July 8, 1998
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Private, for-profit alternative schools can't multiply fast enough for parents and principals anxious to find new venues for students cast out of public schools.
Following a complaint from a gay student who said he endured two years of abuse by other students, the Fayetteville, Ark., school district has signed an agreement with the federal Department of Education to crack down on sexual harassment.
The Department of Education will continue its vigorous enforcement of the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limits districts' liability in private lawsuits over teacher-student harassment, Secretary Richard W. Riley said last week.
Appeals Court Orders Aid
For Lutheran School Pupil
Though workbooks lie open and students sit neatly at their desks, the 8th graders assembled for the day's geometry lesson this morning at Beaubien Elementary School seem lulled.
The document recommends:
In preparing their latest homework assignment or lengthy research project, most students have access to the Internet, videos, and uncounted print resources at public and school libraries.
Advocates of urban school-to-work programs heard a sobering message at a recent conference held here by the Department of Education.
Requiring students to read the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and a daily newspaper would help connect them with their communities and perpetuate a more civil society, a recent report says.
Assessing All Not Easy,
Research Group Warns
The following are summaries of final fiscal 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.
Christie Says He May Resign As Texas School Board Chief
The chairman of the Texas board of education says he is "90 percent" sure that he will quit the 15-member panel by the end of the year, cutting short his term on the board by two years.
Funding for a new literacy program--a priority for President Clinton, as well as some Republicans in Congress--has quietly died on Capitol Hill, where it became a victim of partisan discord and bad timing.
There's something about Rep. Carolyn McCarthy that makes this group of 150 or so middle school students sit on the edge of their seats, watching and listening intently.
The House Education and the Workforce Committee has narrowly approved a measure that would consolidate 31 federal education programs and create a new $2.7 billion block grant for states.
The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its 1997-98 term by turning away appeals in two cases involving religion in the public schools.
House Republicans have released details of a frugal spending plan that would give minor increases to special education, impact aid, and block grants, but leave most school programs with little, if any, additional federal funding in fiscal 1999.
A bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee would bar most schools and libraries from receiving federal demonstration grants for information infrastructure.
Savings-Account Bill Faces
The Senate passed a compromise "education savings accounts" plan on June 24, but the 59-36 vote in its favor did not provide a veto-proof margin.
Marshall S. Smith has been waiting two years for a promotion, and the Senate still has no plans to give it to him.
Following are excerpts from the U.S. Supreme Court's majority and dissenting opinions in Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District.
Justice John Paul Stevens, joined by Justices David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer, delivered a dissenting opinion:
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