May 11, 1994

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If the education-reform movement is to succeed, American schools will need a longer school day and year, and should allocate at least 5-1/2 hours daily for instruction in nine core academic subjects, the final report of a federal commission recommends.
"Stand and Deliver,'' "Roger and Me,'' and "Eyes on the Prize.''
As accountability becomes a more prominent issue in education, foundation officers are increasingly watchful of where their philanthropic dollars go and how to measure their impact on school-based programs.
In the face of criticism from the higher-education community, the Education Department has scaled back some of the Clinton Administration's more controversial proposals for tightening federal oversight of postsecondary education.
White House passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, Congress is well on its way to implementing the Clinton Administration's school-reform plans. As passed by the House, the legislation contains one measure deeply desired by all advocates of assessment reform: elimination of the requirement to administer a norm-referenced test annually to all children in Chapter 1 compensatory education.
AmeriCorps is Coming!" announced a mailing sent out by the Corporation for National and Community Service earlier this year inviting educational institutions to propose programs that would serve communities and provide tuition benefits to participants.
Last August, by voting to become the first state in the nation to abolish the use of local property taxes as the primary means of funding public education, the Michigan legislature gave Gov. John Engler a golden opportunity to radically overhaul its state's public school system.
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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