November 23, 1994

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With the dramatic midterm-election results as a backdrop, the developers of academic standards for civics and government last week released their guidelines for upgrading what they call one of the most neglected areas of education.
A committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued its first report on how church leaders should respond when allegations of sex abuse are leveled at priests.
A write-in candidate for the New Hampshire House was arrested outside an elementary school in Walpole, N.H., for distributing campaign literature containing graphic references to homosexuality.
It's a crisp October morning in the nation's capital. Groggy commuters emerge from the bustling downtown metro station with briefcases in one hand, newspapers in the other.
Current reform efforts tend to focus on mathematics and science. Not only does talk of reform generally involve raising standards and achievement in these two areas, but also, no other subjects receive the kind of federal support extended to programs in math and science.
Former Mayor Edward Koch of New York City was known for stopping people on the street and asking, "How'm I doing?" I liked that. Of course, I realized the query was political and egocentric, but there was a simplicity about it that was miles away from spin doctors and TV talking heads.
The passage of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act augurs a new era in the evolution of educational policy. Although states and localities will continue to pay well over 90 percent of the costs of elementary and secondary education, Goals 2000 heralds a dramatic shift in the locus of educational-policy formulation which will alter significantly the traditional prerogatives of federal, state, and local education officials.
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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