June 10, 1998

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California's educators and its 1.4 million limited-English-proficient students are in limbo.
The nation's charter schools are struggling with a range of accountability issues.
A federal appeals court has struck down two Louisiana districts' policies on testing teachers and other school workers for drugs following workplace accidents.

Seniors Denied Graduation Walk for Failing Alabama State Test


A special panel formed to investigate disciplinary proceedings against black teachers in the Philadelphia schools has found no evidence of widespread discrimination.
With the threat of a state takeover looming, Philadelphia district leaders have adopted a $1.5 billion 1998-99 budget that ensures--despite earlier forecasts--that city schools will remain open the entire school year.

In a classroom of the Frederick Law Olmsted School one recent afternoon, a team of educators pored over a stack of applications for six-dozen coveted spots in the school's incoming kindergarten class.

Ask people what they think of this city's new policy on divvying up slots in public magnet programs, and just about everyone has a story--or at least an opinion.

Fortune smiled on California school district administrators last week as voters approved millions of dollars worth of local bond measures while rejecting a proposed statewide restriction on districts' administrative spending.
The outspoken school prayer proponent who is Alabama's incumbent governor hit at least a temporary roadblock last week in his quest to serve a second consecutive term in office.
Gov. Fob James
Last week's California primary set up a potentially dramatic face-off in November for the state's top education job.
Delaine Eastin
OCR Clears N.C. Schools Program; Colo. Links Goals, Accreditation

Just last month, the Department of Education released a report stating that the "consensus of research indicates that class-size reduction in the early grades leads to higher student achievement."


In the first floor vote on a school prayer measure in more than a generation, the House last week fell well short of the majority needed to pass the proposed Religious Freedom Amendment.

Rep. Barney Frank

The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear the appeal of a Massachusetts father whose ads promoting sexual abstinence among teenagers were rejected by a high school newspaper and yearbook.

There has been little for child-care advocates to celebrate since President Clinton announced a $21.7 billion plan in January to make high-quality care more affordable.

House Panel OKs Bilingual
Education Bill

The House Education and the Workforce Committee last Thursday passed a measure that would turn federal funding for bilingual education into block grants and give states more flexibility in the programs they offer.

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