April 22, 1992

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In what top federal officials called a significant advance in the state of the art, the National Assessment of Educational Progress has concluded that it can conduct a large-scale assessment of students' writing abilities by using their classroom work.
PEKIN, ILL.--Judy Bitner beams as she tells how her daughter, Ashley, at age 7, has already written her first book as part of a school project to encourage young authors. Her 3-year-old son, Bodie, meanwhile, is gaining an early appreciation of the written word from the stories his mother now reads to him each day.
LITTLETON, COLO.--To help her students begin working on a research project that will cap their final year at Mark Twain Elementary School here, Margie Zyzda, a 5th-grade teacher, is working with them on the topics they propose to investigate.
WASHINGTON--When Walter E. Massey, the director of the National Science Foundation, announced the signing of a groundbreaking cooperative agreement with the Education Department earlier this year, one program he said would benefit from the pact is the National Research and Education Network.
The National Center for History in the Schools is set to publish a plan for teaching history that lays out in massive detail, for virtually the first time, one group's view of what students across the nation should know about the subject and why they should study it.
WASHINGTON--Most public schools do not do much in a systematic way to help preschoolers make the transition to kindergarten, a federal study concludes.
WASHINGTON-A sharp drop in income and a rise in child poverty among young families since 1973 has turned the gap between the standard of living for younger and older families into a "chasm," according to a report released last week by the Children's Defense Fund.
The RJR Nabisco Foundation announced last week that it will award a total of $9 million to 14 schools selected as winners in the final round of its "Next Century Schools" grant competition.
FREDERICK, MD.--As a pediatrician in this western Maryland community, Charles E. Wright has ministered to the physical needs of children for more than a quarter of a century.
Two educational publishers recently unveiled products designed w conform w national efforts to reform science and mathematics education.
In July, Gene R. Carter, the superintendent of schools in Norfolk, Va., will become the executive director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He will replace Gordon Cawelti, who has headed the association for the past 19 years.
With the city of Philadelphia facing severe financial problems, a program that boosts salaries for some senior teachers in the city school district--at a cost totaling up to $16 million this school year--is raising some eyebrows.
Business-education partnerships, which have taken root over the past decade not only in the United States but also in m t other Western industrialized nations, are at a critical stage where they must how a longterm commitment to school reform, according to an international report.
In her latest salvo against the alcohol industry, Surgeon General Antonia Novello released two reports last week indicating that teenagers who drink are more likely to commit crimes or to be victims of crimes and accidents.
Business leaders in San Antonio last week announced an educational choice program that will help fund private-school tuition for some 700 students from low-income families.
The Yonkers (N.Y.) City Council last week approved an agreement to address housing segregation that had been linked, in a landmark federal court case, to segregation in the city's schools.
Children's 'Television Workshop, producer of "Sesame Street" and other public. television educational shows, addresses a topic designed for an adolescent audience in a one hour pedal next month.
The Chicago public schools' bureaucracy has engaged in a number of questionable budgeting practices, including hiring new central-office staff and increasing central-office salaries despite a freeze on hiring and promotions, a new report asserts.
Healthy infants, when being put to sleep, should be placed on their backs or their sides in order to reduce the chance that they will develop Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended last week.
The New York City school system's magnet-schools admissions procedure appears to offer students a choice of schools without leading to increased segregation by race or class, a new study asserts.
WASHINGTON--When Nguyen Minh Chau's son was growing up, she say , he had a "terrible time" with history classes in school.
It may take several years to sort out how successful Even Start is in breaking down barriers that block the path to literacy for some parents and children, experts believe.
LITTLETON, COLO.--As a crucial part of Its school-restructuring effort, Littleton High School scrapped the use of Carnegie units as graduation requirements and replaced them with a list of competencies. It began to develop a system of assessments to measure student attainment of these abilities.
Setting up a confrontation with the federal government over the cost of educating military dependents, a committee of the Illinois House has approved a bill to allow some school districts to carve military bases out of their boundaries.
Gov. Jim Edgar of Illinois has proposed to use an anticipated increase in profits from the state lottery to fund a $30 million increase in state aid for public schools.
A task force studying inequities in the funding of Illinois schools is expected next month to release a set of politically explosive recommendations that observers say are sure to escalate the finance-reform debate in a state with one of the largest gaps between wealthy and poor school districts in the nation.
Signaling that the tax revolt that has shaken state politics and school budgets may be ebbing, New Jersey voters have approved nearly three quarters of their local school districts' spending plans for next year.
HARRISBURG,PA.--A Pennsylvania regulatory panel last week overrode the objections of a vocal group of conservative parents and endorsed a sweeping set of rules calling for outcome- based education in the state.
WASHINGTON--Having disposed of the most controversial proposals earlier in the legislative process, members of the House and Senate are expected to breeze through an upcoming conference on bills to extend the Higher Education Act.
WASHINGTON--Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander last week renewed federal recognition of a regional accrediting agency that he had singled out for scrutiny because it required institutions to meet a cultural diversity standard.
One year after unveiling his America 2000 education strategy, President Bush used a Pennsylvania school as the backdrop for a speech that blasted the Congress for rejecting much of his plan, touted new student-aid and job-training proposals, and renewed his claim to the title of "Education President.
In a speech last week at a Pennsylvania high school, President Bush repeated charges that Democratic lawmakers are ignoring his America 2000 education strategy in favor of "business as usual" legislation. He said he wants to "serve notice" on "the education lobby and their friends back on Capitol Hill" that they "cannot stop change."
WASHINGTON--A drive by the Bush Administration to inform non-member workers of their right to partial refunds of union "agency fees" apparently will not have a major direct impact on teachers' unions, union officials said last week.
BALTIMORE--Special educators should "take the lead" in helping to carry out President Bush's America 2000 plan for reforming education. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander said last week.
President Bush's education initiative, America 2000, would create 535 New American Schools as models to demonstrate that excellence is possible. One key component of the proposal is to cut "federal and state red tape that gets in the way ... "
The tale that William J.Bennett relates In The Devaluing of America is of lessons learned In three high-profile positions In the Reagan and Bush Administrations: chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Secretary of Education, and director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
An extraordinary educational event has taken place in this country. As of 1991, all states agreed to provide educational services for every child with a developmental disability from birth. The objective of this intense effort at early intervention is to accelerate the development of slow children so that they can be integrated into the mainstream.
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