May 20, 1998

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The Ohio Education Association donated $500,000 to Every Child Counts, the campaign to pass a 1-cent sales-tax increase for public education that state voters defeated by an overwhelming margin this month.
The demand for higher performance is placing a host of new pressures on principals.

The business plan is simple: Build a network of private preschools and elementary schools. Keep tuition below what more elite private schools charge, thus staying affordable for middle-class families. But offer solid academics, loads of after-school activities, and potential models for the public schools.

When the 109-year-old De La Salle Institute needed money recently to improve its aging facilities, the independent Roman Catholic high school turned to the Chicago city government for help.
Federal education officials say a report showing that 6,093 students were expelled last school year for bringing firearms to campus provides proof that schools are cracking down on such offenses.

Dave Selden, the president of the American Federation of Teachers from 1968 to 1974, died May 8 of heart failure. He was 83.

Minnesota Board Approves Student Standards, Tests

Clinton Administration officials have hailed the recently reported five-year drop in the teenage birthrate as a national achievement. They have cited better contraceptive use and abstinence education as proof that school and community-based approaches thwart childbearing by teenagers.
With the constant stream of reports and recommendations about education reform, it's tempting to wonder whether anybody's listening.
The principal of a Tempe, Ariz., high school has spent much of the past two weeks apologizing to students and parents for a pep rally that sparked taunts aimed at females and included a boy and a girl wrestling in gelatin.
Boys and girls at a Tyler, Texas, middle school can look at each other, but they can't touch.
Children ages 5 to 12 should be encouraged to be active physically several hours daily--or at least 60 minutes--to meet their developmental needs, says a report released last week.

Arlington, Va.

To shore up and expand participation by states in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics is assembling a task force to learn how NAEP can best serve the states.

Day-Care-Entrance Varies Widely by Region

California school administrators are engaged in a bare-knuckle brawl with Los Angeles teachers over a ballot initiative that would restrict districts' spending on administration.
When Nannie Abbey Marie Sanchez was in school in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., some people told her she had a choice of only three careers: fast-food worker, janitor, or "planting flowers."
A group of 126 poor, mostly rural Texas school districts that joined a 1984 lawsuit that forced the state to rewrite its school aid law now says it wants to reopen the litigation because the state is backpedaling.
Alaska lawmakers approved a plan last week to overhaul a school funding system often criticized for its disparate treatment of urban and rural districts.
Mich. Adopts New Terms For Proficiency Testing;Indiana To Pay for PSAT; Utah Accord Reached; Iowa School Bill Vetoed
Call it the "May Surprise."

Gov. Pete Wilson of California announced last week that he wants to add more than $500 million to the education budget plan he unveiled in January in order to help pay for teacher training and textbooks, as well as intervention for low-performing schools and students.

Congress has six weeks to choose between spending $210 million on a new reading program or channeling the money to special education.

The House may have been in the midst of debating a voucher bill late last month, but Rep. Bill Goodling clearly had special education money on his mind when he strode to the chamber's lectern.


Administration Pushes Class-Size Reduction

Armed with a report reiterating its argument that smaller is better, the White House sent legislation to Congress last week for President Clinton's class-size-reduction initiative.

Schools shouldn't count on getting all the money they asked for this year from the federal "E-rate" program, a Federal Communications Commission official said last week.

The Department of Education is sitting on top of the research equivalent of a gold mine: more than 15 national databases on everything from children's preschool experiences to students' college course work. And it's all free for the asking.

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