December 11, 1991

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Christine Franklin was a sophomore at North Gwinnett High School in suburban Atlanta in 1986, when, she claims, her economics teacher began making sexually suggestive remarks to her.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering an agreement that would dramatically redistribute resources and experienced teachers within the district to settle a five-year-old lawsuit by black and Hispanic groups.
ISHPEMING, MICH.--After five years on the job, Ed Sansom had grown tired of new students crying over class changes, teachers complaining about working with as many as 160 children a week, and the national school-improvement movement quietly passing this remote mining town in the Upper Peninsula by.
Nearly a decade after writing what is widely viewed as one of the most trenchant and scathing analyses of the American high school, Theodore R. Sizer has completed a new book that details what a "better and more powerful" school would look like.
WASHINGTON--Maintaining that millions of young children living in stressful environments lack the security, support, and confidence to become successful students, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has set forth an ambitious national strategy to ensure that all children enter school well prepared.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is scheduled to announce this week that it will award up to $650,000 each to as many as a dozen communities to help improve their immunization rates for young children.
New York State's black and Hispanic residents place more importance than do whites on the teaching of a common American heritage to public-school students, according to a poll by the New York State United Teachers.
What do T.S. Eliot, a Broadway musical, and a Los Angeles elementary-school teacher have in common? A love of cats, of course. And under Barbara Cser's unique curriculum, 4th and 5th graders at the Fletcher Drive Elementary School have spent the past several weeks learning more about man's favorite mouse catcher.
During fiscal 1990, state and local government revenues surpassed the $1-trillion mark for the first time, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Oakland, Calif., school district made progress last year in addressing its administrative and fiscal problems, but 47 percent of the system's students still earned grade averages of D or F, according to a recent report.
The percentage of students who participate in the federal school lunch program who have become eligible for free or reduced- priced meals has steadily increased over the past two years, data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal.
Up to 40 percent of the nation's manufacturing firms say their efforts to upgrade workplace technology and increase productivity have been stymied by the low level of education of their workforce, according to a new study by the National Association of Manufacturers.
WASHINGTON--The Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences have launched a venture to improve elementary-school science by linking teachers with working scientists.
Hispanic leaders in Denver are trying to broker a settlement to the city's decades-old school-desegregation lawsuit that could involve drastic cuts in or a total end to busing in exchange for bolstered academic programs.
A growing number of educators and social theorists from divergent political backgrounds have been sounding alarms about the adverse effects of divorce on children. Besides advocating stricter child-support policies to protect children's economic interests, some have proposed making divorce more difficult.
NEW YORK CITY--Michelle Hernandez is learning firsthand that making a documentary video is not all high-tech fun and glamour. On this day, she and other high-school interns from the Educational Video Center here are in the basement of the New York Historical Society to shoot a documentary on black-Jewish relations.
Budding young filmmakers across the country will have a forum to showcase their work, under plans by a New York City high-school student.
Children who are born prematurely are far more likely to need special-education services when they get to school than are children who are born full term, a new study has found.
While increasing numbers of preschools are coming face to face with children who were prenatally exposed to alcohol or drugs, there is little information available on the kinds of treatments that work best with this population.
WASHINGTON--The extent to which children enter school ready to learn hinges on a far more complex set of factors than their academic knowledge, the quality of early-childhood programs, and the efforts of individual parents, according to a report issued last week by a panel of the National Association of State Boards of Education.
In calling for a markedly different vision of schooling, Theodore R. Sizer proposes in his new book, Horace's School: Redesigning the American High School, that each school design a series of student "exhibitions." Successful completion of the exhibitions--rather than seat time--would become the basis for a high school diploma.
After signing a novel partnership agreement with a for-profit school-management firm, Florida officials are hoping to persuade up to three school districts in the state to surrender some or all of their schools to private administration.
Mirroring the mixed sentiments nationwide over the idea of mandating "volunteerism,"a Maryland proposal to require community service for high-school graduation has split opinion across the state.
The Washington State Board of Education has reinstated the certification of the state's largest teacher-education institution.
Sixty minutes may make all the difference for Gov. Ned McWherter of Tennessee in his effort to pass his tax- and school-reform package, which has been bottled up in the legislature for nearly a year. Mr. McWherter announced late last month that he would call lawmakers into a special session to consider the reform plan at 11 A.M. on Jan. 14--one hour before the legislature was scheduled to begin its regular 1992 session.
Democratic lawmakers in Massachusetts have unveiled a far- reaching education-reform plan that, they say, represents the "last chance"to rescue the state's public schools from being relegated to second-rate status.
Spurred by concerns that up to 10 percent of Missouri school districts could go broke before the end of the school year, state officials are poised to adopt a policy aimed at identifying and assisting districts in danger of financial bankruptcy.
Acting in response to new state regulations, a group that represents elementary-school principals in Massachusetts has become the first professional organization in the nation to create its own alternative-certification program for principals.
Welfare recipients in Maryland would not receive their full grants unless they could document that they are getting preventive health care, keeping their children in school, and paying their rent, under a plan announced last month.
The following are summaries official action by legislatures on education-related matters.
WASHINGTON--Directors of school special-education programs are objecting to a proposed Education Department rule that they say could force schools to provide a wide range of costly special equipment to students with disabilities.
WASHINGTON--With less than a month to go before the deadline for submitting its final report, the National Council on Education Standards and Testing remained deadlocked last week over a critical issue: whether to recommend the creation of a new body to oversee the development of standards and assessments.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week considered the issue of whether abused and neglected children have the right to sue state officials in federal court over the adequacy of child- welfare services.
WASHINGTON--As members of the Congress labor to rewrite the laws governing the federal system of student financial aid, a panel of educators, business people, and politicians is conducting a broader review of how higher education is financed.
WASHINGTON--Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander last week declared that most college scholarships awarded on the basis of race are illegal.
WASHINGTON--Educators should apply for grants under a program designed to fund the planning and construction of new broadcasting facilities, the head of the telecommunications division of the Commerce Department said last week.
The Congress late last month gave final approval to a supplemental spending bill after deleting provisions that would have provided an additional $1.2 billion for Head Start and some extra money for children's health programs.
Until recently in the United States, the idea of apprenticeships has seemed vaguely Dickensian, an outdated vocational-education practice that brought to mind images of short-pants waifs working in onerous conditions to learn a trade.
Consider this scenario: In the darkest depths of our curricular consciousness, commercial textbook and test publishers are lurking, holding the minds of our children captive to their evil, money-making agendas.
To the Editor: I cannot fault your article on my firing by the National Education Association for any errors of commission("N.E.A. Charges Former Researcher With Speaking Out of Turn,"Nov. 20, 1991). One important omission, however, could lead readers to the wrong conclusion; several others deprive the story of its true flavor.
The public debate over setting national standards for American education is coming to a climax.
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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