April 15, 1992

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WASHINGTON--Lawmakers should move beyond Chapter 1's current focus on individual remediation and use the program as a tool to force state and local officials to upgrade the quality of schools that educate disadvantaged children, a panel of Chapter 1 experts has urged.
RACINE, WIS.--Improving the magnitude and quality of parental and family involvement in public schools must become a national priority, leaders of major national education associations said at a "Parental Involvement Summit" convened here last week by the National PTA.
WASHINGTON--Unless schools, health providers, parents, and policymakers join together to help young adolescents, a large proportion of today's teenagers will face troubled and unhealthy lives as adults, report to be issued this week by the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development concludes.
WASHINGTON--Wholesale changes in teacher education, in-service training, and student assessments are key ingredients in a long-overdue transformation of the nation's schools, a Labor Department commission on workers' skill deficiencies urged last week.
Five students at Ysleta High School in El Paso have made history by being the largest single group of Hispanic students from a general attendance public high school to gain admission to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school board has approved a plan to end the district's forced-busing program, but only after making modifications to address the concerns of black board members and I community activists.
Nearly one in five high-school students have had four or more sex partners, placing them at increased risk of contracting the virus that causes AIDS, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found.
A significant minority of adolescents spend their teenage years unsure of their sexual orientation, a new study asserts.
The National Education Association and cable television's Learning Channel are scheduled next week to inaugurate a collaborative effort to produce programming geared to classroom teachers.
Mind Extension University, a five-year-old cable channel that describes itself as "the education network," has launched its first education-degree program.
WASHINGTON--Shifting policy and fiscal priorities of the federal and state governments are damaging public higher education, the presidents of 16 public colleges and universities warned at a press conference here last week.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.--The ivy-covered halls of Harvard University have seldom seen the effects of poverty and blight that afflict many inner-city classrooms.
Like countless school systems across the country, the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Schools are struggling with tight budgets brought on by the recession.
As part of a move toward site-based management, some schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District have tried to involve parents and teachers in hiring principals and other staff members.
NEW ORLEANS--A subgroup of the religious right wing is launching a "systematic movement to take over American education," an educational researcher asserted last week.
NEW ORLEANS--A new survey of high-school English teachers and their counterparts in higher education suggests the two groups hold different views on the teaching of writing.
WASHINGTON--An advocacy group for minority education last week unveiled a plan for improving science and mathematics instruction that calls for a five-fold increase in the number of minority students who enter precollegiate teaching by the year 2000.
In the face of the massive drawdown of U.S. troops stationed in Europe, the Defense Department will close nearly 10 percent of its schools for military-related dependents in Germany this June.
The Connecticut Supreme Court last week issued a ruling that could make it much tougher for teachers in the state to prove they have been slandered or libeled.
Gov. Ann W. Richards of Texas last week launched yet another attempt to devise a school-funding system acceptable to the state supreme court by unveiling a plan that would funnel commercial-property taxes into state coffers.
Bowing out of a bruising confrontation with Republicans in the legislature, Idaho's Democratic Governor has allowed a $496-million school-finance package to become law without his signature.
The school-finance problems that have preoccupied a number of state legislatures in the past two years descended on Kansas last week like a prairie tornado, leaving lawmakers a day before their session's end unsure how the matter would be resolved, and where-and on whom the fallout would land.
After languishing for two decades in the New Jersey legislature, a bill to require installation of seat belts on school buses may have a chance this year, thanks to a promise of support from Gov. James J. Florio.
WASHINGTON--Private-school groups have apparently dropped for the time being their active quest for a voucher plan that would use federal funds to help children attend private schools, fearing a high-profile defeat on the issue in the Congress.
WASHINGTON--A frequently cited study by the National Science Foundation claiming that the nation will experience severe shortages of scientists and engineers until early in the next century was pronounced "seriously flawed" and misleading last week by a panel of experts.
WASHINGTON-The Education Department will base mo t grant awards for the 1992-93 school year on 1980 census data rather than wait for data from the 1990 census, Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander announced last week.
WASHINGTON-Federal efforts to reduce the spread among teenagers of the virus that causes AIDS have been "underfunded, uncoordinated, and largely unsuccessful," a Congressional study concludes.
Albert Shanker, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, last week used his weekly paid newspaper column to urge New Yorkers to vote for Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas in the Empire State's Democratic Presidential primary.
What's the difference between research and rhetoric? In the public debate about parental choice in education, it's getting harder and harder to tell.
The good news is that performance assessment has succeeded: Policymakers from Maine to California and Washington to Florida have discovered it.
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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