May 17, 1995

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Beginning this summer, the Indiana State Teachers' Association will no longer have the ability to bargain with school districts for the right to collect fees from nonunion members.
vocational-education dollars are spent is emerging as a prominent question as Congress tackles several bills designed to replace existing federal programs with block grants.
Like heart surgeons confronting a clogged artery, many education reformers have concluded that the best way to deal with an obstreperous bureaucracy is to bypass it altogether. Frustrated by what they see as inflexibility and meddlesome micromanagement, these reformers have elected to focus their efforts on schools themselves. The decision by funders like the RJR Nabisco and Annenberg foundations to devote funds directly to schools, rather than districts, is one example of this phenomenon. The growing interest in charter schools is another.
The most important part of the training of aspiring teachers does not occur on the college campus. Yes, courses with names such as "Ed Psych" or "Design and Implementation of Interdisciplinary Curricula" are needed to create thoughtful practitioners. But the crucial test for those future teachers takes place not in college classrooms, but in our local elementary and secondary schools, where the college students do their student teaching.
Recently I came across an ad in an education journal for T-shirts, pens, and coffee mugs emblazoned with the words "Character counts!" And a little something inside me died.
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