February 11, 1998

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While Congress wrangles over President Clinton's proposed voluntary national testing plan in reading and mathematics, a far greater issue for K-12 education--pervasive school disruption--cries out for equal time in the national debate. The problems of abysmally poor school culture and its accompanying bad behavior daily undercut any attempt to address academic achievement.
Colorful combatants in Washington and across the nation--like jaunty roosters embroiled in a cockfight--remain locked in battle over school choice and whether to further de-center public institutions. They rarely pause and take stock of lessons from neighboring policy arenas. Tireless lunging and pecking at each other has become all-consuming.
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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