May 27, 1992

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The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey was scheduled this week to announce a five-year, $125-million capital campaign that officials believe would be the largest fundraising drive conducted to date by an independent school.
Members of a broad-based coalition of business, labor, school-district, civic, and community leaders are hashing out a plan to restructure the deeply troubled Los Angeles Unified School District.
DENVER--As an over-age junior-high-school student slated to attend North High School here, Sergio Rubio was, he recalled last week, "in the process of dropping out."
For the kickoff rally for an unprecedented state campaign, the symbol that confronts the audience here seems somewhat ominous--a "doomsday'' clock, its hands bent, its numbers askew.
WASHINGTON--Provoking a veto threat from Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, the House Education and Labor Committee last week approved legislation to authorize the development of national subject-matter standards, but not the creation of a national testing system.
In Plains, Ga., the hometown of Jimmy Carter, officials are busy converting the former President's old school into the visitors' center of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
School officials in Fairfax County, Va., have changed their procedures for running criminal-record checks on substitute teachers after discovering that a convicted killer who had escaped from prison had been working in the school system for almost two months.
A shortfall of nearly half a million dollars in the Vermont Department of Education's budget stemmed from mismanagement of funds over the past four fiscal years, not illegal activity, an independent audit has concluded.
School officials in Georgia must take steps to educate children with emotional disabilities closer to their homes, instead of sending them to institutions out of state, according to a ruling this month by a federal judge.
Poor program attendance has been a significant barrier to bolstering the educational skills of welfare recipients under the federal welfare-reform law, a five-state study released last week concludes.
The Seattle school board voted overwhelmingly this month to phase out mandatory busing for racial balance in the district's schools. Voluntary desegregation measures that give parents the choice of sending their children to magnet schools or to schools closer to their homes will be instituted as an alternative.
Mayor David N. Dinkins of New York City last week was resisting the efforts of city and state officials who want to see a windfall from a state lending agency go to the city's schools.
Despite raising taxes over the past 30 years to a record level, state and local governments have been unable to keep pace with the demand for services, triggering record deficits as well, according to a fact sheet published by the U.S. General Accounting Office.
Like all the other students in Joanna Ecke's American-literature class at Wilton High School here, Sister M. Andrina Logan dutifully carries her textbook to class four days a week and does the required readings by Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Benjamin Franklin. She takes copious notes, writes in her journal, and participates in classroom discussions.
After retiring from a long career as a writer and editor at Time magazine and other Time/Life publications, Peter B. Martin decided to launch his own international news wire service in 1986.
A group of artists, educators, industry representatives, and government officials has formed a national coalition to promote media literacy.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last week donated $8 million to launch a center for the study of substance abuse.
WASHINGTON--The House last week approved a fiscal year 1993 budget resolution that recommends $206 billion in spending authority for domestic discretionary programs, including $36.6 billion for education, job-training, and other social-service programs.
A federally financed study suggests that severely disabled students' degree of success in school may be directly correlated with the amount of time they spend in regular classrooms.
Officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District are weighing longer school days, but fewer of them, as an answer to a severe fiscal crisis.
A consensus package of reform measures for the Arizona public-school system appeared last week to be headed for oblivion as a divided legislature bickered over how to resolve a state budget crisis.
In a cover letter distributing copies of his recent testimony before the Education Committee of the New Jersey Senate, Commissioner of Education John Ellis observed that his comments were "not the normal statement a bureaucrat presents."
The school-reform movement in Alabama suffered a major setback last week as a $423-million education and tax package died in the legislature on the last day of the 1992 session.
A plan to revamp Louisiana's method of funding public schools cleared a significant obstacle last week when a House panel passed a fiscal 1993 spending bill that includes an additional $38.2 million to implement the first year of a finance- equity program.
The follwing are summaries of final actions by legislatures on education-related matters.
The Republican-majority New Jersey legislature last week voted to override Gov. James J. Florio's veto of a bill rolling back the state sales tax from 7 cents to 6 cents.
While Gov. Lawton Chiles hits the Florida hustings on behalf of higher taxes, several other governors are also trying to enlist grassroots support for tax reform.
Senator Tom Harkin thought he would needle Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander a little bit last week regarding recent comments by Bush Administration officials blaming the Los Angeles riot in part on Great Society social programs.
WASHlNGTON--The House Education and Labor Committee last week unanimously approved legislation to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week asked the Bush Administration for its views on whether public-school districts can be forced to pay for special-education placements in unaccredited private schools chosen by parents.
In a speech billed as a "major address" on education, Gov. Bill Clinton earlier this month charged that President Bush has tried to use the issue to score political points without backing up his rhetoric with either money or effort.
The school-construction industry continued to boom in 1991, with educational institutions spending a record $17 billion on construction, according to an annual survey conducted by American School & University magazine.
President Bush and Vice President Quayle last week reopened a national debate about single parenthood and other family issues with speeches that cited the loss of "family values" as a major reason for the recent riots in Los Angeles and other societal problems.
WASHINGTON--The House last week approved a fiscal year 1993 budget resolution that recommends $206 billion in spending authority for domestic discretionary programs, including $36.6 billion for education, job-training, and other social-service programs.
The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved by voice vote legislation to reauthorize and reorganize--the Education Department's research branch, after rejecting a Republican effort to give the President authority to appoint the members of a new board that would set research policy.
WASHINGTON--The Agriculture Department's decision to end the distribution of flour as a "bonus'' commodity will pose a financial hardship on school-lunch programs, nutrition officials said last week.
Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.
Like clothing, art, and pop music, education runs in fashions that transcend national boundaries. The present fad of creating partnerships with business has found favor with schools from Paris to Peoria, just as the idea of links with schools has appealed to executives from Renault to I.B.M. But in Europe as in North America there are skeptics who ask whether this new liaison between business and education can be anything more than a passing fancy that has little real impact on educational practice.
Many American schools are taking bold new approaches to teaching, revamping their governance structures, bringing computers into classrooms, and building partnerships with their local business communities. As important and well-meaning as these efforts are-a new program here, another change there-they are not the kind of sweeping overhaul of schools we need.
The National Association of State Boards of Education has organized a network to assist states in launching early-childhood-education initiatives and in reforming current programs, practices, and policies.
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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