February 19, 1992

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OXFORD, N.C.-Every day, Michael Ward wears a button that says "BAU," overlaid with a red slash, the universal symbol for "no."
Learnfare, Wisconsin's pioneering effort to link public assistance to school attendance, has not resulted in improved attendance among students whose families are on welfare, the first comprehensive study of the program has found.
Ask the Hemet, Calif., chamber of commerce to portray the community, and you will get a glowing tribute to a quiet town of about 50,000 located in the heart of a fertile valley. It is the home of the annual Ramona Pageant, a springtime play reviving romantic visions of Old California. Once a retirement community, it is being redefined by an influx of younger residents.
Forcing schools to compete for students and money holds the key to unlocking the "bureaucratic gridlock" that hamstrings public education, a new book released last week argues.
A shave-and-a-haircut costs more than two bits these days at Milford (N.Y.) Central High School-in fact, it can run as high as $10,000.
The Chicago Teachers Union last week received a $1.1-million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fundation to support a three-year effort to help the city's 26,000 teachers apply research about effective teaching and learning practices in their schools.
WASHINGTON--Leaders of nearly three dozen national education and youth-serving groups assembled here last week to begin outlining a plan for adopting recommendations from a report that concludes girls are being shortchanged by schools.
WASHINGTON--Responding to a personal plea from an official of the Russian Ministry of Education, a fledgling volunteer group is asking American schoolchildren to raise money for emergency food relief for their Russian counterpart.
To help the U.S. Education Department's office of educational research and improvement think through its mission, Diane S. Ravitch, the assistant secretary of education who heads the office, last month asked Maris A. Vinovskis, an education historian from the University of Michigan, to study the research that has been conducted at the O.E.R.I.
WASHINGTON-- To Floraline I. Stevens, the director of the program-evaluation and assessment branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the most important benefits her time at the National Center for Education Statistics has given her is peace and quiet.
If approximately 80 percent of all urban 2-year olds received the measles vaccine, moat measles outbreaks could be prevented, the results of a new study suggest.
The infant-mortality rate for babies born in the United States dropped to a new low in 1989, 9.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, the U.S. Center for Disease Control reported this month/
CHICAGO--The national education goals' emphasis on science achievement has helped place the development of national standards for precollegiate science teaching, curriculum, and assessment on a "fast track," a spokesman for the National Academy of Sciences said here last week.
CHICAGO-An attempt to lay the groundwork for a multicultural approach to precollegiate science instruction gave way to a hot debate here over whether a widely adopted "Afro-centric" science-curriculum document actually espouses "pseudoscience.
The California Department of Education has settled a federal lawsuit brought against it by a Christian graduate school that arose from a dispute over the school's creationism-based curriculum.
CHICAGO-A longitudinal study of student achievement in science and mathematics in both urban and non-urban schools indicates that enrollment in a suburban school system dot's not, in itself, appear to be a good indicator of academic or future career success.
WASHINGTON--A Labor Department panel making final revisions to its two-year report on changing skill demands for workers is preparing to release a 500-page supplementary report meant to grab the attention of teachers, curriculum officials, and counselors.
WASHINGTON--Iowans who earned General Educational Development certificates in the 1980's experienced substantial gains in employment, earnings and benefits, job skills, and job satisfaction, according to one of the first longitudinal studies of those who passed the G.E.D. test.
The DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund has awarded public-education funds in four urban school districts $4.6 million to revive their libraries.
Just as Japanese corporations corporations are exploring new avenues for philanthropic activity in the United States, Corporate Philanthropy Report has published three guides to help to help educators and others connect with Japanese grantmakers.
Even after exposure to an intensive public-awareness campaign on the need to improve education and workforce skills, many parents still believe that their local public schools are adequate and that problem schools only exist elsewhere, a new study suggests.
Whittle Communications has received a financial boost that should help it expand its "Channel One" classroom television news show and provide money for the research phase of its planned chain of private schools.
Although teacher-incentive programs exist in half the states, plans such as the one in Granville County, N.C., that tie individual teacher bonuses to student performance are still relatively rare.
In the face of a projected $1.2-billion budget deficit, Gov. William Donald Schaefer has offered Maryland lawmakers a stark choice: either approve a major revenue-raising proposal or accept a "doomsday budget" making cuts of unprecedented severity in education and other state programs.
Backed by the formidable lobbying clout of the state's teachers' unions, a bill to establish an autonomous, teacher-majority board to license and certify teachers has cleared the Indiana legislature.
Warning of the potential dangers to education posed by the initiative and referendum process, the powerful New Jersey Education Association is vowing to oppose a new effort to give voters in that state the authority to approve their own laws.
Massachusetts high-school teachers as well as students would be able to spend time at nearby postsecondary institutions to enrich their understanding of mathematics and science, under a proposal included in Gov. William F. Weld's 1993 budget.
WASHINGTON--Special educators and regular educators participating in the federal Chapter 1 program would be able to collaborate in serving disabled and disadvantaged students, under two sets of pending rule changes currently under consideration by the Education Department
Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander made his first campaign appearances on behalf of President Bush last week, a low-key swing through New Hampshire that went unreported by the national media.
WASHINGTON--While many segments of the education community are gearing up for 1993, when many of the federal precollegiate education programs are to be reauthorized, the stakes are especially high for schools that depend on impact aid.
Federal grants are the main source of drug-education and prevention funding in more than half of the nation's rural school districts, the General Accounting Office has found.
WASHINGTON-The Justice Department reportedly has notified 25 colleges and universities that it is no longer investigating them for possible violations of antitrust laws in connection with the sharing of tuition and financial-aid information.
Teachers have for years battled over a phonetic versus a "look-say" approach to reading. The recent release of a Yale University-based study of dyslexia ("Study Challenges 'All or Nothing' View of Dyslexia," Jan. 22, 1992) sets the stage for a similar battle between those who think dyslexia is a biologically based disability and those who maintain it is something children may naturally outgrow.
The American Association for Counseling and Development has entered the magazine-publishing arena for the first time in its 40-year history, launching a broadly focused journal to address the professional needs of its 60,000 members and other counselors working in education, health care, human-development agencies, industry, and other areas.
Let's get serious about school reform. What we have now is mostly political rhetoric and a widespread lack of accountability by all parties concerned. No one wants to do the right thing. It's far easier to blame someone else, particularly teachers and parents. If those who lead this nation became accountable for their actions, our schools would be in good shape. Rhetoric has never been, and will never be, a proper substitute for responsibility.
I consider myself half-educated. How could that be, you say. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and have been a professor there and at several other major universities. Yet, I say, I am only half-educated. How can that be?
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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