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Mentoring programs that link college students with at-risk youths need to become highly structured and provide greater staff support in order to be more effective, a report released last week concludes.
Despite an intensive effort to get a comprehensive education-reform bill passed before a new legislature convenes, Massachusetts legislative leaders last week postponed debate on the latest version of the bill until the end of the month.
As they lay plans for the Education Department's office for civil rights, officials of the incoming Clinton Administration may find some instructive lessons in the stormy 2 1/2-year tenure of Michael L. Williams.
The clock has run out on the ''populist crusade" of George Bush and Lamar Alexander to ''reinvent America's schools." The America 2000 litany with its "four big trams moving simultaneously down four parallel tracks" and it's gimmicky "A-Plus for Breaking the Mold Schools" has worn out its welcome while demeaning our public schools and the people who serve them.
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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