March 4, 1992

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SAN DIEGO--In the schools that Philip Gay and his colleagues envision, science would no longer be a compartmentalized course in a student's daily schedule, but an ongoing, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary process reflecting a personal search for knowledge.
WASHINGTON--Seeking to make its mark on the process of setting national standards for science education, the National Science Teachers Association is poised to publish an exhaustive guide to curriculum reform based on its long-term program to improve secondary-school science.
WASHINGTON-Victims of sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination in schools may sue for monetary damages under federal civil-rights law, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week.
WASHINGTON-Chris Whittle, the Tennessee businessman who has set his sights on developing a chain of innovative for-profit private schools, last week announced an eclectic group of seven "core team" members--including two nationally prominent education-reform advocates- to design the project.
The stream of plant closings and layoffs announced by leading companies hit by the continuing recession and pressures to become more competitive is forcing school districts to contend with local economic upheaval and vast uncertainties in preparing budgets and considering long-term plans.
In a test of Denver's new system of school-based management, several schools are engaged in what is being called a "power struggle" with the board of education over the right to set testing policy.
John A. Murphy, the superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenberg, N.C., public schools, has proposed that the district end its forced busing program and establish several new magnet schools.
While the "coping" skills of adults have been the focus of many studies, less is known about coping mechanisms that work best for children.
ALEXANDRIA, V A.-Nervous laughter and subdued, preoccupied banter about college, the Super Bowl that would take place later in the day, and hometowns fill Bryan Library on the campus of the Episcopal High School, a private high school here.
As the 1992 election campaign season moves into full swing, a number of organizations are gearing up voter-registration drives and education efforts aimed at young people.
WASHINGTON--The American Psychological Association has recruited 500 of its members as volunteers to provide mental-health services to disadvantaged preschoolers enrolled in the Head Start program.
WASHlNGTON--American television can have a positive educational impact on children, but most of what young viewers see on TV is likely to promote antisocial behavior, gender and racial stereotyping, and poor eating habits, a report by the American Psychological Association asserts.
The DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation last week awarded a $1.2-million grant to Hunter College and Lehman College to help uncertified teachers in New York City's most disadvantaged schools earn their master's degrees.
Nearly two-thirds of all teenage girls who become pregnant may have been sexually abused as children, one of the first reports to study the possible relationship between these two problems has found.
In the nationwide push to measure the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that young people gain from school, students with disabilities are being overlooked, according to a new study.
WASHINGTON-A diverse group of 28 scholars, educators, and school administrators began work last month on developing national standards for what students should "know and be able to do" in history.
WASHINGTON--The American public is concerned about the quality of science and mathematics instruction in public schools and believes that secondary-school students should be required to study more science, according to a federal report on trends in science and engineering.
The following are the members of the Edison Project's "core team":
Even as Massachusetts officials continue their search for a new education commissioner, Gov. William F. Weld is proposing to strip that office and the state board of education of much of their authority and responsibility.
Georgia legislators have scrapped a proposal to fund school construction through voter-approved local sales taxes after meeting resistance from municipal leaders who did not want to have to compete with school districts for funds.
Local educators should stop arguing about the one best approach to educating language minorities and instead focus on tailoring programs to fit the needs of their own schools, a study released by the California education department last week urges.
New Jersey lawmakers have set up the first major potential confrontation between the new Republican legislative majority and the Democratic Governor by approving legislation to postpone local school elections in the state for three weeks.
WASHINGTON--Little has changed for hearing-impaired schoolchildren in the four years since a federal commission concluded that the education of deaf students was "unacceptably unsatisfactory," witnesses last week told a House panel beginning work on extension of federal deaf-education programs.
On last week's Grammy Awards television program, Michael Green, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, took a wipe at the Bush Administration's America 2000 education plan for its neglect of the arts.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to decide whether attorneys' fees should be awarded to the plaintiffs in civil rights lawsuits when they win only nominal damages.
WASHINGTON-After dropping the most contentious component of a bill reauthorizing the Higher Education Act and deferring consideration of another controversial proposal, the Senate late last month handily passed the measure by a 93-to-1 vote.
WASHINGTON--In the wake of the Senate's rejection of private-school vouchers, the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee has decided to walk away from a deal with the Bush Administration on school choice.
WASHINGTON--The coordination of federal programs that support precollegiate mathematics and science education has improved dramatically under the Bush Administration, but not enough to make the programs a significant force in helping the nation's schools meet the national education goals, lawmakers said last week.
WASHINGTON--The House Budget Committee last week approved a budget resolution that calls for a $15-billion reduction in defense spending, and includes two different options for the use of those savings.
Death is a topic most teachers would rather not discuss, let alone teach. It is easy to understand why surveys show that very few elementary-school teachers deal with the subject in any planned manner in their classes. Death is an uncomfortable topic to think about, so we look for reasons not to teach it. We rationalize by thinking inwardly, "How can I even begin to explain something to my class of small children that I don't understand well myself?"
The central message of a new book by Patricia Albjerg Graham, former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and now head of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, is that school reform can succeed only if it is a collective effort of society's component parts.
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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