June 17, 1998
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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
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.
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.
Group Calls on Employers To Stress Achievement
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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