March 11, 1992

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W. Edwards Deming glowers at the audience. Eliminate merit pay and student grades, he scolds. Stop ranking people and schools.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Education is slated this week to vote on rules that would make the state the first to require students to master a set of learning outcomes, rather than take a prescribed number of courses, in order to graduate.
Before Pennsylvania instituted a new system for allocating subsidized day-care slots a few years ago, the Lighthouse Family School in Philadelphia had been serving some 150 children, mostly from low-income Latino families.
In a ruling hailed by school-choice advocates, the Wisconsin Supreme Court last week upheld the experimental Milwaukee program that allows a limited number of children from low-income families to attend nonsectarian private schools at state expense.
WASHINGTON--Nearly 700 teams from around the country have submitted their best ideas for how to teach children and run schools to the New American Schools Development Corporation, in hopes of receiving millions of dollars in funding.
Advertisers are trying ever-more-creative ways to reach the lucrative youth market, but critics are becoming more aggressive all the time to stem the dangers they see in children's advertising.
Facing both widespread calls for school choice and competition from a privately funded voucher program, the board of the Indianapolis Public Schools has approved a "controlled" choice plan.
In the wake of the fatal shooting of two students at a Brooklyn high school, New York City officials last week unveiled a $28-million initiative designed to curb violence in the city's schools.
Donald W. Ingwerson, superintendent of the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky., last month was named the 1992 National Superintendent of the Year at the American Association of School Administrators' annual convention in San Diego.
As he addresses his audience, James A. Connelly comes across like an ambitious business executive giving a no-nonsense pep talk to his sales force.
School administrators are realizing that they can benefit from spending more time--and money--on public-relations activities.
A federal lawmaker has told members of a newly chartered educational-telecommunications body that he will ask the Congress to mitigate the financial risks of orbiting a satellite to facilitate distance learning.
A new computer system is partly responsible for dramatic increases in student-test scores in Montgomery County, Md., school officials there suggest.
The Los Angeles superintendent of schools has taken the unprecedented step of disciplining several top fiscal managers for errors that contributed to the district's $130 million mid-year budget shortfall.
Cable-television franchisees would be required to make one channel available for educational programming under the terms of an amendment that a federal lawmaker hopes to attach to a pending telecommunications measure.
The R.J.R. Nabisco Corporation has announced an education-assistance program that it hopes will break down the financial barriers to postsecondary education for the children of its 35,000 employees.
Intervention programs aimed at raising the expectations of disadvantaged youths can succeed in boosting college-attendance rates and can encourage success, but often are handicapped by a lack of information on successful tactics or are overwhelmed by the continuing pressures to raise funds, a new study concludes.
Private-industry council officials meeting last week in Washington learned from leading lawmakers that the Congress has yet to seriously consider the job-training reforms described earlier this year by the Bush Administration.
The Rochester, N.Y., school board last week voted to layoff 160 employees--including all of the district's elementary school librarians--to help close a $10-million budget deficit.
Administrators and faculty members engaged in teacher education believe they are being told to "do more," but with fewer resources and little say about what should be done to improve their programs, according to preliminary findings from a survey released here.
Iowa groups representing rural schools and conservatives are mounting an effort to oust State Director of Education William L. Lepley.
As they emerge from a year dominated by state budget cuts, leading Ohio lawmakers and educators appear to be making progress toward drafting substantial school-finance changes and wide-ranging classroom and governance reforms.
Ending two years of debate and frequent frustration, Gov. Ned McWherter of Tennessee is expected to sign an education-reform bill this week after approving a temporary tax increase to pay for it.
After debate, delays, and amendments, the Alabama House has approved a major package of education-reform measures that, among other changes, would revamp the state's 50-year-old teacher-tenure act and offer principals the option of giving up their tenure rights in exchange for a pay increase.
A "pattern of inadequate investment" by states in child care and early-childhood-development services is preventing children from entering school ready to learn and poor families from working and becoming self-sufficient, a report issued last week by the Children's Defense Fund contends.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last week approved a plan to implement a new version of the state's controversial teacher-evaluation system by the 1994-95 academic year.
Some months ago, the order apparently went out: No matter what the subject, every press release and every regulatory announcement emanating from the Education Department shall endeavor to mention America 2000 and the national education goals adopted by the Bush Administration and the National Governors' Association in 1990.
Internal squabbling dominated a meeting of the National Commission on Migrant Education last week, as its chairman took exception to critical public comments two members of the Congress had made about a draft of the panel's upcoming report.
A group of leading scholars convened to evaluate the first state-level assessment of student achievement last week urged caution in continuing the program.
WASHINGTON-An upcoming battle over budgetary rules is likely to determine how well education programs fare in fiscal 1993 before a single appropriations bill is introduced--and it appears that advocates for increased domestic spending ultimately will lose.
Asian-Americans in public schools are often exposed to bigotry, while receiving little academic help, a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights asserts.
Promising drug-abuse prevention programs offer adolescents comprehensive services and activities, the General Accounting Office concludes in a report.
WASHINGTON-The U.S. Supreme Court last week refused to allow the Federal Communications Commission to implement a total ban on indecency on radio and television.
When Steve Iachini speaks about W. Edwards Deming, his voice takes on the slight tremor of the initiate.
We are currently in a period of rekindled enthusiasm and escalating rhetoric about the role parents can play in public education. Their involvement was a theme sounded by President Bush and the nation's governors at the education summit.
Expanding the national dialogue on educational technology is the goal of Technos: A Quarterly for Education and Technology, which debuts this week.
Remember those days in elementary and secondary school when it seemed like an eternity before you would graduate and become grown-up? Remember how even the transition from one grade to another seemed to take forever? The reason time moved so slowly when we were young is because the psychological sense of time was different.
Since A Nation at Risk was published in 1983, school reformers have assumed that changing the subject matter students study and improving their academic performance will increase the nation's economic competitiveness globally. Presidents and candidates for President have pushed insistently for more math and science in the curriculum and higher scores on international tests.
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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