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WASHINGTON--Concluding that the Education Department's research arm has been rendered ineffective by underfunding and organizational weakness, a National Academy of Sciences panel last week issued a sweeping blueprint to ''rebuild'' the office of educational research and improvement.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it easier for school districts to be relieved from some federal court supervision of their desegregation programs, even when they have not implemented all aspects of their programs or when racial imbalances persist because of population shifts beyond their control.
NEW YORK CITY--In March 1985, a 15-year-old named David Nieves wrote:
PRINCETON, N.J.--Caroline Angrisani can recall a time in this small university town when school-board elections generated barely a ripple of interest.
Local school boards should be reconstituted to focus more on education policy and less on the ''micromanagement'' of their districts, widely anticipated report released last week argues.
Declaring that the Chicago Board of Education i incapable of decentralizing the school system's bureaucracy, an oversight panel has announced that it will launch its own investigation into what the city's schools need and want from the administration.
He was back teaching 5th grade in Santa Ana, Calif., this semester after a tumultuous year and a half that culminated in his spending six months in a military prison for refusing to serve in the Persian Gulf war when his Air Force reserve unit was activated.
After twice delaying the vote, the Toledo, Ohio, school board last week ratified a new contract with the Toledo Federation of Teachers, despite black leaders' charges that the agreement includes a clause that discriminates against minorities.
ANTIOCH, ILL.--Although they may never appear in a Jane Fonda exercise video, the students in Debbie Rummel's physical-education class here would be satisfied just to achieve the body of an average Jane or Joe.
Since 1978, Jerome Kagan, the Starch Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, has been researching shyness in children.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has published a document designed to help high schools make the transition from existing math curricula that distinguish between the college-bound and other students to a "common core" of learning that engages all students.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has awarded a $1.5-million grant to the Carter Center to support the center's Atlanta Project, a program designed to improve the quality of life for the city's low-income children and families.
A New York State judge has approved a plan by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island to retain control of and reopen a school it closed last year, rejecting an attempt by a group of parents, alumni, and teachers to take it over.
WASHINGTON--Schools should conduct re-inspections for asbestos containing materials that are even more thorough than their original inspections three years ago, a new document issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency state.
A prominent researcher whose work has been instrumental in persuading health officials to adopt a stricter standard for acceptable levels of childhood exposure to lead is being investigated on charges that he manipulated data in his seminal study on lead poisoning.
The responsibilities of education-policy boards, according to the Task Force on School Governance:
WASHINGTON--Urban superintendents and school-board members may not always agree, but a new survey by the National School Boards Association shows that both groups identify similar factors as undermining their relations.
The Colorado House last week approved a bill that would allow individual public schools, with faculty and parental approval, to withdraw from their school districts to attempt new educational approaches.
The New York legislature completed deliberations on a budget last week only one day into the state's new financial year-dose enough for lawmakers to claim an on-time finish and ample enough to earn cheers from education advocates pleased with the prospect of a year without state-aid cuts.
Facing a new lawsuit calling for more equitable distribution of Louisiana's education dollars, Gov. Edwin W. Edwards last week proposed a $2.5-billion education budget that includes $38.2 million for the first year of a five-year program to revamp the way the state funds public education
Educators and school administrators across California have begun to wonder aloud how education will fare in the current legislative session with Superintendent of Public Instruction Bill Honig, their hard-charging point man, busy defending himself against conflict-of-interest charges.
Despite attempts by Republican lawmakers to postpone the election of local school-board members and the consideration of district budgets, New Jersey voters will go to the polls this week after all.
In an effort to control the rising numbers of pupils in special education, Massachusetts school officials are proposing to tighten the state's definition of who qualifies for disabled-student programs.
Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander called on his musical skills last week when he was chosen to be the Republican Party's designated comedian at the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club, an organization of Washington journalists.
WASHINGTON--Secretary of Education Alexander is poised to make a decision that will determine the disposition of billions of dollars in federal education fund and decide whether some Chapter 1 teachers will receive layoff notices this spring.
WASHINGTON--Setbacks in both the House and Senate have effectively doomed prospects for a transfer of defense dollars to domestic programs this year, virtually ensuring that the appropriations process will feature tightly restricted spending choices and competitive lobbying efforts by domestic interest groups.
WASHINGTON--The House Education and Labor Committee appears likely to adopt legislation that would allow the development of a national assessment system for measuring student achievement.
The landmark federal welfare law enacted in 1988 has not fulfilled its potential to fundamentally redefine the mission of the welfare system, but it is prompting states to place more emphasis on meeting the educational needs of welfare clients, a study concludes.
WASHINGTON--The National Education Goals Panel has approved a resolution to move forward in developing a comprehensive early-childhood assessment system to help gauge children's readiness for school.
WASHINGTON-Putting off for now a potentially contentious dispute over a proposed policymaking board for the Education Department's office of educational research and improvement, a House subcommittee last week approved a bill to reauthorize and revamp the O.E.R.I.
Highlights of the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences' report, "Research and Education Reform: Roles for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement":
We recognize that although demographic changes influencing the composition of a school's student population may well have no causal link to prior de jure segregation,judicial control of student assignments may still be necessary to remedy persisting vestiges of the unconstitutional dual system....
The following are excerpts from the U.S. Supreme Court's majority and concurring opinions in Freeman u. Pitts (Case No. 89-1290).
JUSTICE BLACKMUN, with whom JUSTICE STEVENS and JUSTICE O'CONNOR join, concurring in the judgment. . . .
Our decision will be of great assistance to the citizens of DeKalb County, who for the first time since 1969 will be able to run their own public schools, at least so far as student assignments are concerned.
School-law experts agreed last week that the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the DeKalb County, Ga., school-desegregation case will be relatively mild.
"Stigma, the endemic devaluation many blacks face in our society and school ," is at the heart of their school failure, a social psychologist writes in the April issue of The Atlantic.
wish that I were handsome. I also wish that I could afford to purchase three-quarter-page advertisements in issues of Education Week to give educators my perspectives on current, controversial topics involving education.
A critique of Teach For America? It's about as popular as badmouthing the Peace Corps. Yet as the first wave of Teach For America America idealists reach the end of their two-year teaching commitment I have a growing sense of unease.
The Great Education Debate of the 1992 Presidential race was over before it began. Nobody showed up, not even an "education President" running for reelection The media spotlight that could have transformed school reform into a front-rank campaign issue never got a clear fix on it.
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