June 10, 1992

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The progress of RJR Nabisco's endeavor, believed to be the largest corporate program of cash grants to individual public schools, is drawing close scrutiny from educators and business executives alike. Many observers regard the program as a prototype for the New American Schools Development Corporation, the private organization set up last year at the request of President Bush that is planning to help underwrite "break the mold'' schools.
WINCHESTER, VA.-The tall, lanky 17-year-old burst into Julie R. Hunt's office here at a branch of the Grafton School and began to rock back and forth. He put his hand to his mouth and bent over. He seemed to want to talk, but no words came out.
The drastic downsizing of the U.S. military, combined with higher absolute standards for recruits on tests and other measures, is curtailing job opportunities for thousands of high-school graduates who had looked to the armed forces as an accessible route to advancement.
The nation's children were poorer, more diverse, and more likely to have fallen behind in school in 1990 than they were 10 years earlier, newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate.
LINCOLN CITY, ORE.--Norma S. Paulus, Oregon's feisty superintendent of public instruction, has come to this coastal community to sell an audience composed largely of senior citizens on one of the most ambitious school-reform efforts in the country.
In Brockton, Mass., more than 500 area students have been learning to express themselves through architecture.
As a result of a projected $38-million budget shortfall, officials of the St. Louis public schools have laid off 295 employees, including 80 teachers.
Thirteen-year-old Colorado students perform as well in mathematics and science as their peers in 19 foreign countries, the results of the most recent international assessment of student performance in math and science suggest.
A California Superior Court judge last week refused to temporarily ban the Channel One in-school news program from the San Jose public schools.
Bernard R. Gifford, the former dean of the school of education at the University of California at Berkeley who left academia to head the education division of Apple Computer Inc., has returned to the university.
A national gathering of mathematics educators later this month will lay the groundwork for preparing students to use graphing calculators on the Advanced Placement calculus test, an innovation expected to begin in 1995.
A new national survey suggests that interest in providing students with more international perspectives in their studies is high among state departments of education, but that funds to support such efforts may be limited.
A nonprofit telecommunications corporation has reached an agreement with a private firm that will allow it to begin beaming satellite-delivered educational programs to schools by early August.
Most public-service advertising campaigns aimed at urban African American teenagers are completely ineffective, according to a study by a marketing firm conducted for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
WASHINGTON--Teachers and counselors who attended institutes sponsored by the College Board this past year came away more confident that their minority students can do well in mathematics and science and eventually go to college, according to a study released here last week.
Sexist behavior in private secondary- school classrooms can be found not only in coeducational environments but in boys' and girls' schools as well, a University of Michigan study has found
Seeking to become "change agents'' in the movement to reform science education, the curators of more than 30 science museums met here last month with federal and local officials to begin a "dialogue'' about the resources their institutions can offer the the nation's schools.
Teams led by the presidents of 35 public colleges and universities will meet in Washington this month to develop a national agenda for improving teacher education.
Several years ago, Doug Cooper, a 5th-grade teacher in Seattle, hoped to sharpen his skills in science instruction when he enrolled in an internship program at the Pacific Science Center there.
The House last week approved a defense bill that would authorize $180 million in fiscal 1993 to train laid-off military employees to teach in the nation's public schools.
RJR Nabisco Inc.'s "Next Century Schools'' initiative is widely seen as a prototype for one of the most closely watched new undertakings in American education: the New American Schools Development Corporation.
Despite opposition from an organization of religious conservatives, the state curriculum commission in California has approved a new health- and sex-education framework for the public schools.
In a significant step toward holding schools accountable for student performance, the Florida Board of Education last week began considering an ambitious set of standards for what students should know and be able to do.
After many months of unremitting bad news, states may be getting some "faint glimmers of improvement'' on the fiscal front as the nation's economy improves.
California voters last week approved the largest school-bond issue in state history, a $1.9-billion plan that school officials said will begin to make a dent in the state's backlog of building projects.
Gov. William F. Weld of Massachusetts has run into resistance in the legislature over his plan to shift more of the state's system of subsidized day care from contracted slots to parental vouchers.
Unable after months of private talks with key lawmakers and the business community to reach an agreement on a compromise education- reform proposal, Gov. William F. Weld of Massachusetts last week broke ranks and submitted his own package to the legislature.
As part of broader efforts to strengthen their economies, a growing number of states are joining Oregon in moving to raise expectations for all students and to ease the transition from school to work for young people not headed directly to college.
Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander last week proposed that $100 million that had been set aside for new programs be used to aid growing school districts and inner-city schools, and to involve defense personnel in schools.
By prematurely releasing data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, President Bush could have threatened the credibility of the testing program, the chairman of NAEP's governing board warned last week.
Surrounded by an elementary-school glee club and children's artwork, officials of three federal agencies last week announced plans to develop "world class'' national standards for student achievement in the arts by 1994.
In television interviews aired on successive days, Ross Perot told one questioner that he opposes raising federal taxes but told the other that he would raise them to increase education spending.
By buying vaccines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, states could save millions of dollars on immunizations for Medicaid recipients that could be used to improve childhood-immunization programs, according to the preliminary findings of a General Accounting Office report.
WASHINGTON--Members of the House Appropriations panel that has jurisdiction over education and social-service programs will have a total of$61.6 billion to work with as they craft a fiscal 1993 spending bill, under an agreement reached last week by the chairmen of the 13 Appropriations subcommittees.
Washington--The Senate last week approved a major increase in authorized funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, easily beating back a challenge by critics of the public-broadcasting system
The U.S. Supreme Court last week let stand a financial sanction against a Texas man and his lawyer whose suit against a school district over a student drug search was held by a lower court to be frivolous.
Promoting community programs for teenagers, especially those at risk, will be the goal of a nationally circulated tabloid launched next September, Youth Today.
Change is a byword of education in the 90's. The accelerating pace of societal change has altered both the public expectations for schools and the nature of the students who attend them. Communities are expecting more from schools at the same time schools are being challenged by increasing numbers of the poor and minority students who have been traditionally underserved.
Wayne Hogan is a freelance writer and cartoonist based in Cookeville, Tenn.
Stephen R. Blanchard, director of admissions at the Greenhill School in Dallas, Tex., to headmaster at Augusta Preparatory School in Augusta, Ga.
Principals, administrators, and school leaders are usually proud to be perceived as "white collar'' professionals. And this can become a problem as we get ready for the year 2000 and beyond. Community and school-board expectations historically cast the school leader in the mold of a mythical, anachronistic 1950's corporate milksop--a paragon of predictability and a role model of orderly conformity.
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