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So far, school voucher advocates in Colorado haven't had much luck with state ballot initiatives.

Forty-eight years ago, Homer Minus was one of nine black Delaware State College students who followed a young lawyer named Louis L. Redding down the path of racial equality.

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.

An Oklahoma mother who says her children have been ridiculed by classmates has asked a federal court to end the practice of having students grade each other's papers and then calling the grades aloud.
Milwaukee is on its way to becoming the site of yet another nationally watched school choice tussle. But this time the issue is not private school vouchers; it's charter schools.

Court Denies District Plan
Offering School Vouchers

Pizza parties are trite. A trip to McDonald's is passé.
An analysis of financial operations in the Philadelphia public schools commissioned by state lawmakers warns that the district is on a "hazardous course" that could lead to a takeover.

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.

Education Minnesota, the merged state teachers' union formed Sept. 1, is now officially affiliated with both national unions.
Giving the public schools a B for overall quality, the country's top district administrators are banking on class-size reduction and educational technology to push their schools to the head of the class, an opinion poll shows.
Alternative-certification programs that have grown up around the nation over the past 15 years can be "real solutions" to teacher shortages, a new report concludes.
Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania envisions a future where even the preschoolers are technologically savvy.
California voters are poised to consider what is arguably the most far-reaching school reform proposal ever to appear on the state ballot.
Officials have not decided how much weight to give the exams. In Kentucky, standardized-test scores will soon matter, at least a little.

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.

When Senate candidate Blanche Lincoln addressed the Arkansas Education Association this past summer, her platform sounded as if it had been penned in the White House.

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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