May 6, 1992

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An increasing number of communities are stepping in to bridge the gap between rapidly rising tuition costs and students who cannot afford to go on to college without financial assistance.
Supporters of a private-school-voucher initiative in California that observers predict could greatly intensify nationwide debate on the issue say they have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
HARTFORD, CONN.--The central office of the Hartford public schools sits in a north-end neighborhood some people are afraid to visit. It is surrounded by boarded-up buildings, a soup kitchen, and a liquor store with grating on its windows.
WASHINGTON--The College Board last week unveiled a program to create courses and examinations for high-school students that board officials say will complement other moves toward national standards and assessments.
MIAMI BEACH--Although philanthropic dollars earmarked for girls' and women's programs increased nearly fivefold during the 1980's, funding for such programs still remains small as a percentage of total grant-making, according to a study released here last week at the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations.
A plan to transfer Head Start programs run by the Chicago public schools to community-based centers has put the popular preschool program for disadvantaged children at the center of an emotional dispute pitting agency against agency and parent against parent.
The Paterson, N.J., schools end a local judge have joined forces in a new strategy to combat chronic absenteeism: sentencing the parents of habitually truant students to scrub graffiti off school walls, serve as hall monitors, and perform other menial tasks in the schools.
School districts faced with declining enrollments could avoid layoffs by using a popular Canadian program that allows teachers to defer part of their annual salaries to fund a year off with pay.
Increasing numbers of older, more experienced professionals are changing careers to become teachers, but little research has focused on the implications of this influx on schools.
For some teachers, the gulf between their own stable, educated backgrounds and the tumultuous lives of their unmotivated, truant--even violent--students represents a barrier that can be bridged with little more than compassion.
WASHINGTON--Businesses should do more to ensure that their employees and their children have access to high-quality health care, including preventive services, business leaders and health experts agreed last week.
Fearful that the economic recession and the school-reform movement may be adversely affecting some programs for gifted students, the Council for Exceptional Children is calling on its members to fight to maintain and expand such programs in their own communities.
WASHINGTON--American businesses will spend more than $4 billion this year on medical care for women and children who lack health insurance or who are Medicaid recipients, a study released here last week at the "Corporate Summit for Children" concludes.
The DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund has awarded $1.46 million to five children's science centers and museums to expand their youth programs and to help other institutions launch similar efforts.
The Knight Foundation last month awarded a $750,000 grant to Teach For America and a three-year, $300,000 grant to Cities in Schools.
Simon's Rock College of Bard, a small, well-regarded liberal-arts institution in western Massachusetts, has unveiled an unusual financial-aid program for students completing the sophomore year of high school.
The Green Brook 'Township (N.J.) Board of Education last week formally halted discussions with a for profit school-management firm after voters turned out several school-board members who had held discussions with the company.
To highlight the need for teamwork in easing the transition to school for young children, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the U.S.
The trustees of the nation's largest urban university last week approved a plan that will require incoming first-year students to complete 16 core high-school courses or to take those courses on the collegiate level after admittance.
The following are the co-chairmen of the five disciplinary task forces for the College Board's Pacesetter project.
Feeling the brunt of court-ordered state school-finance reform designed to reduce the gap between rich and poor schools, wealthy school districts in some states are looking to the creation of local education foundations as a way of restoring programs and keeping local funds out of reach of state policymakers.
Nebraska educators are hoping that a proposed amendment to the state constitution to be put before voters next week will bring a new era of financial stability to school budgets.
School choice, a longer school day and year, and mandatory English-comprehension programs are needed to help bolster California's economy and attract new industry to the state, according to a bipartisan report that recommends a host of reforms to state leaders.
WASHINGTON--The Agriculture Department's decision to eliminate flour as a bonus commodity item to schools is likely to have a limited impact on most schools' feeding programs, school and commodity officials say.
WASHINGTON--The formula for distributing Chapter 1 dollars has been much discussed but altered little in the compensatory-education program's 25 years.
WASHINGTON--After a yearlong delay, the Department of Agriculture last week released an updated "food pyramid" as its new symbol for communicating the elements of a healthy diet to schoolchildren and other Americans.
A vast majority of the colleges and universities in the South offer at least one remedial course in reading, writing, or mathematics, according to a new study, but few of those courses are available for credit toward graduation.
The National Education Association was poised late last week to endorse Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
Automobile manufacturers design and build new car models every few years. Most successful corporations review and restructure their operational models at least every few years.
May 6, 1992 New Books
We have a miserable performance record in educating low-income, racial and language-minority students. Given the changing demographics of our nation, we cannot succeed economically or in sustaining our democracy unless we succeed educationally with those students with whom we have historically failed.
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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