June 17, 1998

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Proponents of private school vouchers may finally have the U.S. Supreme Court showdown they've been waiting for.
Many newspapers are using sophisticated computer techniques to delve into educational data.
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Hearing a growing chorus of criticism that its strict freshman-eligibility requirements for college athletes punish minority and low-income students and undermine school reform, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has signaled that changes could be on the horizon.
Health screenings that could detect the risk of sudden cardiac death in student athletes either don't exist or aren't detailed enough in many states and should be standardized nationally, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes.

A brief obituary on U.S. District Judge George F. Gunn Jr. in the June 3, 1998, issue of Education Week stated that the attempt to mediate the St. Louis school desegregation case was unsuccessful. In fact, that long-stalled effort is continuing.

Private Voucher Program
For 50,000 Pupils Launched

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Principals and other high school and middle school educators will be able to learn from expert colleagues across the country without leaving their schools, thanks to a new program developed by a national principals' group.
It seemed like a good idea at the time: If a district didn't adequately prepare its graduates for the workplace, employers could send them back for remediation, free of charge.

Just two days after Californians voted to eliminate nearly all bilingual education in the state's public schools, the Education and the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House also weighed in on the issue. The committee on June 4 approved HR 3892, the English Language Fluency Act, by a vote of 22-17. Sponsored by Rep. Frank Riggs, R-Calif., HR 3892 would make fundamental changes to the federal Bilingual Education Act.
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Depending on how the numbers are analyzed, U.S. students have either shown steady progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests over the past 25 years or they've been treading water.

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The divide between the vision of what a high-tech education should be and what's actually happening in the schools continues to defy attempts to bridge it, according to educators who were sharing ideas at a symposium here last week.

Curfews do not reduce juvenile crime and, in some cases, are even associated with an increase, a California study concludes.

Group Calls on Employers To Stress Achievement

In Kansas City, Kan., they're known as "comprehensive community schools." Boston calls them "walk-to schools." And in Denver, Oklahoma City, and San Jose, Calif., they're plain old neighborhood schools.
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Thanks to a last-minute revision to North Carolina's year-old K-12 accountability law, none of the teachers in the state's lowest-performing schools had to take a much-talked-about competency exam last week.
The Alabama Association of School Boards is asking a judge to bar the legislature from sending more than $211 million in state education dollars to charities, private colleges, and education-related programs run by state agencies other than the education department.
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Ky. Board Stresses Public School Diversity

Vowing to make diversity a priority in public schools, the Kentucky school board has directed the state education department to write recommendations in four areas: minority hiring, multicultural education, data collection on student populations, and the agency's commitment to school diversity.

Bowing to pressure from Gov. Pete Wilson, the California commission created by law to set standards for what students should know and be able to do agreed last week to wrap up its activities and turn the job over to the state school board.
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The Federal Communications Commission will not suspend the federal "E-rate" program, despite pressure to do so from key members of Congress, FCC Chairman William E. Kennard told a Senate subcommittee last week. But the program will be scaled back, he said, and will target its telecommunications aid to the poorest schools.

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With a career forged in educational grantmaking, state education policy, and academe, Kent McGuire seems to have spent a lifetime preparing for his new role as assistant secretary of the Department of Education's office of educational research and improvement.

The House and the Senate plan to vote this week on a quickly crafted compromise version of the "education savings account" bill that Republicans hope will force President Clinton to reverse his opposition to it.

The Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 vote last Friday, nearly cut in half the new federal "E-rate" subsidies to help the nation's schools and libraries buy telecommunications services.

Voucher proposals emerged as a topic of debate last week at the second hearing this year on the reauthorization of Head Start, the government's 33-year-old preschool program for poor children.

Supreme Court Rejects
Channel One Case

The U.S. Supreme Court last week turned away an appeal from several Florida parents who objected to their children's required viewing of the classroom news show Channel One.

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The Clinton administration won support last week from a respected panel of academics for one of its underlying arguments for why the United States needs new national tests in reading and math.

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