January 22, 1992

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A new study of Connecticut schoolchildren challenges the traditional view of dyslexia as a permanent disability that is easily distinguishable from other kinds of reading problems children encounter in their elementary-school years.
Since World War II, the General Educational Development program has offered more than 12 million high-school dropouts a ticket back into the educational mainstream.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--For James Robideau, combating the ill effects of fetal alcohol syndrome on another generation of Native American children is as much a question of cultural survival as it is a personal commitment.
WADING RIVER, N.Y.--To critics, the massive nuclear-power plant near here is a dangerous boondoggle that could threaten the lives of thousands of Long Islanders and that has cost billions of dollars while never providing any electricity to consumers.
The state board of education in Texas is considering a plan that would overhaul the state's system of standardized testing and reduce the number of hours students spend on state assessments.
For most students, getting a score of 800 on the mathematics portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test is a pipe dream. For Tim Sanders of Milledgville, Ga., it was a family affair.
With the Rochester, N.Y., school district facing an $8.5-million deficit for the current school year, the local teachers' union has mounted an assault against the district's bureaucracy, urging the school board to "chop from the top" to balance its budget.
More first-year college students than ever say they chose their postsecondary institution for financial reasons, according to a report released last week.
The Texas Board of Education voted this month to approve new U.S. history textbooks provided that their publishers correct more than 3,700 mistakes in the books and pay a substantial penalty.
What have teachers learned from their experiences with school reform? To find out, members of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Coalition of Essential Schools held a daylong symposium recently in Washington, D.C., to share their observations.
NEW ORLEANS--Around the high-school classroom, groups of experienced teachers from across Louisiana are laughing and joking as they stack book after book on top of three eggs arranged in a triangle.
State laws that require an adolescent girl to either notify her parents or to receive their consent before she can obtain an abortion are inconsistent with many state laws about medical matters, a new report concludes.
Atlanta police and school officials quietly orchestrated a massive sweep of truant students two weeks ago that picked up more than 450 students from city streets, shopping malls, and public-transit stations over a three-day period.
WASHINGTON--Asserting that children need to be better informed about the food they eat, a private, nonprofit group has announced an effort to develop a voluntary nutritional label for food products aimed at children.
A number of efforts have been launched to provide assistance to tribal officials, health professionals, and educators as they struggle to reduce the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome and to cope with its effects.
Holding out an olive branch to the new Republican majority in the legislature and to the middle class, Gov. James J. Florio of New Jersey last week laid out plans to help stimulate the state economy and ease the burden on taxpayers.
In what insiders say may be an unprecedented development, some members of the New York State Board of Regents have been openly critical of the state's commissioner of education.
While reaffirming his support. for Kentucky's landmark 1990 education-reform law, Gov. Brereton Jones last week indicated that parts of the law may be subject to the budget crunch that has hit the state.
Tennessee legislators, whose long hours in 1991 yielded only stalled education- and tax-reform efforts, last week began a special session that observers predict will at last produce a major new school-reform law.
This year's legislative sessions in the states are beginning under the same budgetary storm clouds that loomed last year, according to a survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Mothers on welfare would be denied additional benefits if they have more children, under a welfare-reform package given final approval by the New Jersey legislature last week.
WASHINGTON--The Congress will kick off its 1992 session this week with a fiercely partisan battle over education policy, featuring a last-ditch effort by the Bush Administration to get lawmakers to accept some of its America 2000 education strategy and a fight over funding for private-school choice.
Washington--President Bush and top Education Department officials last week urged local business leaders from around the country to take the lead in their communities in implementing the Administration's America 2000 education-reform strategy.
WASHINGTON--The Bush Administration late last week unveiled a proposal to consolidate federal job-training and vocational-education programs and turn over much of their control to existing local industry councils.
WASHINGTON--As lawmakers and Bush Administration officials last week began discussing how to finance the Blue Ribbon Schools program this year, a House Democrat released statistics that he said show that the program "is fixated on success stories in the suburbs."
I was a college sophomore when a senior said to me one night, "I have a theory about why people behave the way they do." There is nothing terribly striking about that statement, were I to hear it spoken now. Today, nearly everyone has theories about human behavior, about education. In 1970 it clearly struck me because, I suspect, I did not have my own theory of why people behave as they do, of how they learn, or a theory about anything else for that matter.
The first independent, not-for-profit book publisher in the public interest is how The New Press was characterized in an announcement this month by its director, the former editor-in-chief of Pantheon Books Andre Schiffrin.
Several Commentaries with widely divergent views served the useful purpose this past fall of focusing attention on a subject that often seem to get short shift in the ongoing debate on education reform and revitalization: the need for good teachers. The essays have rightly suggested--whether arguing for or against alternative routes, for or against current practice in schools of education--that unless the present and growing shortage of good teachers is overcome, no other efforts at school reform can succeed.
On Jan. 26, one of the most sweeping civil-rights laws in our history will take effect, with the potential for changing--profoundly and forever-the way public education hires and maintains its personnel. The law is the Americans With Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336), known simply as "the A.D.A."
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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