October 21, 1998
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So far, school voucher advocates in Colorado haven't had much luck with state ballot initiatives.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week turned away an appeal from a Tennessee teacher who was fired for refusing to undergo a psychiatric evaluation following an accident for which she was charged with drunken driving.
Court Denies District Plan
Offering School Vouchers
School discipline problems have a clear, negative impact on academic achievement, and traditional ways of keeping order in the classroom seem to work best, a report released last week says.
The federal government must play a greater role in making schools safer, President Clinton said last week as he announced plans to create a federal crisis-intervention team to respond to violent incidents at schools. The president also announced the creation of a special fund to increase the ranks of school police nationwide.
California Board Approves
Prop. 227 Rules
The California state school board has agreed to continue allowing school districts flexibility in how they carry out a new state law that calls for limited-English-proficient students to be taught mostly in English.
A sharply debated initiative that would have abolished property taxes in Arkansas was removed last week from the state's Nov. 3 ballot.
Early last year, Rob Reiner stepped out of his roles as an award-winning actor and director and entered the world of policy and politics with a national public-awareness campaign about the developmental needs of young children.
Even as Washington's powerbrokers were deciding the fate of proposed new national tests last week, the board in charge of the exams sought solutions to certain problems they would have if the plan ever became a reality.
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