June 24, 1998
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As a single parent who works as a hairstylist at a Long Island J.C. Penney store, Georgette Collazo has to struggle to give her daughter, Perrisha, a private school education. Ms. Collazo scrimps and saves to pay the roughly $3,500 tuition bill at the pre-K-8 Allen Christian School here.
- Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes, telephones, and other technologies.
A story on reinventing government in the June 3, 1998, issue of Education Week misidentified David Kysilko as a spokesman for the National School Boards Association.
N.Y.C.'s Alvarado Appointed to San Diego Academic Post
Phillip E. Runkel, the Michigan superintendent of schools from 1980 to 1987, died June 10 from complications following lung surgery. He was 70.
Shortly after a federal judge declared this city's schools officially desegregated in 1995, the school board here sent a message to anyone wondering whether its commitment to affirmative action would outlive the court order that had held sway for the past two decades.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
It seems President Clinton's proposed voluntary national tests face hurdles beyond those posed by politics and Capitol Hill lawmakers.
For anyone waiting for the policy elixir that will level the fiscal playing field between rich and poor school districts--forget it. That's the word from federal researchers who just issued a report on state school finance.
The following are summaries of final 1999 budgets for schools and highlights of education-related action during legislative sessions. Budget totals for K-12 education include money for state education administration, but do not include federal, flow-through dollars.
Court Upholds Engler's Orders
On Schools Chief's Authority
A Michigan appeals court has upheld Michigan Gov. John Engler's executive orders to transfer vast authority over school policy from the state board of education to the state schools superintendent.
Last week's failure of a massive tobacco-settlement bill in the Senate added new urgency to efforts by the Clinton administration and education lobbyists to find money to pay for class-size reductions and other programs with funding contingent on new cigarette taxes.
Even William Modzeleski, who seems to thrive on a schedule that speeds him from meeting to meeting at a dizzying pace, admits things have been pretty hectic lately.
The House passed a compromise plan to create "education savings accounts" last week, but the measure quickly drew a renewed promise of a veto from President Clinton.
A high-ranking National Science Foundation official who oversees K-12 education grants has agreed to pay $24,900 to settle a federal civil lawsuit. The suit stems from charges that he illegally accepted speaking fees while on duty.
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