May 13, 1998

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The Buffalo school system has settled a lawsuit by a white 6th grader who said she was denied admission to a prestigious city school because of her race. The district agreed to accept her there next fall.
Crowded schools are a fact of life in booming Broward County, Fla. But one of the sprawling county's nearly 30 municipalities hopes to ease its classroom shortage by opening its own charter schools in August.

ACLU Contests Public Bond
For Mich. Catholic School

A story about teaching Shakespeare in the April 8, 1998, issue of Education Week credited the wrong federal agency with financing the Folger Shakespeare Library's institutes for teachers. The National Endowment for the Humanities underwrites the program.
Achievement results in the Edison Project's schools are less impressive than the private, for-profit company presents them, according to an analysis of testing data by the American Federation of Teachers.
Abstinence and better contraceptive use both have played a part in reducing the teenage birthrate, the authors of a report announcing the five-year trend said last week.
Teenage boys are using illegal drugs, engaging in risky sexual behaviors, and committing violent acts at significantly greater rates than previous studies have estimated, says a report published last week in the journal Science. The researchers attribute the differences to a new survey method they say is more reliable than older methods.


Parents for Public Schools, which was conceived in a Jackson, Miss., living room in 1989 by parents who were determined to resist middle-class flight and send their children to public schools, has come a long way in less than 10 years.

The National Education Association's board of directors has approved, by exactly a two-thirds majority, the "principles of unity" that would govern its steps toward merging with the American Federation of Teachers.
For the first time, 40 states and the District of Columbia can see how their 8th graders stack up in math and science against students in 41 nations worldwide.
Teachers' unions and their political foes expect next month's primary-election ballot in California to set the pace for a national movement on the issue of "paycheck protection."
Tennessee education and safety officials are working together to strengthen a bus-waiver program in hopes of significantly reducing the number of overcrowded school buses in the state.
A substantially trimmed-down annual list of Florida's academically troubled schools was released to much fanfare in Tallahassee last week.
Calif. Lawmakers Pass Bilingual Education Bill; N.J. Adopts Continuing Education Mandate; N.H. School Finance Agreement Reached; Calif. Says It Will Release Federal Funds

The Senate passed the Workforce Investment Partnership Act of 1997 last week despite concerns from some state and federal officials that an amendment to the bill could hinder vocational education.

Groups representing U.S. public and private schools, school administrators, and the nation's largest teachers' union have launched a "Save the E-Rate Campaign" to avert efforts to cut federal subsidies for telecommunications services for schools and libraries.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it more difficult for government officials to have civil rights lawsuits against them dismissed before trial.

The House voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the Higher Education Act last week after defeating an amendment that would have effectively made California's ban on racial and gender preferences in public-college admissions the law of the land.

Panel Weighs Block Grant Plan

Now that the Senate has passed a K-12 block grant plan, House Republicans are pushing one of their own.

In trying to judge school performance fairly, some researchers and policymakers are turning to a "value added" approach.
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