May 27, 1998

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to try to clarify whether federal special education law requires districts to pay for continuous, one-on-one nursing services for medically fragile students.

The Hartford, Conn., schools' state-appointed management team jettisoned one of the last vestiges of the district's once locally elected board last week by arranging the exit of Superintendent Patricia Daniel.

Probation Officers To Be Placed in Several Maryland Schools

The Edison Project will nearly double its revenues and number of schools next school year, its fourth in operation, company officials said last week.
Union leaders and administrators in Cincinnati are asking why teachers last week rejected a joint union-district plan to give educators bonuses if their schools could demonstrate overall improvement.
The latest international study of math and science achievement is "misleading and seriously flawed," according to a critique published this month in Science.
With last week's 29-0 vote in favor of merger by the executive council of the American Federation of Teachers, the question of whether the two national teachers' unions will combine to become the country's largest single labor organization now goes before the people who can actually make it happen: the thousands of delegates who will represent the unions' members at their annual meetings this summer.
The closely watched effort in Memphis, Tenn., to enhance learning by encouraging the adoption of reform designs that encompass the entire school appears to be paying off.
For Gov. Tommy G. Thompson of Wisconsin, having Republicans in control of both houses of the legislature was no guarantee that he could carry through on his threat to take over the Milwaukee schools.
Mo. OKs Massive Finance Package; Mich. Districts Sue, Again; New Fla. Assessment Suffers Glitch

Student religious expression is alive and well in public schools because of several intensive efforts to help educators and communities understand what is allowed under the U.S. Constitution, several experts told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last week.

The House Budget Committee last week approved a plan that calls for raising education spending slightly over the next five years.


California's heated debate over bilingual education echoed in the halls of Congress last week.

At a gathering of educators and health professionals here last week, the nation's new surgeon general, Dr. David Satcher, vowed that he would make promoting school-based health care a priority.

Clinton Vetoes D.C. Voucher Bill

President Clinton last week vetoed a bill that would have provided federally financed vouchers for students from low-income families in the District of Columbia.

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