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Chicagoans watched closely last week for clues about the future of the city's schools, as Mayor Richard M. Daley prepared to assume unprecedented control over a big-city district through the appointment of a corporate-style board.
Caught in a long-running power struggle with Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Ramon C. Cortines announced last week he was resigning as chancellor of the New York City schools.
After an initial lag, high school dropouts who obtain a General Educational Development credential eventually fare better in the labor market than those who do not, a study by three Harvard University researchers concludes.
The Youth on Board organization has begun its first major project: providing technical assistance to five Massachusetts community groups to increase the presence of young people on their boards of directors.
The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee took up a workforce-development bill last week but delayed a vote on the measure until this week after several members, primarily Democrats, brought up a varied array of amendments.
If the resurgence of Republican leadership in government means anything, it signals broad public affirmation of individual rights and a deepening of the ever-present mistrust of bureaucracies, governmental and otherwise. American educators, at least at the precollegiate level, have yet to understand that this mistrust is directed toward them, too.
This is graduation season. It is a time when high school seniors are handed a diploma, the certificate that should be their ticket to a promising future. It is a time when their parents breathe a proud sigh of relief.
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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