athletic teams.
Life on "The Last Frontier," as Alaska is known, can be unforgiving, and children who grow up there rapidly learn how to make a virtue of necessity.
Nearly half of the schools tested for radon in Colorado have levels that exceed the federal "action level" of 4 picocuries per liter of air, according to a state report.
A federal appeals court has ruled that officials in Little Rock, Ark., and two neighboring school districts in Pulaski County should be given the freedom to change minor details in a desegregation plan approved by the court last year.
WASHINGTON--Many children are not getting the help they need because existing human-services programs are out of sync with the "interconnected" problems and needs of poor families, according to a study released here last week.
WASHINGTON--Teenage workers were the labor group hit hardest by the 1990-91 economic recession, according to a study released last week by the Children's Defense Fund.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA.--Add this to the list of legal threats facing school officials: an apparent increase in the number of federal lawsuits charging that employees' or students' constitutional rights have been violated.
After two years of disappointments and delays, a wealthy New York City couple appear to be on the verge of winning approval to give the city a new school.
Officials of the National Education Association are hoping that they see no more fire or rain inside the union's newly renovated Washington headquarters.
Violet Anne Golden thinks she has discovered the secret to showing 7th graders how to do equivalent fractions. "They said, Miss Golden, that is not the way we learned it,'" she says. Undaunted, she explained to them, 'What is the joy of mathematics. You learn it a lot of ways."
Project 30, a national initiative of higher-education institutions interested in strengthening teachers' knowledge of their subject matter and how to teach it, last month became a permanent organization, now known as the Project 30 Alliance.
Readers of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal recently were confronted with prominently placed advertisements bearing a cryptic headline: "Why the St. Grottlesex education you enjoyed might not be the best idea for your daughter."
The Public Broadcasting Service will air an unusual three-part documentary series next month that uses a courtroom setting to examine several current policy debates in education.
The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have decided to make parents, education policymakers, and teachers the target of their technology-based mathematics and science education reform project.
The lack of "will and commitment"to reform mathematics and science education is a greater obstacle to change than is a lack of knowledge about what needs to be done, according to a report by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Three national organizations that represent technology-based industries have begun to devise "action plans" that will support efforts to aid in the reform of mathematics, science, and technology education.
The American Association of School Personnel Administrators has joined the long list of groups that have issued a formal response to the national education goals approved by President Bush and the nation's governors.
An independent evaluation of Milwaukee's parental-choice program indicates that it is attracting students who were not succeeding in the public schools and who probably are more likely than average to have behavioral problems.
Accusing key business groups of watered-down education agendas and lukewarm support for the Bush Administration, the Heritage Foundation has heated up a campaign to push the organizations into embracing parental choice.
The upcoming 200th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Dec. 15, has prompted the development over recent years of numerous educational programs and materials. The following is a partial list of national groups that publish listings of many such resources:
Some three-fourths of the 37 education schools that were up for accreditation last spring have been accepted by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The Pennsylvania Senate last week approved a broad educational choice plan that would allow parents to use state stipends to send their children to any public, private, or religious school.
Announcing that he was giving up on his attempt to craft an unusual multi-year budget to deal with New York State's growing fiscal problems, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo last week instead proposed immediate, steep cuts in state funding for education and other programs.
As budget negotiations broke down last week in Maine, Gov. John R. McKernan Jr. was preparing to use his emergency powers to make across-the-board spending cuts that critics charge will destroy school reform in the state.
Texas's system of funding higher education is unconstitutional and unfairly hinders the higher-education opportunities of the largely Hispanic residents in the state's border region, a district-court jury has found.
A Texas initiative aimed at freeing schools from state rules and regulations has generated a flood of interest, according to state officials.
While Kansas policymakers ponder fundamental changes in their education-funding system, some school officials in neighboring Nebraska are joining forces to make changes in that state's 1990 school-finance law.
New York State Commissioner of Education Thomas Sebol last month told Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander that Diane S. Ravitch, the assistant secretary for educational research and improvement, was out of line when she criticized the state board of regents' decision to rewrite the state's history curriculum.
WASHINGTON--The recently released report by a Congressionally mandated study panel on education indicators could lead to substantial improvements in information about education, participants at a conference here late last month agreed.
WASHINGTON--President Bush last week traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to promote his education-reform agenda and criticized the Congress for not acting on the issue.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced that it will embark on a three-year probe of racism in the nation, with a special emphasis on schools and colleges.
WASHINGTON--The fiscal 1992 budget signed by President Bush last week contains relatively few discretionary education dollars, the result of a Congressional effort to rein in the Administration's efforts to promote and implement its education agenda.
WASHINGTON--President Bush last week signed into law a $205- billion social-services bill for fiscal year 1992 that would provide $30.5 billion for Education Department programs.
News reports about the fall-off in scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test earned by last year's high-school seniors were marked by shortsighted treatment by the press and spurious speculation by educators who should have known better.
The multicultural debate has generated bitter polemics within the educational community in which each side caricatures the positions taken by the other, or seizes on the most extreme formulations of the other in order to denigrate the wider position.
In June, the New York State Department of Education made public a report by a panel of scholars and educators, calling for a revision of the state's public-school curriculum to better reflect racial and ethnic diversity.
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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