May 13, 1992

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The school field trip, long considered a necessary element for a well-rounded education, can become a safety or legal nightmare when something goes awry.
WASHINGTON--Giving impetus to a long-neglected discipline in the school curriculum, the National Assessment Governing Board late last week was poised to adopt a draft framework for the first full-blown national assessment of students' grasp of geography.
BRONXVILLE, N.Y.--Once a month, Bil Johnson hops in his 1989 Plymouth Sundance and drives north to John Jay High School in upper Westchester County to talk with teachers about school reform.
Young people under age 25, mainly impoverished blacks, were among the first to begin rioting on the streets of South-Central Los Angeles following the verdict in the Rodney G. King beating case, representing the leading edge of a violent wave that within hours brought rioters of all ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds out across the city, local observers said last week.
As children returned to Los Angeles classrooms last week, educators were buoyed by the fact that schools were all but spared in the wave of violence that swept over large chunks of the city in the wake of the Rodney G. King verdict.
Students at Lindhurst High School in Olivehurst, Calif., were scheduled to resume classes this week, 10 days after a Lindhurst dropout allegedly terrorized staff and students in a violent rampage, killing four, wounding nine, and holding dozens of others hostage for more than eight hours.
Howard University, the nation's largest four-year predominantly black postsecondary-education institution, awarded the most undergraduate degrees to blacks during the 1988-89 academic year, according to a new survey released last week.
Spelman College officials announced last week that they will receive the largest gift ever made to a predominantly black college.
In a significant step toward the development of a national examination system, some 500 4th-grade teachers in 17 states and 6 school districts this week will begin piloting the prototype for such a system.
Founded in 1971 by the civil-rights lawyer Morris Dees, the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., seeks to advance the legal rights of poor people and minorities.
Some 71 percent of high-school juniors and seniors rare their teachers as "excellent" or "good," while only 36 percent give the" schools similarly high marks, according to a survey released last week by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Sylvan Learning Centers.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--During most of his working hours, Eugene Lujan uses computers to design weaponry and other scientific equipment. But one day in late April, he is standing in a classroom at Isleta Pueblo and poking wooden skewers into balloons, to the delight of a roomful of 1st graders.
In an unusual statewide broadcast earlier this year, Louisiana's public-television stations aired a program that featured segments on the role of part-time teachers in reforming mathematics and science instruction in the state and on its nationally recognized educators.
Hispanic students with disabilities are far more segregated in American high schools than black special-education students, and they get fewer classroom opportunities to learn vocational skills, according to a national study.
Almost 600 teachers and administrators have taken advantage of an early-retirement program offered by the Denver school district, raising fears that the system will have trouble finding enough experienced replacements.
WASHINGTON--The National Education Association has taken another small step in the lengthy process that could ultimately lead to a merger with the American Federation of Teachers.
Los Angeles teachers who are not members of the local teachers' union can avoid paying for union activities unrelated to collective bargaining only if they object in writing, a federal appeals court has ruled.
A public-school district in Arizona may not provide a sign-language interpreter for a deaf student attending a church-sponsored school, a divided federal appeals court has ruled.
The Learning Channel this month rolled out the first show of its new Saturday morning block of children's educational programming.
WASHINGTON--President Bush last week named Deputy Secretary of Education David T. Kearns to head the task force that is formulating the Administration's response to the Los Angeles riot.
Nearly every student in America has learned something since a jury virtually exonerated four white police officers accused of severely beating the black motorist Rodney G. King and rioters took to the streets in Los Angeles, educators said last week.
The Mississippi Legislature last week narrowly overturned Gov. Kirk Fordice's veto of a bill that raises the state's sales tax by 1 percent to support public education.
The Massachusetts legislature's joint education committee has voted to repeal the state's controversial school-choice law that was hastily adopted during the budget process last year.
Wisconsin officials last week were planning to release $29 million in general funds to balance the state school-aid account after a judge declared that the state cannot use lottery proceeds to finance education.
Gov. George V. Voinovich of Ohio was expected last week to approve a compromise with the state legislature that would nearly halve the number of positions on the state school board but continue the practice of electing board members from across the state.
State education officials in Kentucky last week celebrated a milestone for the state's 1990 school-reform law when Gov. Brereton C. Jones signed a budget requiring minimal funding cuts and lawmakers concluded a session marked by support for the landmark education program.
A plan to equip every Kentucky classroom with computers and to link all the state's schools electronically has been approved by three key state panels, a long-awaited action that is central to the state's weeping education-reform effort.
A school-reform package approved before the Hawaii legislature adjourned last month takes key steps toward transferring decisionmaking and budgeting authority from the state's centralized education system to individual schools.
The Illinois General Assembly has moved to let voters decide on a constitutional amendment that would force the state to pay most of the costs of public education.
WASHINGTON--Any health-insurance-reform bill adopted by the Congress must include provisions that specifically target the health-care needs of children and adolescents, child-health advocates said last week.
WASHINGTON--Job-training policymakers in the Education and Labor departments were left with daunting issues to tackle following a series of regional hearings that revealed broad support for a system of occupational-skill standards for work-bound youths.
WASHINGTON--House and Senate conferees began working late last week to fashion a fiscal year 1993 budget resolution.
WASHINGTON--For the first time in eight years, the House has approved a bill that would reauthorize the primary federal family-planning program.
Ross Perot last week offered a glimpse of what he would say on the stump should he declare an independent Presidential candidacy, delivering a speech on education to a group of money managers that was light on policy details, heavy on folksy humor, grounded in business-management philosophy, and sprinkled with apparent inconsistencies.
Modern educationists can be divided into two main groups: the eggheads and the lovers. The egghead is primarily concerned with teaching subject matter and skills while the lover wants to "facilitate'' the development of children into "self-actualizing,'' creative, loving adults. The egghead is concerned that the kids "think'' right; the lover that the kids "feel'' right.
Just in time for Christmas, General Motors made an announcement that simply stunned Americans who had grown numb to a more than year-long dose of bad economic news: That G.M. was poised to lay off 74,000 workers by 1995, its profits and market share in a state of free fall, even as its product, the cars and trucks that roll off the assembly line, may be the best ever.
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