April 1, 1992

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Bill Honig of California confirmed late last week that he will face a criminal trial over felony conflict-of-interest charges following an indictment by a state grand jury.
CROSS, S.C.--More than 600 babies born each year in South Carolina do not live to celebrate their first birthday. For DeKendrick Davis, fortunately, the odds have gone up that he will not meet the same fate.
WASHINGTON--Nearly a decade after national reports sounded the alarm about the state of science education in the United States, the National Assessment of Educational Progress has found that those reports' calls for equal opportunities and excellence in the subject are "just as pertinent" as in 1983.
AUGUSTA, ME.--More than a year before a national panel of educators and business and political leaders called on the nation to define and set high standards for what every child should know and be able to do, the state of Maine had already set off down a similar path.
When the price of ice cream at an Ohio school's cafeteria went up 15 cents, a savvy 5th grader miffed at the price hike decided to put his classroom learning to good use.
WASHINGTON--Although the majority of Native American students face health risks no greater than those faced by non-Indians. a "sizable minority" of them are particularly prone to suicidal tendencies. alcohol abuse. and other unhealthful behaviors. according to a survey published by the American Medical Association.
The New York City school system is moving on several fronts to create at least 15 small, theme-oriented high schools to provide more supportive environments for students and to expand their choices among the city's high schools.
Responding to recent violent incidents and concerns about student-discipline problems raised by a high school headmaster and others in the Boston Public Schools, Mayor Raymond Flynn of Boston late last week called a meeting of top city and school officials to try to reach agreement on how to address the problem.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced last month that it will award more than $28 million to two initiatives designed to help states improve their foster-care systems and mental-health services for low-income children.
In August 1990, Richard P. Mills, Vermont's commissioner of education, and the state board of education challenged the 12 institutions in Vermont that educate teachers to devise a new process by which the state would approve their programs.
MILWAUKEE-Martin Haberman has been telling anyone who would listen for more than 30 years that not all teaching is the same. Urban teaching is different, he says, and successful urban teachers exhibit a distinct mixture of skills and beliefs.
Teachers in New York State spend an estimated $62 million annually out of their own pockets for "basic teaching supplies," New York State United Teachers estimates.
W ASHINGTON-With 20 years of experience, Clare Forseth, a 5th and 6th-grade mathematics teacher at Marion Cross School in Norwich, Vt., could be expected to be fairly certain about how she teaches math to upper-elementary students
WASHINGTON-Any national system of assessments should require test-makers to submit an "educational-impact statement" detailing their tests' effects on schooling, a coalition of four dozen civil-rights and education groups argued last week.
Elementary-school principals say standardized tests serve some useful purposes, but they do not believe a new series of national exams will improve learning in the nation's classrooms, according to survey results released last week by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Ushering in a new direction in testing, the Educational Testing Service plans to inaugurate a system that will enable students to take tests on a nationwide computer network.
A national survey of mathematics teachers indicates that a huge gap exists between the vision of inquiry-based, mathematical communities envisioned in a set of widely acclaimed national standards for math teaching and the world of classroom practice, where instruction is driven by standardized tests.
WASHINGTON-Despite widespread assumptions to the contrary, some progress has been made in both improving student enrollment in mathematics and science courses and in student achievement in those courses since the publication of A Nation at Risk, according to a report released by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Several technology-related businesses planned to announce new products during the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting last week in Boston, but only one offered a "sneak preview" of a science-related coming attraction.
New Mexico schools will be able to use state textbook funds to buy electronic materials for social-studies classes and reference needs, under an unusual textbook-adoption process approved by the state board of education.
An Illinois philanthropy has created a consortium to examine the productivity of the nation's schools.
Several Los Angeles public schools last week won $10,000 grants from a joint public-private restructuring efforts to help advance their school-based management ideas.
The Conference Board presented "Best in Class" awards last month to six companies for their educational achievements.
A Paris-based organization of foreign governments concerned with school-construction issues has opened its doors to participation by individual states in this country in hopes of exchanging ideas across the Atlantic.
Iowa's program of tax deductions and credits for parents who send their children to private schools does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on government establishment of religion, a federal judge has ruled.
A California task force has called for an overhaul of the state's high schools aimed at upgrading courses and strengthening the connection between school and work.
Private-school advocates in California would assume the duties of the state education department's defunct private-school office, under a plan scheduled to be considered by the state board of education next week.
Under pressure from Gov. William Donald Schaefer and the education community, the Maryland House last week approved the largest tax increase in the state's history.
GUILFORD, ME.--Tucked in a pocket of small towns on the edge of a long stretch of wilderness, this community is an unlikely setting for "break the mold" schooling.
An inquiry by the General Accounting Office has disclosed a relatively high number of cases at the Education Department-including two that investigators term suspicious-in which political appointees were "converted" into civil servants.
WASHINGTON--As part of an election year challenge to the Congress, President Bush last week presented lawmakers with a $3.6-billion list of projects he would like to cut from the current federal budget, including one school-related program: an appropriation that would fund a satellite-based environmental-education project.
WASHINGTON--The House last week passed a bill to expand access to federal financial-aid programs under the Higher Education Act.
Gov. Bill Clinton's first campaign appearance aimed at the April 7 New York primary was a March 21 address to members of New York State United Teachers.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week ordered a lower court to reconsider a Mississippi case in which the U.S. Justice Department has concluded that a 1986 state law governing changes in school-district boundaries appears to dilute the political strength of some black voters.
WASHINGTON-House lawmakers last week opened hearings on a bill aimed at making school work more relevant to the job market.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled 7 to 2 that a federal child-welfare law does not give children in state foster care a private right to sue in federal court to improve state services or conditions.
An innovative planning technique is blowing through school districts with the speed and force of a tornado crossing the plains. The words "strategic planning" have entered the lexicon of nearly every school board and superintendent as this "cutting edge" management technique becomes a growth industry saving countless educational consultants from the bite of recession.
I went downstairs to the budget office last week to ask Jaya something. "She will be back this afternoon," I was told. "She had to go to San Francisco to take her test to become a naturalized citizen."
We may be repeating a perennial mistake in education. Namely, that testing is the sure-fire way to produce high-quality instruction and learning in our schools.
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