September 16, 1998

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In the auditorium of his high school alma mater, Mayor Michael R. White officially took the reins of Cleveland's beleaguered school system last week, days after he named a nine-member school board drawn from a broad range of political, economic, and social backgrounds.

When a 1960s task force proposed the creation of a network of federal educational research laboratories, its members envisioned organizations akin to the National Institutes of Health and the Atomic Energy Commission.

After idling for two decades, the debate over whether to put seat belts in school buses has shifted into high gear once again.

For the third year in a row, the nation's school enrollment has hit an all-time high.
Striking teachers returned to work last week in Middletown Township, N.J., where the school board took the unusual action of firing nontenured teachers who didn't cross picket lines.

Boy Awarded $1.4 Million
For Electrical Accident

The affirmative action policies used by some of the nation's most elite colleges in the 1970s and '80s did their job, brightening the futures of minority students and teaching white students to value racial diversity, a new study of 45,000 college graduates suggests.
The Nebraska Supreme Court has handed Boys Town a financial victory, ruling that the state must compensate the venerable private institution for educating wards of the state.
Fourth graders in the nation's poorest schools are two to four levels behind their more affluent counterparts, a federal report says.
Just as many American classrooms will be echoing with the sounds of schoolchildren practicing phonics this school year, their counterparts in England will also be more deeply entrenched in learning basic literacy skills.

Education Progress
Up In South, Study Finds:

Study: Americanization Has Health Consequences for Children: The children of immigrants start out in the United States as healthy or healthier than their U.S.-born counterparts, but as they assimilate into American culture, their health declines, a study released last week concludes.


A very public contract dispute here last week between Mayor Michael R. White and the outgoing local schools chief, James W. Penning, marred what had been a smooth transition to a new governing structure for 76,500-student district.

Nebraska's new property-tax lid has apparently speeded up school district mergers. But whether that result is ultimately deplorable or desirable depends on whom you ask.

In a campaign-season flourish, Gov. John Engler of Michigan is proposing that parents and teachers in Detroit be given the option of taking over schools that aren't working.

States Flush
With Welfare-Reform Dollars

Putting welfare recipients to work is paying off for most states, according to a report from the U.S. General Accounting Office.

Californians will have many versions of Gov. Pete Wilson to remember when he steps down this winter after eight years in office.
During his first campaign for Georgia's highest office in 1990, Zell Miller outlined his vision for a new state lottery program that would keep Georgians from crossing state lines to play the revenue-generating games of chance and benefit education to boot.

In the face of rising political and legal turbulence, Bill Clinton sought refuge last week in a long-friendly environment.

The District of Columbia schools have again become the battleground for Congress' annual tug-of-war over partisan education agendas, with this year's battles focusing on the capital city's special education system and school choice.


The House late last week approved a controversial Republican-backed bill that would overhaul federal bilingual education programs.

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