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California has launched a far-reaching overhaul of its teacher education requirements that shifts the state's longtime emphasis from a fifth year of study to a two-year internship for novice teachers.
Christopher J. Watkins has become an economic indicator of sorts in St. Louis Park, Minn.
A couple of years ago, Marques Suiter was making B's and C's in general academic classes, working for $5 an hour in his spare time at a plant nursery, and thinking he probably wouldn't have the grades or money to go to college.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to decide whether school districts can be sued under federal anti-discrimination law for failing to address student-on-student sexual harassment.

After guiding the College Board through more than a decade of transition, President Donald M. Stewart has announced that he will resign from the post next year.
The 43-year-old federal desegregation case that has often polarized the white and black communities in Nashville, Tenn., ended last week after an emotional four-hour hearing and the stroke of a judge's pen.

Group Names Sites Selected
For $140 Million in Vouchers


Alarmed by the widening gap in achievement between black and white students over the past 10 years, a group of leading scholars offers in a new book their suggestions for how to close it.

Who says teacher-educators are out of touch with the public schools?

The national teachers' unions displayed their growing commitment to teacher quality with a recent joint conference exploring ways that unions can work to improve the profession.

Teachers' unions are a popular topic for debate in political circles, but they rarely are subjected to scrutiny by academics.


Workplace child care is one of the most promising and fastest-growing sectors of the for-profit education industry, participants at an investment conference here agreed.

With an extensive new report claiming to document "an ultraconservative network" waging an assault on the public schools, the National Education Association has fired the latest volley in its battle against efforts to curb its political clout.

An experimental vaccine for children has proved highly effective in fighting meningitis and bloodstream infection and may protect against ear infections and pneumonia, a study has found.
Two years ago, the Brentwood, Pa., school board came up with a plan to save $6 million by renovating two old schools, rather than tearing them down to build new ones.

Billboard blitz

Henry Ingram wants people to know he's not happy with South Carolina's schools.

Taking their cue from polls showing that education is Massachusetts voters' top concern, players on the main stage of the state's political theater have left virtually no school issue out of the fray.

The following is a summary of the fiscal 1999 budget for schools. The total for K-12 education includes money for state education administration, but does not include federal, flow-through dollars.

N.J. Districts Embrace 'Whole School' Reform

Six dozen New Jersey schools in 14 urban districts are tackling reform from the ground up this fall, kicking off an ambitious, court-ordered effort to revamp inner-city schools, state officials have announced.

Tapping public fears over school safety, gubernatorial candidates of both parties are trumpeting a wide range of campaign proposals they say will restore order and discipline in the nation's classrooms.

Educators and policymakers are holding their collective breath over the fate of the Milwaukee school voucher program in the U.S. Supreme Court. But it is likely to be several weeks at least before the court even decides whether to review the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that upheld the program, which includes religious schools.



Hurry up and wait--and wait--has been the experience, so far, for the schools and libraries that applied last winter for federal discounts on telecommunications.

Higher education legislation sailed through the House and the Senate last week, raising hopes that Congress would see fit to fund its new teacher-training initiatives this year.

Tax Bill Includes School Construction Relief

The House has passed a broad-based tax-relief bill that would include some relief for districts facing school construction expenses.

The final rules for the amended version of the nation's main special education law are still nowhere in sight--and Republicans in Congress want to know why.

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