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The outpouring of support for ailing Seattle Superintendent John Stanford drew national attention this summer, and in recent weeks even Hollywood has come knocking.
When it comes to compensating its top executive, the nation's largest school system now pays what may well be the nation's largest salary.

Lewis F. Powell Jr., the retired U.S. Supreme Court justice who was the court's ideological center in landmark cases involving affirmative action in education and government aid to religious schools, died Aug. 25 at age 90.
Milwaukee school officials are so certain that a decision to include white students from their city in the state's new open-enrollment program will amplify racial imbalances that they are fighting it in court.
From the classroom to the courtroom, school vouchers face their biggest tests yet in the new school year.
Although states' academic standards will vary with differing educational goals and needs, educators and national groups should seek consensus on the "essential features" of good standards and establish a common terminology, a report commissioned by the National Education Goals Panel recommends.

Topaz Samuels has $50 and a plan for profits.

High school upperclassmen are showing slightly better mathematics skills than their predecessors, but are failing to surpass their elders' verbal skills, according to scores on the two major college-entrance exams.
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Though overall drug use among adults has leveled off, young people are using marijuana in growing numbers, according to a recent federal report.
As policymakers continue to pursue measures that tie crucial decisions about students to tough new assessments, the National Research Council is sounding a warning about the use of such high-stakes testing.
When it comes to raising money, the National PTA has moved way beyond bake sales.

President Clinton and federal education officials are focusing attention on school safety with a new guidebook of strategies to help schools prevent violence.

The state school boards in Ohio and Illinois are hoping to hire new state chiefs by late October, despite political pressure to wait until after November's gubernatorial elections.
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After several failed attempts at placing a school construction bond on recent state ballots, California lawmakers have stepped up and passed legislation for an unprecedented $9.2 billion bond.

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.

Statewide Task Force in Ga. Outlines School Safety Plan

Georgia should produce a "school safety report card," place more emphasis on character education in the classroom, and increase funding to cover security-related programs. Those are a few of the recent recommendations of a statewide task force on safety and violence.

Twenty young people will receive a check in the mail this week from the Hammond, Ind., public schools simply for having been good students in high school.
The California's state school board is to respond this week to a recent court order by considering requests from 18 districts to be exempted from the state's new restrictions on bilingual education.

Washington

With only a month left on the legislative calendar, Congress and President Clinton have a lot of work to do.

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Sidestepping contentious school funding issues, the Senate Appropriations Committee quickly approved a $30.9 billion education spending plan last Thursday in what may have been a short-lived flourish of bipartisanship.

When President Clinton proposed new national tests 18 months ago, he said 4th graders and 8th graders throughout the country would be sitting down to take the exams in the spring of 1999.

The Clinton administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether school districts can be held liable under federal law for the sexual harassment of students by other students.

American Indian leaders are hailing as "historic" a recent executive order by President Clinton to craft a comprehensive federal policy on Indian education within two years.

Sometimes a nice guy--even when he's winning--takes his mitt, and goes home. That's how colleagues of Ira A. Fishman view his resignation last month as the founding CEO of the federal Schools and Libraries Corp.


Chairman of K-12 Panel To Join Pro-Voucher Board

Upon leaving Congress, the chairman of the House subcommittee that handles K-12 issues plans to accept an unpaid position as a board member of the Children's Educational Opportunities Foundation, a Bentonville, Ark.-based group that helps support privately subsidized voucher efforts.


The Telecommunications Act of 1996 authorized the E-rate program under a 64-year-old concept called universal service.
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