June 24, 1998

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Funding for the Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools program has climbed significantly since the late 1980s.
Educators across the country expressed disappointment last week at the Federal Communications Commission's decision to cut funding for the federal "E-rate" discounts on telecommunications services and equipment.

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.

In Compton, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb that has long been mired in poverty and poor achievement, one of every 12 students--about 8 percent--is classified for special education.
For months, they've been the subject of heated debate--at state meetings, across phone and fax lines, and on World Wide Web pages.
  • 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.
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Eight years ago, one--and perhaps only one--of 71 school districts in Suffolk County, N.Y., was sitting pretty.
An issue that has divided neighbors in the well-to-do suburban Chicago villages that make up the New Trier High School District has been settled--at least for now.

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.
Nearly two decades after educators and other experts began noting that girls lagged behind boys on science and math tests, a report shows that girls have virtually caught up to boys in those subjects.
At least once a day, Principal Stephen M. LeClair sees them--fidgeting students lined up outside the nurse's office, "yapping in the hallway," and waiting for the prescription medication they need to control the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
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Technology education is about to join the academic-standards movement.
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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.

The labor federation is made up of 72 unions, representing about 13 million employees. Its members include service employees and blue-collar workers, but professionals are the fastest-growing segment. The following labor organizations are among the AFL-CIO's members:
To the millions of employees whose unions are its members, the AFL-CIO is the pre-eminent crusader for the American worker. But to many teachers, the group represents a blue-collar--and sometimes corrupt--style of labor organization that is incompatible with the aims of professionals.
The New York City school board took the first step last week toward overhauling special education in the nation's largest school system.
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Throughout her four years at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, Tabitha Whittaker made B's and C's. She participated in the band, the chorus, and cheerleading.
For the fourth time in as many years, the Arizona Supreme Court last week ruled unconstitutional the state's plan to create a more equitable finance system for school construction.

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.
Teachers, districts, and schools of education in New York state would all face stricter accountability measures under a plan proposed last week by the Regents Task Force on Teaching.

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.

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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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