February 12, 1992

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Washington--Girls face pervasive barriers to achievement throughout their precollegiate schooling and are "systematically discouraged" from pursuing studies that would enhance their prospects for well-paying jobs, a study to be released this week contends.
In declaring himself the "education President" in 1988, George Bush virtually guaranteed education a spot in his 1992 campaign.
The success of the six national education goals, many educators and policy analysts maintain, hinges to a great degree on the first: ensuring that, by the year 2000, all children enter school ready to learn.
By now, millions of Americans have encountered the radio or television commercials for ''Hooked on Phonics." By purchasing the $179.95 kit, the advertisements proclaim, children can become "super readers," and illiterate adults, in the privacy of their own homes, can finally learn how to read.
WASHINGTON--The first international study published since u.s. officials set a goal of leading the world in student achievement in mathematics and science suggests that the United States appears far from reaching its target.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has postponed ratification of its contract with district teachers following the discovery of a $150-million shortfall in the school system's budget.
School administrators who hire substitute teachers are concerned that rules published last year by the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service may burden them with a mountain of new paperwork.
The Prince George's County (Md.) Board of Education and the local teachers' union clashed last week when the district rescheduled a week of employee-furlough days to avoid paying teachers unemployment benefits for the time off.
Faced with a textbook example of a school district in trouble, faculty and students at the University of California at Berkeley have dropped the textbooks and come to the aid of the Richmond Unified School District.
Barbara Kiefer, an associate professor in the department of curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, has studied children's books for more than a decade. Ms. Kiefer talked on that subject last week with Assistant Editor Debra Viadero.
OXON HILL,Md.-sprawled on the floor around multi-colored mats in this otherwise conventional classroom, two children collecting materials suddenly turn their gaze to a rabbit that is loping slowly across the floor.
WASHINGTON--About two dozen organizations from across the nation that represent independent colleges and universities have pledged "to make an institutional commitment to help the nation improve its educational system" and to bolster partnerships between their institutions and elementary and secondary schools.
At least 28 states will cut their higher-education budgets this fiscal year, leading to tuition increases, program cuts, and enrollment caps, according to a survey by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
An ongoing contract dispute between Catholic school teachers and their bishop in an Indiana diocese has entered the national spotlight with the outspoken involvement of the president of the National Association of Catholic School Teachers.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--As thousands of bilingual teachers gathered for a conference here late last month, the halls of the city's convention center were lined with I booths displaying Native American can art or literature from teacher recruiters.
The Ford Foundation has provided the University of Sou them California with the first installment of a three-year, $1.2-million grant for a project that will help Latino paraprofessionals in Los Angeles-area schools become teachers.
WASHINGTON--Hispanics remain the most undereducated major segment of the nation's population, according to a report issued last week by the National Council of La Raza, an umbrella organization for Hispanic groups.
WASHINGTON-The international study released here last week offers "confirming evidence" that previous cross-national studies, which have been criticized by some as invalid, did not misrepresent the low levels of American students' achievement, federal officials maintain.
In recent months, a number of panels, working groups, and task forces have spent considerable time exploring ways to meet Goal 1.
WASHINGTON-An attempt by the nation's governors to maintain the spirit of bipartisan cooperation that has characterized their work on education over the past few years careered out of control here last week, as they engaged in a heated debate with President Bush and with each other about the Administration's economic policies.
Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. of Connecticut used his State of the State Address last week to offer educators and children a mixture of cuts and more money.
A $341-million technical change in New Jersey's $4.4-billion school finance system has triggered an entire reshuffling of state aid, casting moderate-wealth school districts as big winners and potentially shifting the balance of political and lobbying power on the eve of the legislature's expected debate this session over changes in the funding system.
Gov. Pete Wilson of California has launched a new effort to expand school-baaed health clinics by making them eligible for Medicaid reimbursements.
A plan to drastically reduce the number of school districts in Rhode Island appears doomed after a special commission issued preliminary recommendations saying that "regionalization" would not save as much money as originally hoped.
WASHINGTON-National standards for schools and school systems are essential if students are to attain new performance standards set forth in a recent report, members of a House subcommittee said here last week.
Washington--President Bush's $32.3-billion education budget for fiscal year 1993 has gotten a comparatively positive reception on Capitol Hill and in the education community, where a decade of Republican budgets have routinely been declared "dead on arrival."
Washington--Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander has proposed financing this year's Blue Ribbon Schools competition from a $100-million fund set aside for new programs.
Washington-A federal advisory panel last week called for continued federal recognition for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Higher Education, despite that regional accrediting agency's controversial policy of requiring colleges and universities to meet a cultural-diversity standard.
A federal appeals court has ruled that a University of Maryland scholarship program for black students is unconstitutional unless it is shown I to be a remedy for the present-day effects of past acts of racial discrimination.
The two Republican candidates challenging President Bush this year appear to be driven more by the desire to thrust certain issues into the Presidential debate than by any realistic prospect of capturing the G.O.P. nomination.
All five major Democratic Presidential candidates have acknowledged the importance of education, particularly as an essential part of any strategy to bring the nation out of its economic doldrums. Most of them also have criticized President Bush at least once for what they see as his failure to live up to his promise to be the "education President."
As the debate over school choice heats up once again, in the halls of Congress and in many state capitals, a favorite gambit of defenders of the status quo is to damn such changes as "sure to undermine public education" or "bad for the public schools."
Frank R. Kemerer's Commentary, "The Publicization of the Private School" (Jan. 8, 1992), will prove an effective weapon in the hands of the public school lobby. It will please all others who fear competition in education, who don't like the idea of parental choice in schools, or who harbor antagonism toward religious schools. The article is built on a number of false assumptions.
Educational choice is being touted as an alternative to serious investment in our public schools. It's a low-cost, pass-the-buck "solution"-attractive politically but damaging educationally.
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