September 14, 1994

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The Advertising Council has accepted a proposal from the Women's College Coalition to develop a public-service campaign on gender equity in education.
A federal judge has ruled that a Mississippi law allowing student-led prayers at public school gatherings is unconstitutional, except for a section permitting them at high school graduation ceremonies.
After a year that ushered in some of the most dramatic changes ever made in the 30-year-old federal student-loan system, the Education Department is forging ahead with a second wave of reforms that could prove even more controversial.
Until recently, the Littleton, Colo., school district was in the forefront of educational change. Taking seriously the dictum that all graduating students should be able to perform at high levels of achievement, the district embarked in 1987 on a process of reform that incorporated many of the latest ideas in organizational and educational structure and theory--strategic planning, school-based management, and performance- or outcomes-based requirements.
To grasp the inevitable link between technology and politics, consider this parable: Suppose that long ago humans had so effectively pioneered working and living at the bottom of the ocean that, over a long time, they had forgotten that they had ever lived differently. In this deep-sea society, scuba gear obviously was of such overarching importance that the provision and regulation of scuba gear was uncritically accepted as one of the essential functions of government.
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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