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WASHINGTON--President Clinton's proposal to spend more than $1.2 billion over the next five years on youth apprenticeships aimed at moving young people into skilled jobs has added momentum to an already popular idea.
WASHINGTON--A public school district may provide a sign-language interpreter for a deaf student in a Catholic high school because such aid does not advance religion, the lawyer for an Arizona family told the U.S. Supreme Court last week.
SHORT PUMP, VA.--With their lunar landing craft in ruins and help more than 200 kilometers away, Jo Ann Mulvany's 9th graders are facing some tough choices as they prepare a list of tools they will need to trek to safety.
The "rapidly growing'' number and variety of before- and after-school programs based at schools and other sites have expanded opportunities for working parents to find a safe haven for their children during nonschool hours, a new federal study shows.
The U.S. Justice Department has barred the city of Newport News, Va., from holding at-large elections for its school board because, it said, such a procedure would be unfair to black voters.
In true pioneer spirit, 12 California students recently gave up the creature comforts of the 20th century to re-enact a forty-niner's search for gold.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the right of the state board of education to dismiss three members of the Harlan County school board under the state's school-reform law.
P. Michael Timpane, the president of Teachers College, Columbia University, has announced he will step down from that post in June 1994 after 10 years in office.
The Los Angeles school board has approved an effort to bring community and civil-rights groups and others into schools to help students deal with the issues raised by two court cases related to last year's riots.
After postponing a teachers' strike that was scheduled to begin Feb. 23, members of the United Teachers-Los Angeles were expected to vote late last week on a compromise pay agreement offered by Willie Lewis Brown Jr., the Speaker of the California House.
A federally funded research center has unveiled a list of academic and life skills it says all students--disabled as well as nondisabled--should have upon leaving school.
A major publisher of materials for history and social-studies courses last month entered the rapidly growing field of custom publishing and hopes to extend its services soon into the precollegiate market.
Ann D. McLaughlin has announced that she will resign as the president and chief executive officer of the New American Schools Development Corporation.
The University Research Expeditions Program at the University of California at Berkeley has found a unusual way to improve the quality of science education in schools: send teachers out into the field.
FREDERICK COUNTY, Va.--It is a little after 4 P.M., and eight teachers, a librarian, and a principal are gathered around a big oak table in the library here at Armel Elementary School. It looks like the sort of after-school gathering that might be discussing a troublesome student, parking issues, or some other matter of school policy.
The Providence school district plans to use a $500,000 gift from a Rhode Island philanthropist to open a high school devoted to community service.
A pioneering program of school-based health clinics in St. Paul has failed to live up to its reputation for curtailing teenage-pregnancy rates, a study published in the January/February issue of Family Planning Perspectives contends.
The American Council on Education has sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Les Aspin in support of President Clinton's announced intention to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military.
When Pentagon officials announced the planned closing of Fort Devens near Boston, many people saw an aging military facility that was no longer needed with the winding down of the Cold War.
Although students at the City Magnet School in Lowell, Mass., don't start off quite as early, their school day isn't conventional either. Mornings are spent learning the principles of publishing, economics, and government; in the afternoon, students put such skills into practice at their "jobs'' at mock newspapers, banks, and courthouses within the school.
A 1991 Oregon school-reform law that has drawn national attention for its attempts to link education with economic needs is running up against the state's burgeoning fiscal crisis.
Bill Honig, the longtime California schools chief convicted last month on felony conflict-of-interest charges, was sentenced last week to 1,000 hours of community service and ordered to repay the state grants that led to the charges.
Washington State lawmakers are moving ahead with a school-reform plan proposed by a state panel late last year, after scaling the proposal back to reduce its cost and mollify key education groups.
The election campaign for Wisconsin's next state superintendent of public instruction is evolving into something of a referendum on the future of private-school-choice programs in the state.
Directory of Chief State School Officers
The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas.
WASHINGTON--The education-reform bill to be unveiled soon by the Clinton Administration will call for a commission to set "service delivery'' standards to measure the capacity of schools, Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley told a Senate committee last week.
WASHINGTON--The Clinton Administration's budget strategy has negative implications for education programs and devotes too much money to an unproven reform initiative, many lobbyists and other observers on Capitol Hill and in the education community said last week.
In tandem; A new tax?; Running scared?; Kids' questions
WASHINGTON--The federal government could make changes to the current student-loan program to reduce its costs and losses, thereby alleviating the need for a program in which the government would make loans directly to students, a report suggests.
WASHINGTON--A House subcommittee last week endorsed the part of President Clinton's economic-stimulus package that provides an $8.8 billion infusion into several social-service programs, including those assisting children, youths, and college students.
WASHINGTON--The Clinton Administration is proposing that the federal government establish a grant program to help school districts purchase the necessary equipment to access a proposed telecommunications "superhighway'' that would open vast electronic storehouses of information to students.
WASHINGTON--A House vote on reauthorizing the primary federal family-planning program was stalled last week by a proposed amendment that would require clinics to notify a parent when an underage client seeks an abortion.
Senate Confirms Kunin As Deputy Secretary
WASHINGTON--The Clinton Administration last week endorsed creation of a national board to help guide the development and adoption of voluntary skill standards and certificates for specific industries.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to decide a special-education case that will help determine the extent of school districts' responsibility to pay for private school placements of children with disabilities.
Whenever I see neighborhood locals from here or there pressing forward to a 6 o'clock news camera to complain about police "harassment,'' I think of a teenage boy kissing his girl friend.
A sobering look at childhood immunization in the March 1993 issue of The Atlantic shows how costly the 1980's were in terms of America's protection from common-disease epidemics. Citing figures from the Centers for Disease Control's recent overview of vaccination rates since 1985--the year the U.S. Immunization Survey was canceled--the article notes that the problem of unvaccinated youngsters has moved out of the inner-city and into the middle class.
School is over, dead, obsolete, finished, kaput--so asserts Lewis J. Perelman in his recent book School's Out: Hyperlearning, the New Technology, and the End of Education (New York: William Morrow & Company Inc., 1992). Therefore, all of the efforts by well-intentioned but misguided individuals and groups to reform, renew, or restructure schools are doomed to fail.
In School's Out, Lewis J. Perelman proposes that the current education system be scrapped in favor of "genuine learning,'' an enterprise made easier--and more mandatory--he says, by the advent of a new wave of knowledge technology that puts access to enhanced learning ("hyperlearning,'' in his phrase) in reach of everyone.
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