January 15, 1992

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Advocates bill it as a way to introduce diversity and autonomy into public education. Critics call it a subsidy for private schools.
A new federal law designed to break down barriers for disabled people could lead to changes in way the nation's public and private schools do business.
An increasing number of school districts, as well as a handful of states, are seeking to restore public and business confidence in education by issuing "warranties" on their graduates.
School-district officials across the country are bracing for possible battles in their respective statehouses over legislation that could leave districts paying out hundreds of thousands-- perhaps millions of dollars annually in unemployment benefits.
WASHINGTON--Hispanic students by most measures have become more segregated than blacks in American schools, according to a study released last week by the National School Boards Association.
More than 60 percent of runaway and homeless teenagers in shelters and transitional-living facilities were physically or sexually abused by their parents, the results of a national survey show.
Tougher restrictions on the recruitment of grade-school and junior-high athletes will be imposed on Illinois high schools beginning July 1.
The General Motors Corporation and the Ontario, Ohio, school district have settled a tax dispute that will end up costing the district more than $1 million in back taxes and an annual loss of more than $135,000.
The search committee that had been looking for a permanent replacement for J. Jerome Harris, fired by the board in July 1990, recommended the action.
ANAHEIM, CALIF.--High-school athletes hoping to continue their playing days at four-year colleges and universities will have to meet tougher academic eligibility requirements beginning in the 1995-96 school year.
Police had to clear the monthly board meeting of the Dinuba, Calif., elementary-school district last week after tensions between about 80 Hispanic activists and the board erupted in a fracas.
Louisville, Ky., school officials have approved a new student-assignment plan that emphasizes school reform at the expense of efforts to achieve desegregation.
The publication of an article by Mayor John O. Norquist of Milwaukee calling for the existing public school system in urban areas to "ultimately be scrapped" has caused a stir in the Wisconsin city.
Is a school reform successful or not? The answer sometimes depends on whom you ask, a recent article suggests.
Despite widespread recognition of the problems of rural education,government agencies and advocacy groups lack a common definition of "rural," a forthcoming federal report concludes.
SOUTH EUCLID,OHIO--When Sister Ruthann Heintschel talks about the new master of education program here at Notre Dame College of Ohio, she pays extra attention to the word "master."
WASHINGTON--The Internal Revenue Service has issued a ruling making it clear that day-care providers who operate at home do not have to track how much time each child spends in each room every day in order to claim a business deduction on their federal income tax returns.
School districts that lease church buildings or place mobile classrooms on church grounds to provide federal remedial-education services to pupils in religious schools violate the U.S. Constitution's ban against government establishment of religion, a federal judge has ruled.
The recession is proving to be something of a roller-coaster ride for community colleges, a new survey by the American Council on Education suggests.
The High/Scope Educational Research Foundation has developed a new assessment tool for young children.
In a case that could help thousands of poor parents seeking to acquire skills to help them into jobs and off the welfare rolls, a federal judge has ruled that California must provide child-care assistance to welfare clients enrolled in state-approved education and training activities.
WASHINGTON--Employer-provided health insurance--the primary form of health insurance for most Americans--is increasingly less likely to provide coverage for children, the results of a new study show.
More than half of all high-school students say they have had sex, according to the first federally funded national survey on the sexual behavior of 9th to 12th graders.
Sex-education programs can persuade sexually inexperienced students to postpone sexual activity, the results of a new study suggest.
The economic status of America's children has declined significantly in comparison with that of adults over the past three decades, a new study suggests.
Although teenagers spend a lot of time in the sun, few wear the sunscreen they need to prevent them from developing skin cancer as adults, a new study has found.
Two groups representing independent all-girls' schools nationwide hope their recent merger will increase support for single-sex education.
The opinions of hearing officers who rule in special-education disputes between schools and parents should be given great weight, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Members of the American Federation of Teachers Staff Union will vote by mail over the next few weeks on a proposed contract that preserves most of their seniority rights but gives A.F.T. management added flexibility in layoffs.
As the recent contract dispute at the American Federation of Teachers made clear, the A.F.T. and the National Education Association are not just labor unions: They are employers faced with many of the same issues as the school districts with which their members negotiate.
Teach For America, the privately organized teacher corps that places recent college graduates in rural and inner-city classrooms, last week announced the receipt of a three-year, $3-million "challenge" grant from Philip Morris Companies Inc.
Action for Children's Television, which for the last 23 years has lobbied the government and broadcasters to improve the quality of children's programming, will cease operation by the end of the year, its founder said last week.
The Public Education Fund Network this month will begin the process of upgrading its member funds' programming from "feel good" philanthropy projects to more politically charged efforts aimed at systemic change.
Officials of the New Hampshire boarding school were unsuccessful in their efforts to persuade NBC to make changes in the film, according to David W. Johnson, Exeter's communications director. He said the network aired essentially the same version that school officials had screened, and objected to, last year.
Against the backdrop of a worsening political and fiscal climate in New York, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo last week delivered a State of the State Address that focused on stimulating the economy and making government more accountable, while offering few new or concrete education proposals.
Texas school officials are reporting growing concern that some businesses may decide to hold off on paying their property taxes this month in hopes that the state supreme court will soon strike down the state's most recent school-finance law.
A controversy in Utah has illustrated once again the conflict between the need to find more money for the schools and the imperative of protecting valuable historical and natural resources.
Gov. Pete Wilson told California lawmakers last week that despite continuing budget difficulties, education spending must remain a top priority and new programs should be enacted to continue reform efforts.
Frustrated that Bush Administration officials appear willing to "bargain away" their strong rhetorical support for private-school choice, a coalition of conservative organizations, including two representing Christian schools, greeted the new White House chief of staff, Samuel K. Skinner, by demanding that the Administration renege on a deal cut by his predecessor on the issue.
WASHINGTON--Momentum continued to build on Capitol Hill last week for a reordering of federal budgetary priorities that could benefit education programs, following in the wake of President Bush's recent statement indicating that he might accept such revisions.
WASHINGTON--The Education Department's Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is tiny by federal standards, but it is no small thing for the schools that win high-profile honors in the annual competition.
l was interested in Patricia Hollingsworth's comments on Kumon Mathematics (A Reformer's 'Retrogression': Speaking Out for Kumon Mathematics," Commentary, Nov. 27, 1991), especially since her view of the use of calculators seemed to preclude the need for drill and practice or for memorization.
Providing practical methods for giving young people an understanding of cultural diversity is the purpose behind Teaching Tolerance, a magazine that debuted last month.
In a book to be published this month, George R. Kaplan, a long- time media-tracker who writes and lectures on social and educational issues, gives answers to some of the nagging questions most educators have had from time to time about the quantity and quality of news coverage in their field.
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